No. 5 UC Irvine upends No. 3 Ohio St.
Yoder leads Anteaters past Buckeyes in non-conference action
IRVINE, Calif. -- Fifth-ranked UC Irvine upended No. 3 Ohio State, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) in a non-conference match at Crawford Court Saturday.
The Anteaters improve to 13-11 overall, while Ohio State goes to 17-4 on the year.
Senior outside hitter Cory Yoder led all players with 14 kills, hitting .560 (14-0-25). It is the fourth time this season Yoder has not committed a hitting error in a match. Junior opposite Carson Clark added 11 kills, four service aces and four block assists, while middle blockers Dan McDonnell and Scott Kevorken and outside hitter Jordan DuFault each recorded seven kills in the victory. McDonnell had a match and career-high six block assists. Senior setter Anthony Spittle had a team-high seven digs to go with 34 set assists.
Ohio State was led by John Klanac’s 10 kills. Shawn Sangrey had nine kills and nine digs. Mik Berzins totaled six kills followed by Kevin Heine and Grayson Overman with five kills each. Steven Kehoe totaled 30 set assists and a match-best 10 digs.
UCI out-hit .356-.262 and out-blocked 12.5-6.0 Ohio State, while firing six aces to the Buckeyes’ 2.
UCI jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead in the first set which included service aces by Jordan DuFault and Carson Clark. The Anteaters would record 5.5 team blocks on their way to a 25-20 win.
In the second set, UCI held a 10-7 advantage until Ohio State went on an 8-2 run to go ahead 15-12. The Buckeyes would continue to lead 21-18 before Clark put away three straight kills followed by a triple block by Clark, DuFault and Dan McDonnell to put UCI on top 22-21. The teams would trade points before UCI had two more kills by Clark and a Buckeye attack error to give the Anteaters the 25-22 victory. Clark had seven kills to lead UCI in the set.
UCI opened an early 11-3 advantage in the third set on their way to winning 25-18. UCI hit. 429 to Ohio State’s .182 in the final stanza.
UCI will host UCLA in the final home match of the year March 30 at 6:00 p.m. PT in the Bren Events Center.