COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tony Price earns second collegiate double-double, but the IPFW men’s volleyball team fell in four sets (17-25, 25-21, 25-27, 14-25) at No. 7 Ohio State to open league play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). The Mastodons now sit 4-5 overall (0-1 MIVA), while the Buckeyes improve to 8-3 (3-0 MIVA).
Price earned a career high 14 digs, while nabbing 11 kills against the Buckeyes, while Michael Keegan finished with 39 assists and nine digs. Andrew Sellan finished the night with a match-high 19 kills for IPFW.
Luis Bertran’s 10 digs against Ohio State moved him into third-place in IPFW career kills, passing Mastodon great and former U.S. Olympian Lloy Ball (771). Bertran (776) is now 40 digs shy of tying All-American Jay Golsteyn (816) for the all-time record. Tony Luhning sits just above Bertran with 778 career digs.
The Blue and White jumped out to an early 9-6 lead in the opening set, but Ohio State would chip away and eventually take an 18-15 lead. IPFW would try to climb back in it, but the Buckeyes were too much in the first set, winning 25-17.
Once again, the ‘Dons would grab an early lead, going up 6-4 in the second set. After the Buckeyes took a 14-10 lead, the Blue and White would go on a 7-2 run to earn a 17-16 lead. Trailing 21-20 late in the set and needing a timeout, the Mastodons would finish the set with five consecutive points to take the second set 25-21.
Both teams would continue to battle in the third set, being tied at 14 midway through. Each team continued to swap points throughout the set as the Buckeyes led 23-22 late in the set. The Mastodons would take the next two points to put Ohio State on the ropes, but defending MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Nicolas Szerszen would prevent the Buckeyes from falling in the set. Once again the ‘Dons had a chance to take the set following a kill from Price, but OSU would take the final three points to win the set 27-25.
IPFW and Ohio State appeared to be locked in another close set as the Buckeyes led 8-7 early on. With the Blue and White later in the set, the ‘Dons appeared primed for a comeback following a 4-1 run. However, Ohio State would continue to earn points, eventually winning the set 25-14.
The Mastodons travel to McKendree for its 1,000th match in program history. The ‘Dons and Bearcats are set to play at 8 p.m., on Saturday, February 6 in Lebanon, Illinois.