March 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball posted a 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20) victory over Lees-McRae Saturday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improved to 17-5 on the season with the victory.
Senior Chen Levitan totaled 13 kills to lead all student-athletes, while Nick Gibson added a season-high 12 kills. Redshirt sophomore Shawn Herron posted a .667 hitting percentage with seven kills in the match. Senior Grayson Overman finished with a match-high six blocks (1s, 5a) and Gibson chipped in three.
Lees-McRae (16-11) was led by Jose Ribas with 12 kills, while Joshua Jones finished with 10. Randy Ramirez tallied 40 assists and libero Efrain Negron led all student-athletes with 10 digs.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after Lees-McRae posted four-straight attack errors in set one, forcing a Lees-McRae timeout. An ace from Ramirez closed the gap to set the score, 15-11 Ohio State. A block by Kyle Lawrence and Herron gave the Buckeyes a 14-8 advantage and back-to-back kills from Gibson and Levitan extended the Buckeyes' lead to 20-14. A kill from Levitan sealed the first set victory, 25-21.
Ohio State started things off in the second set with a prompt 7-2 run, highlighted by kills from Levitan and Overman. Matt Pohlman notched a kill to give the Buckeyes a 10-5 lead over the Bobcats, while Levitan contributed an ace to put the Buckeyes ahead 12-6. An assisted block from Overman/ Peter Heinen forced a Bobcat timeout at the 18-13 mark. Following the timeout, back-to-back aces from Danny Baker gave the Buckeyes a 22-13 lead and the squad took the set with a kill from Jonathan Newton, 25-16.
Lees-McRae responded with a 25-23 win in the third set. Levitan recorded a service ace to give the Buckeyes a 3-1 lead over the Bobcats. A kill from Bobcat Brady Markle brought the score to an even 7-7, the first of eight tie scores in the third set. The Buckeyes and Bobcats exchanged points throughout the set until a kill from Ribas gave Lees-McRae its first lead of the evening, 17-16. Following the Buckeye timeout, Levitan notched a kill to even the score at 17. A Bobcat kill gave the visitors a 22-21 advantage over the Buckeyes that they did not give up and they forced a fourth set at 25-23.
After falling behind early in the fourth, the Buckeyes locked the score at four apiece. Errors plagued the Bobcats and Ohio State took advantage for a 12-9 lead. Kills from Herron and Gibson pushed the home team ahead at 16-12 and more Bobcat errors elevated the Buckeyes to a 22-16 lead. A kill by Michael Henchy gave the squad set point and another kill from Henchy sealed a 25-20 win.
The Buckeyes will make their final road trip of the regular season to Romeoville, Ill., to take on Lewis April 4 at 8 p.m. ET. The squad then follows with a match at Loyola-Chicago April 6 at 5 p.m. ET.