No. 14 Ohio State Defeats No. 15 Loyola Chicago
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 14th-ranked Ohio State (11-9 overall, 7-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men's volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (30-21, 30-25, 31-29) victory at No. 15 Loyola-Chicago (12-9, 1-5) Friday night in Alumni Gym. OSU's Ted Schoenfeldt posted a match-high 15.5 points in the match with 13 kills and five assist blocks. John Klanac added 14.5 points with 13 kills and three assist blocks. Leading Loyola-Chicago was Krisjanis Berzins with 11.5 points with 10 kills and three assist blocks. Michael Morice contributed 10 points with five kills, three ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks.
Game one saw Ohio State break a 2-2 tie with a John Albertson kill and a Steven Kehoe-Albertson block for a 4-2 lead. A Berzins kill and errors by both teams made it 5-4. A kill from Albertson and a solo block from Kevin Heine gave OSU a 7-4 lead. Two kills from Nick Lamoureux cut the lead to one at 7-6. At 14-13, a kill from Heine and three Rambler errors opened an 18-13 OSU lead. The Buckeyes held the lead reaching game point at 29-20 with an Albertson kill. Loyola-Chicago stopped the game point with a kill from Berzins at 29-21. Ohio State won the game, 30-21, with a Schoenfeldt kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .464 for the game to .276 for the Ramblers.
At 2-2 in game two, Buckeye kills from Schoenfeldt and Robbie Klein gave Ohio State a 4-2 lead. At 6-4, a Buckeye error cut the lead on one at 6-5. Ohio State scored the next five points to open an 11-5 lead. The run began with an Albertson kill and a Rambler error. A Heine-Klanac block, a Loyola-Chicago error and a kill from Klanac gave the Buckeyes a six-point lead. The Ramblers closed within two points several times, the last at 25-23 with a Mike Bunting kill. After a Buckeye time out, an Albertson kill, an Albertson-Klanac block and a Klein ace serve gave Ohio State a 28-23 lead. A kill from Berzins cut the Buckeye lead to four at 28-24. Ohio State reached game point at 29-24 with a kill from Klanac. A Buckeye error stopped the point at 29-25. A Rambler service error ended the game to give Ohio State a 30-25 win and a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .375 for the game to .200 for Loyola-Chicago.
Ohio State broke a 5-5 tie with kills from Klein and Klanac for a 7-5 Buckeye lead. A Kyle Exline kill cut the margin to one at 7-6. A Rambler error, two ace serves from Steven Kehoe and a Klanac kill opened an 11-6 OSU lead. Loyola-Chicago trailed, 23-19, when kills from Bunting and Berzins cut the lead to two at 23-21. A Klein kill and an OSU error made it 24-22. A Buckeye error and a George Kamberos ace serve tied the game at 24. Ohio State took a 25-24 lead from a Rambler error. A Berzins-Lamoureux block tied the game at 25. Loyola-Chicago took a 26-25 lead with an ace serve from Brendan Styler. Ohio State tied the game at 26 with a Klanac kill. The Buckeyes took a 27-26 lead with a Heine-Schoenfeldt block. A Rambler error and a Heine-Schoenfeldt block gave Ohio State match-point at 29-26. Loyola-Chicago responded with a Michael Morice kill to stop the first match point at 29-27. An OSU error stopped the second match point at 29-28. The Ramblers tied the match at 29 with a Kamberos kill. A Loyola-Chicago service error gave Ohio State a 30-29, serving a third match point. The Buckeyes, with a Heine-Schoenfeldt block, won the game, 31-29, and won the match, 3-0. The Buckeyes hit .379 for the game to .138 for the Ramblers.
For the match, Ohio State hit .404 to .204 for Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes had a 49-41 margin in kills and a 46-40 advantage in assists. OSU's Kehoe posted 44 assists in the match with Ramblers Michael Hutz and Exline recording 24 and 13, respectively. Each squad posted five ace serves with OSU's Kehoe and Rambler Morice each recording a match-high three. Defensively, both teams collected 23 digs in the contest. Berzins recorded a match-high 11 digs while OSU's Klein had a team-high seven for OSU. At the net, Ohio State had an 11 to 5.5 advantage in team blocks. OSU's Heine recorded a match-high six blocks with a solo and five assist blocks. Albertson and Schoenfeldt added five assist blocks each for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State completes a two-match road trip Saturday at 7 p.m. CDT when the Buckeyes play at No. 11 Lewis (19-5, 5-1).
Article courtesy of Ohio State athletics.