March 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 Ohio State men's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) match at MIVA rival Ball State Friday night in Muncie. The loss moved the Buckeyes to 15-4 overall and 7-2 in the conference.
Senior Grayson Overman led the squad with five blocks (1s, 4a) and added seven kills. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz totaled 11 kills, while sophomore libero Brennan Anderson finished with a match-high 12 digs.
Jamion Hartley led the Cardinals (14-5, 5-5) with 15 kills, while Graham Mcilvaine totaled 28 assists and 12 digs. Libero Tommy Rouse had 10 digs and Matt Leske finished with seven blocks (1s, 6a).
The Cardinals captured a quick 5-0 lead to start the first and pushed ahead for an 11-3 advantage to force an Ohio State timeout. Kills from Lutz and Overman cut the lead to seven at 14-7, but another Ball State run gave the home squad a 20-11 mark and the team took the set, 25-15.
Down 4-1 early in set two, a kill by Lutz and blocks by Overman/ Peter Heinen tied the set at four. Kills from Michael Henchy and Chen Levitan brought Ohio State within a point at 10-9, but the Cardinals utilized its home court advantage and pushed a 9-2 run for a 22-15 lead. A late Buckeye rally wasn't enough as Ball State captured the set, 25-21.
A kill by Lutz triggered a 6-1 Ohio State run to start the third and the Buckeyes pushed ahead for a 10-6 lead. The Cardinals chipped away at the Ohio State lead and locked the set at 15 apiece. Tied at 18, a 3-0 Ball State run gave the home team a 21-18 lead and the Cardinals sealed the match with a 25-21 win.
Ohio State returns to the court Saturday and takes on MIVA rival IPFW in Fort Wayne. The two teams face off at 7 p.m. ET.
My Gameday - Nicolas Szerszen