Buckeyes Outlast Lindenwood, 3-2
March 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's volleyball team earned a 3-2 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11) victory over Lindenwood Saturday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improved to 10-13 overall and 6-6 in MIVA play with the win.
Junior Michael Henchy picked up his fourth double-double of the season, totaling a season-best 19 kills to go with 12 digs. The Ventura, Calif., product tied a career-best with six blocks in the win, having two solo and four block assists. Redshirt freshman Driss Guessous finished with 14 kills and hit a stifling .722 on the night.
Junior Dustan Neary chipped in six kills and four blocks for the Buckeyes. Freshman setter Christy Blough totaled 44 assists and four blocks (1s, 3a), while Andrew Lutz, Michael Piechowski and Miles Johnson had six digs.
Colin Hackworth totaled 22 kills and five blocks for Lindenwood (19-7, 4-6). Michael Adams added 13 kills and libero David Poole had 10 digs. Setter Tim Schmidt had a match-high 55 assists for the Lions.
After the Buckeyes jumped ahead 4-1, the Lions responded with a 4-0 run to take a 6-5 advantage. Lindenwood used a 5-1 rally to move ahead 12-8 and forced a Buckeye timeout. More Lindenwood runs led to a 20-14 lead and went on to take the set, 25-20
Lindenwood errors led to a 7-4 Ohio State lead in set two, but the Lions regrouped to tie the set at eight apiece. Kills from Neary and Lutz pushed the Buckeyes to a 12-10 lead and a kill from Henchy set the score at 16-13. A Guessous kill triggered a 5-1 run to give Ohio State set point and the squad tied the match at one set a piece with a 25-20.
A kill by Guessous followed by a Henchy/Guessous block gave the Buckeyes an early 4-3 advantage in the third. Lion errors moved OSU to a 13-10 lead and a kill from Neary followed by one from Henchy made it 16-12 Buckeyes. The Buckeyes used a 5-1 run for a 21-17 lead and the team captured the set, 25-21.
The Buckeyes captured a 7-4 lead in the fourth and a solo Henchy block set the score 9-5. Lindenwood battled back to earn the lead at 13-12 and used a 4-0 run to gain a 19-17 advantage. Another Lion run set the score 23-20 and the visitors forced a fifth set with a 25-23 victory.
Locked at three apiece, a kill from Henchy sent the team on a three-point rally for a 6-3 lead. A Henchy/Neary block set the score 8-4 and the teams exchanged points until the end of the set. A Lion error gave the Buckeyes match point and a Neary/Henchy block sealed a 15-11 win.
Ohio State remains in Columbus for a MIVA match vs. nationally-ranked IPFW. The Buckeyes and the Mastodons will face off at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena, April 4. The squad then travels to George Mason for a non-conference match, April. 6.
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