March 2, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 7 Ohio State men's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (13-25, 20-25, 23-25) match to No. 10 Lewis Saturday night in St. John Arena. The loss is the first for the Buckeyes in MIVA play, falling to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the league.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz totaled 10 kills to lead the Buckeyes, while sophomore Michael Henchy finished with seven. Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson had a team-best nine digs and senior Grayson Overman totaled five blocks (2s, 3a) to lead the squad.
Lewis (12-5, 8-0) was led by Geoff Powell with 15 kills and 11 digs. Middle blocker Yiwel Zhou had a match-high six blocks (2s, 4a), while Bobby Walsh and BJ Boldog each totaled five (1s, 4a).
Tied at three early in the first, a three-point Flyer run led to a 6-3 lead. A 4-0 Lewis run gave the visitors a 12-7 advantage and a three-point Lewis rally gave the Flyers a 15-9 advantage. Lewis closed out the set on a 7-2 run to win, 25-13.
The Flyers opened the second set on a 3-0 run and pushed ahead to a 10-4 lead. Following an Ohio State timeout, back-to-back Henchy/Overman blocks cut the Lewis lead at 15-10 and a kill by Lutz following an Overman ace set the score 17-13. A pair of two-point runs gave the Flyers a 23-17 advantage and the squad finished the set with a 25-20 win.
A kill by Chen Levitan and another by Lutz gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the match at 2-1 to open the third. A three-point Buckeye run pushed the home team ahead at 7-5 before the Flyers battled back to tie the set at eight apiece. A trio of Lewis errors lifted Ohio State to a 14-12 lead and a kill from Lutz set the score 16-13 to force a Flyer timeout. Lewis regrouped and utilized a pair of 3-0 run to regain the advantage at 19-17. Another three-point run gave the Flyers a 23-20 lead and the team sealed the match with a 25-23 win.
Ohio State travels west for a pair of MIVA matches against Grand Canyon March 8-9. The Buckeyes and the Antelopes face off at 9 p.m. ET both days in Phoenix.
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