No. 6 Buckeyes sweep Nittany Lions
Sangrey's 16 kills highlight crucial Big Ten matchup
Ohio State Athletics
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2 overall), behind a match-high 18.5 points from Shawn Sangrey recorded a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-20) sweep over No. 10 Penn State (7-3) Wednesday night in St. John Arena. Sangrey posted a match-high 16 kills (.438), two ace serves and one assist block while John Klanac added nine points with seven kills (.150) and two assist blocks.
Penn State's Joe Sunder posted a team-high 14 points with 13 kills (.310) and two assist blocks. Peter Russell added seven kills off the bench.
After seven ties and three lead changes, Penn State held a 7-6 lead when a Kevin Heine kill tied the set at seven. OSU scored the next four points off two PSU errors, a Jason Tobkin ace serve and a kill from Sangrey to take an 11-7 lead. Trailing, 12-8, Penn State kills from Nick Turko and Sunder cut the margin to two at 12-10. A Penn State error and an Ian Hendries-Sunder block moved the score to 13-11. Ohio State scored the next seven points to open a 20-11 lead. The run included kills from Klanac, Sangrey and Seven Kehoe, a Klanac ace serve, a Grayson Overman-Tobkin block, a Kehoe solo block and a Penn State error. OSU reached set point at 24-13 on a Kehoe ace serve. Penn State stopped four set points with two Peter Russell kills, one from Edgardo Goas and an OSU error. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-17, with a Sangrey kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .320 for the set to .138 for the Nittany Lions.
From a 4-4 tie in set two, three Penn State errors and a Kehoe kill gave Ohio State an 8-4 lead. Trailing, 11-7, two OSU errors and a Turko ace serve cut the lead to 11-10. A PSU error and a Tom Comfort kill made it 12-11. An OSU error tied the set at 12. Buckeye kills from Sangrey, Overman, Tobkin and Klanac opened a 16-12 OSU lead. At 20-16, two Penn State kills from Sunder cut the lead to two at 20-18. Two kills each from Sangrey and Sunder made it 22-20. A Tobkin kill and an OSU error made it 23-21. Ohio State reached set point at 24-21 off a Nittany Lion error. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-21, off another Penn State error to take a 2-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .400 for the set to .367 for Penn State.
The third set was tied at two when kills from Russell and Sunder gave Penn State a 4-2 lead. Klanac, with two kills, tied the set at four. A Buckeye error and a kill from Sangrey made it five-all. A Buckeye error, a Russell kill and a Hendries-Comfort block gave Penn State an 8-5 lead. Trailing, 13-11, Buckeye kills from Klanac and Tobkin tied the set at 13. At 15-all, a Tor Covello ace serve and a kill from Russell gave Penn State a 17-15 lead. OSU responded with kills from Sangrey and Kehoe to make it 17-all. A Heine-Sangrey block gave OSU an 18-17 lead. A Russell kill tied the set at 18. Two Penn State errors and an Anthony Hock ace serve opened a 21-19 Ohio State lead. A Sunder-Turk block and a PSU error made it 22-20. Klanac, with a kill, opened a three-point lead at 23-20. Ohio State reached match-point at 24-20 with a Sangrey ace serve. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-20, off a Nittany Lion error to win the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .385 for the set to .194 for Penn State.
OSU hit .370 for the match to .232 for Penn State. Each squad posted 39 kills with the Buckeyes having a 37-36 advantage in assists. Goas recorded a match-high 36 for Penn State with OSU's Kehoe recording 35. The Buckeyes had a 7-2 margin in ace serves with OSU's Sangrey and Klanac sharing match-high honors with two each. Penn State gave up 10 service errors to eight for Ohio State. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 32-25 margin in digs. OSU's Mik Berzins and PSU's Dennis Del Valle shared match-high honors with nine each. At the net, OSU edged the Nittany Lions, 4-3, in team blocks. Penn State's Hendries and Sunder and OSU's Heine each posted two assist blocks to share match-high honors.