No. 15 Buckeyes Bested at No. 12 Ball State, 3-1
March 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State men's volleyball team fell to No. 12 Ball State, 3-1 (26-28, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25), Sunday in Muncie, Ind. The Buckeyes dropped to 8-13 overall and 4-6 in MIVA play.
Three Buckeyes in Andrew Lutz, Michael Henchy and Christy Blough totaled double-doubles in the match. Lutz led all attackers with 19 kills and added 10 digs for his second double-double of the season. Henchy picked up his third double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs, while Blough's 49 assists and 11 digs made for his second double-double this year.
Ball State's (17-5, 6-2) Kevin Owens had a team-best 16 kills, while Marcin Niemczewski had 13 kills and 15 digs. Matt Sutherland finished with 14 kills and libero David Vandermeer totaled 12 digs.
After falling behind 4-0 in set one, the Buckeyes battled back to cut the Ball State lead at 5-4 with an ace from Johnson. Cardinal errors followed by a solo block and a kill from Guessous gave Ohio State a 12-10 advantage. Ball State servers gave the home team a 17-15 lead before a five-point Buckeye run pushed OSU ahead at 22-19. Kills by Johnson and Blough brought Ohio State to set point at 24-21, but the Cardinals closed out the set on a 7-2 run to win 28-26.
Ball State used a 5-1 run to take an 11-9 advantage to start the second set and force a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State quickly responded with a run to regain the lead at 12-11 and a kill from Lutz with a service ace by Alex Judkins pushed the Buckeyes up 17-15. The Cardinals rallied late to tie the set at 22, but back-to-back kills from Lutz and a BSU error gave Ohio State a 25-22 win.
A pair of small runs led to a 5-3 Buckeye lead to start the third. Ball State came back with a 7-2 run to grab a 15-11 lead, but Cardinal errors brought OSU within one at 17-16. Kills from Johnson and Henchy tied the set at 20 before BSU attackers came alive to win the set, 25-22.
The Cardinals captured a 12-6 lead in set four, forcing Ohio State to use both timeouts early in the set. A kill by Henchy followed by a Henchy/Shawn Herron block and a Blough service ace cut the Ball State lead at 15-12 and back-to-back kills from Johnson set the score 18-15 BSU. The teams exchanged points to close out the set as the Cardinals sealed the match with a 25-20 win.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena next weekend for a pair of MIVA matches, March 28-29. The Buckeyes face Quincy in a 7 p.m. ET match Friday and follow with another 7 p.m. ET match vs. Lindenwood Saturday. Admission is free for both matches.