No. 7 Buckeyes Sweep Rutgers-Newark

2/8/2008

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Columbus, Ohio - The seventh-ranked Ohio State (7-1 overall, 5-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men's volleyball team, behind 12 points from Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) won a 3-0 (30-24, 30-27, 30-20) victory over Rutgers-Newark (3-6) Friday night in The Golden Dome. Heine scored a team-high nine kills, a solo block and four assists in the match while hitting a career-high .692 (13 attempts). Scarlet Raider Nate Stott had a match-high 13 points for Rutgers-Newark with 12 kills and two assist blocks.

Game one reached 13-13 after 13 ties. A Rutgers-Newark error, a Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) kill and a Scarlet-Raider error opened a 16-13 Buckeye lead. At 23-20, a Rutgers-Newark error took the Ohio State lead to four at 24-20. A Jon Keller kill and an OSU error made it 24-22. A Scarlet-Raider error and a Derek Wolfe kill moved the score to 25-23. Buckeye kills from Heine and Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) and a Klein ace serve gave Ohio State a 28-23 lead. The Scarlet Raiders, with a Kenneth Stumbaugh kill, cut the lead to four at 28-24. A Rutgers-Newark service error set game point for Ohio State at 29-24. A John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) kill ended the game at 30-24 for the Buckeyes. Ohio State hit .381 for the game to .387 for the Scarlet Raiders.

Game two opened with a Rutgers-Newark block by Nick Johnson, Stott and Keller but a service error tied the game at one. Ohio State then scored the next four points starting with a Klanac kill. A solo block by Heine, a Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) kill and a Scarlet Raider error gave the Buckeyes a 5-1 lead. Rutgers-Newark responded to tie the game at eight with a Jeff Zornig-Keller block. Tied at 10, three OSU errors opened up a 13-10 Scarlet Raider error. A Rutgers-Newark error and a Klein-Heine block cut the margin to 13-12. At 14-13, a Heine kill tied the game at 14. With the game tied at 20. Ohio State took a 24-20 lead with three Scarlet-Raider errors and a Klein kill. A Kenny Rienecker kill followed by a Klein kill made the score, 25-21. Scarlet Raider kills from Nick Johnson, Zornig and Stumbaugh cut the lead to one at 25-24. Two Rutgers-Newark errors made it 27-24, OSU. A Buckeye error made it 27-25. A Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio)-Heine-Versen block took the lead to three at 28-25. A Stott kill made it 28-26. Ohio State reached game point at 29-26 with a Versen kill. A Buckeye error made it 29-27. Ohio State won the game, 30-27, off a Rutgers-Newark error. The Buckeyes hit .312 for the game to .121 for the Scarlet Raiders.

A Buckeye kill from Klein and a Scarlet Raider kill from Keller tied game three at one. Two Versen kills put Ohio State ahead, 3-1. A Johnson kill made it 3-2. A Rutgers-Newark error and a Heine kill took the lead to 5-2. At 12-9, a Tobkin kill and a Tobkin-Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) block made it 14-9. A Kenny Rienecker kill and a Zornig-Stumbaugh block cut the lead to 14-11. At 15-12, a Tobkin kill and a Scarlet Raider error took the lead to 17-12. A Keller-Zornig block made it 17-13. A Spurlock kill, two Rutgers-Newark errors and a Heine kill expanded the Buckeye lead to 21-13. At 28-20, a Klein kill set match-point at 29-20. Ohio State won the game, 30-20, with a Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.)-Heine block, winning the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .474 in the game to .143 for the Scarlet Raiders.

Ohio State hit .393 for the match to .217 for Rutgers-Newark. The Buckeyes had a 45-41 margin in kills and a 3-1 edge in ace serves. Rutgers-Newark gave up 18 service errors to 15 for the Buckeyes. Defensively, the Scarlet Raiders had a 26-23 advantage in digs with Derek Wolfe recording a match-high eight for the Scarlet Raiders. OSU's Versen had a team-high six for the Buckeyes. Ohio State had an eight to 6.5 margin in team blocks. Heine, for Ohio State, had a match-high five blocks with a solo and four assists. At setter, Zornig recorded a match-high 34 assists in the match while OSU's Mathews collected 23 and Steven Kehoe (So.-Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) added 15 for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State continues on the road Saturday when they face 14th-ranked George Mason at the John Linn Memorial Gym in Fairfax, Va.

Article courtesy of Ohio State athletics.

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