No. 8 Buckeyes Sweep Juniata


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Columbus, Ohio - The eighth-ranked Ohio State (8-3 overall, 5-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men's volleyball team, behind a match-high 15.5 points from Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio), won a 3-0 (30-22, 30-28, 30-19) victory over Juniata (4-5) Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. Klein produced 11 kills, three ace serves, a solo block and one assist block in the contest. Juniata's Craig Harvey had a team-high 13.5 points for the Eagles with 11kills, one ace serve, a solo block and one assist block.

Ohio State took a 3-0 lead in game one with a Juniata error, a Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.)-Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) block and a solo block by Mathews. At 6-3, a Zach Bock kill cut the lead to two at 6-4. The Buckeyes with an Eagle error and two kills from Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) and one from Klein opened up a 10-4 lead. With Ohio State holding a 25-18 lead, two OSU errors and a Bock-Dan Powers block cut the margin to three at 25-22. The Buckeyes closed out the game with the next five points starting with a Klein kill and his ace serve to make it 27-22. Klein, with a kill and another ace serve, set game point at 29-22. Ohio State closed out the game with a Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio)-Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) block to win, 30-22. For the game, Ohio State hit .355 to .125 for Juniata.

Tied at three in game two, Ohio State scored the next five points to open an 8-3 lead. The run began with an ace serve from Mathews and assist blocks from Heine and Klein and Heine and Versen. Two Juniata errors took the lead to 8-3. Trailing, 22-17, the Eagles scored the next five points to tie the game at 22. A Matt Werle kill began the scoring run. A block from Powers and Craig Harvey made it 22-19. A Chris Vrooman ace serve, an OSU error and a solo block from Werle tied the game at 22. A Tobkin kill and a Klein solo block gave Ohio State a 24-22 lead. Each squad scored twice to move the score to 26-24, OSU. An OSU error and a Vrooman kill tied the game at 26. Errors by both teams made it 27-all. A Heine kill and an OSU error made it 28-28. An Eagle error set game point for Ohio State at 29-28. The Buckeyes won the game, 30-28, off a Juniata error to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .051 for the game to -.024 for the Eagles.

Juniata held a 2-1 lead in game three. A Heine kill tied the game at two. A Versen-Heine block gave OSU a 3-2 lead. A Juniata kill from Craig Harvey tied the game at three. A Harvey ace serve put the Eagles ahead, 4-3. A Klein kill tied the game at four and his ace serve followed by a Juniata error gave Ohio State a 6-4 lead. Two OSU errors and a Versen kill made it 7-6, OSU. Juniata tied the game at seven with a Vrooman-Powers-Werle block. The Buckeyes responded with a kill and solo block from Spurlock and a Spurlock-Tobkin block to take a 10-7 lead. The Eagles cut the margin to 11-9, but two ace serves from Spurlock and an Eagle error made the lead five at 14-9. Leading 26-19, a Heine kill and two from John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) set match point at 29-19. OSU closed out the game with a Versen-Spurlock block, winning the game 30-19 and the match, 3-0. For the game, Ohio State hit .476 to .065 for Juniata.

For the match, Ohio State hit .253 to .048 for Juniata. The Buckeyes had a 39-34 advantage in kills and a seven-to-three margin in ace serves. Klein posted a match-high three for the Buckeyes. Ohio State gave up 15 service error to 13 for the Eagles. Defensively, The Buckeyes edged Juniata in digs, 30-29. OSU's Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) recorded a match-high 10. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 15 to 10 margin in team blocks. OSU's Heine recorded a match-high seven assist blocks for his career high. Juniata setter Werle had a match-high 30 assists in the contest while Mathews had 25 and Steven Kehoe (So.-Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) nine for Ohio State.

Ohio State continues at home next weekend when they host third-ranked Long Beach State (10-1) in 7 p.m. matches Friday and Saturday in St. John Arena.

Article courtesy of Ohio State athletics.

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