No. 14 Buckeyes Drop 3-1 Match at No. 12 Penn State
Feb. 5, 2014
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The No. 14 Ohio State men's volleyball team traveled to No. 12 Penn State Wednesday for a non-conference contest and dropped a 3-1 (27-29, 25-22, 29-31. 15-25) match to the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes fell to 4-5 overall with the loss.
Five Buckeyes reached career highs in the match. Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz tied a career-best with 20 kills and added three block assists. Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous totaled a career-high 12 kills for the Buckeyes and finished with a team-high seven blocks (3s, 4a).
Penn State (6-2) had three student-athletes finish with double-digit kills. Nick Goodell had 20, while Aaron Russell and Peter Russell added 16 and 10 kills, respectively. Aaron Russell had a match-high five service aces and Goodell chipped in four.
After Penn State took a quick lead to start the first, the Buckeyes responded with a 5-1 run to take a 9-6 advantage. A kill from Michael Henchy triggered a three-point rally to push Ohio State up to a 14-11 lead and another 3-0 run set the score 20-16 in favor of the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions began to chip away and eventually tied the set at 22 to force a Buckeye timeout. The teams battled back and forth until PSU used a two-point run to win 29-27.
The Buckeyes captured a 5-2 lead to start the second set and a trio of Nittany Lion errors led to a 10-5 OSU advantage. Ohio State captured its largest lead of the set at 16-10 before Penn State used a 6-1 run to come within a point at 17-16. A pair of two-point rallies gave the Buckeyes a 23-20 lead and a kill from Guessous sealed a 25-22 set win.
Ohio State opened the third with a 4-0 lead and held its four-point margin until a Penn State run gave the Nittany Lions an 11-10 advantage. A kill by Lutz sent the Buckeyes on another 4-0 run to move ahead at 15-12. Ohio State took its largest lead at 21-16 on a Dustan Neary /Lutz block, but the Nittany Lions responded with a six-point rally to regain the lead at 23-22. The squads exchanged points until, locked at 29, PSU secured the set with a 31-29 victory.
The Nittany Lions used the momentum in set four and took a quick 6-2 lead. Penn State moved ahead at 14-8 and followed with a five-point run for a 19-10 advantage. The home squad took the match with a 25-15 win.
The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena Sunday and kick off a five-match homestand starting with Saint Francis. The match is slated for 4 p.m. ET and a post-match clinic for kids eight grade and younger is available. Visit http://go.osu.edu/14MVBClinic for more details.
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