Ohio State holds off George Mason
Sangrey notches match-high 20 kills to power No. 10 Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 10 Ohio State defeated George Mason 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11) on Thursday night in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 4-3, while the Patriots fall to 1-2 on the season.
Shawn Sangrey led all players with 20 kills and had a team-best five blocks. Mik Berzins finished with 12 kills and added 11 digs, while Anthony Hock had a match-high 13 digs. Kyle Lawrence dished out a match-best 50 assists for the Buckeyes.
Three Patriots had double-digit kills in Michael Kvidahl (14), Joe Norton (13) and Jonathan Lutz (10). Piotr Dabrowski had a match-high nine blocks and Pete Cuppernull had 48 assists to lead George Mason.
After exchanging back-and-forth points until the 12-12 mark of the first set, the Buckeyes fell behind after the Patriots notched five consecutive points. Down 20-14, Ohio State carded six of the next eight points to cut the deficit to two at 22-20, but two Patriot kills and a Buckeye error gave the set to George Mason 25-21.
The score for the second set would flip-flop in the Buckeyes' favor. Trailing George Mason 10-6 and forced to call timeout, Ohio State fought back to tie the score at 13-13 after a kill from Sangrey. Tallying the next two points after a Patriot error and another Sangrey kill, Ohio State did not trail in the set again winning 25-21.
Tied 3-3 after exchanging points to open the third set, Ohio State took the lead off a kill from Shawn Herron. The Buckeyes maintained their advantage until the Patriots threatened with three consecutive points to tie the score at 22-22. Calling a timeout, the Scarlet and Gray made a three-point run of their own to finish the set at 25-22.
Taking the first point of the fourth set off an ace from Lawrence, Ohio State was up 13-10 before the Patriots came back to tie the score at 14-14. Notching six of the next nine points, George Mason jumped to a 20-17 lead to force a Buckeye timeout. Despite coming back within two, a Patriot kill from Kvidahl secured the set for George Mason 25-23.
After the Patriots jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the final frame, a kill from Sangrey and back-to-back George Mason errors put the Buckeyes up 4-3. Tied at 4 apiece, a kill from Berzins triggered a three-point run for a 7-4 lead. Ohio State sealed the match with another kill by Berzins, winning 15-11.