No. 8 Ohio State Defeats No. 14 Loyola-Chicago, 3-2

2/2/2008

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Columbus, Ohio - The eighth-ranked Ohio State (6-1 overall, 5-0 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men's volleyball team used a 3-2 (30-26, 27-30, 30-16, 28-30, 15-13) victory over No. 14 Loyola-Chicago (5-3, 3-1) to secure sole possession of first place in the conference Saturday evening in St. John Arena.

OSU's Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a match-high 25 points while Brett Versen (5th-Sr., Centerville, Ohio) added 24 for the Buckeyes. Klein produced 25 kills in the contest with Versen recording 19 kills, a career-tying four ace serves and two assists. For Loyola-Chicago, Ian Anderson had a team-high 18.5 points with Nick Lamoureux adding 17. Anderson had 14 kills, an ace serve, two solo blocks and three assist blocks for the Ramblers with Lamoureux contributing 13 kills, one ace serve and six assist blocks.

Game one was close with eight ties and four lead changes. Loyola-Chicago held a 12-11 lead when a Rambler error tied the game at 12. Two ace serves from Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) and a Loyola-Chicago error gave Ohio State a 15-12 lead. At 22-20, a John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) kill and consecutive assist blocks by Versen and Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) made it 25-20. A Klein kill set game point at 29-25. An OSU error made it 29-26. Heine ended the game with a kill at 30-26. Ohio State hit .250 for the game to .161 for Loyola-Chicago.

Ohio State opened game two with a Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.)-Spurlock block, a Rambler error and a Klanac ace serve for a 3-0 lead. Loyola-Chicago stayed closed tying the game at 14 with an Anderson kill. An Anderson ace serve and an OSU error put the Ramblers ahead, 16-14. Down 19-17, kills from Spurlock and Heine tied the game at 19. At 20-all, a Versen kill put OSU ahead, 21-20. Two OSU errors and an Anderson kill opened a 23-21 Rambler lead. At 28-25, a Joe Guntli kill set game point at 29-25 for Loyola-Chicago. Two Rambler errors cut the margin to 29-27. Loyola-Chicago won the game, 30-27, with a Lamoureux kill to tie the match at one game each. The Ramblers hit .241 in the game to .222 for Ohio State.

From a 1-1 tie in game three, a Klein kill and a solo block by Heine put Ohio State ahead for good at 3-1. OSU expanded the lead to double-digits and reached game point at 29-16 with a Heine kill. A Rambler error ended the game at 30-16 to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .375 for the game to .000 for Loyola-Chicago.

In a close game four, Loyola-Chicago broke a 9-9 tie with a Guntli kill and a Kris Berzins-Lamoureux block to lead 11-9. At 25-23, a Rambler error and a Klein kill tied the game at 25. A Berzins kill made it 26-25. A Rambler error tied the game at 26. Loyola-Chicago took a 27-26 lead with a Lamoureux kill. Klein tied the game at 27 with a kill. A Versen kill put Ohio State ahead, 28-27. A Buckeye error tied the game at 28. An ace serve by Lamoureux set game point at 29-28 for the Ramblers. An OSU error ended the game, giving Loyola-Chicago a 30-28 win and tied the match at two games each. The Ramblers hit .531 to OSU's .438.

Game five opened with two kills from Lamoureux and one from Guntli for a 3-0 Loyola-Chicago lead. Buckeye kills from Mathews and Klein cut the lead to 3-2. A Lamoureux kill and a Rambler error made it 4-3. Klein tied the game at four with a kill. Lamoureux gave the Ramblers a 5-4 lead with a kill. Klein tied the game with a kill and OSU took a 6-5 lead with a Heine kill. A kill from Mike Hutz tied the game at six. A solo block by Anderson gave Loyola-Chicago a 7-6 lead. Versen, with a kill tied the game at seven. Two Rambler errors and a solo block by Spurlock gave Ohio State a 10-7 lead. An error by the Buckeyes and a Michael Morice kill cut the OSU lead to one at 10-9. Versen, with a kill, and an ace serve made it 12-9, Ohio State. Loyola-Chicago cut the lead to two at 12-10 with a Berzins kill. A Rambler error made it 13-10, OSU. A Rambler block by Lamoureux and Berzins made it 13-11. Ohio State reached match point at 14-11 with a Spurlock kill. The Ramblers stopped the match point with a Lamoureux kill at 14-12. An OSU error stopped the second match point at 14-13. Ohio State closed out the game, 15-13, on the third match point with a Versen kill to win the match, 3-2. The Buckeyes hit .353 for the game to .300 for Loyola-Chicago.

For the match, Ohio State hit .317 to .252 for Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes had a 72-62 advantage in kills and an eight to two margin in ace serves. The Ramblers gave up 22 service errors to 19 for Ohio State. Defensively, Ohio State had a 27-21 edge in digs with OSU's Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) recording a match-high 13. At the net, the Ramblers enjoyed a 14.5 to 11 margin in team blocks. Spurlock, for the Buckeyes, had a match/career-high nine total blocks with a solo and eight assists. At setter, Mathews produced a match-high 62 assists for Ohio State with Hutz recording 52 for the Ramblers.

The Buckeyes next travel to Rutgers-Newark Friday and No. 12 George Mason Saturday for non-conference matches next weekend.

Article courtesy of Ohio State athletics.

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