Total Team Effort Drives No. 10 Buckeyes to 3-1 Win over George Mason
Feb. 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State men's volleyball team closed out the weekend with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23) win over George Mason Saturday night in St. John Arena. It was a total team effort for the Buckeyes (6-2) as three finished with double-digit kills and four had double-digit digs.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz notched the first double-double of his career, totaling 15 kills and a career-best 14 digs. Sophomore Michael Henchy added 13 kills and tied a career-high 14 digs for his second double-double this season. Redshirt senior John Tholen had a season-best 10 kills and added two digs and two block assists.
Senior Chen Levitan finished with a career-high 13 dig, while libero Brennan Anderson had a match-best 16 digs to lead the Buckeye defense. Levitan and classmate Grayson Overman led the squad with three blocks apiece.
The senior-laden Patriots (2-5) were led by Andrew Dentler with 19 kills and nine digs. Senior Mark Jones finished with 10 kills and 10 digs, while senior Piotr Dabrowski had eight kills and a match-best four blocks.
A handful of Patriot errors lifted Ohio State to an early 6-2 lead to start the first set. George Mason regrouped and eventually tied the set at 11 before taking its first at 14-12. Kills from Henchy and Lutz tied the set at 15 and a kill by Lutz triggered a 4-1 Buckeye run for a 20-17 advantage. The Patriots battled back with a 6-2 run to lock the score at 22 and the visitors used momentum to take a 25-23 win.
Buckeye blockers gave the team a quick 3-0 lead in set two and a kill by Henchy set the score 6-4. A Patriot service error led to a 6-1 Ohio State run for a 16-10 advantage. A Tholen kill and Peter Heinen service ace pushed the Buckeyes up 20-13 and the squad went on to take the set, 25-17.
Up 5-4 in the third, a kill by Overman sent Ohio State on a 3-1 run for an 8-5 lead. The Buckeyes held on to its slim lead throughout the middle of the set until a kill by Tholen started a 5-1 run for a 22-17 advantage. A kill by Levitan gave the Buckeyes set point and Heinen sealed the win with a kill, 25-19.
George Mason responded with a 4-2 lead to open the fourth. A Levitan/Tholen block led to a four-point Buckeye run to give the team its first lead, 10-8. The Patriots tied the set at 15 and used a trio of two-point rallies to regain the lead at 19-17 and force a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State answered and locked the score at 19 and the teams exchange points until a kill by Overman followed by Patriot errors gave the Buckeyes the 25-23 win.
Ohio State travels to nationally-ranked Penn State for a non-conference match Feb. 9. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions face off at 8 p.m. ET from Rec Hall.