No. 9 Ohio State Takes 3-0 Victory Over Men's Volleyball
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No. 9 Ohio State Takes 3-0 Victory Over Men's Volleyball

FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason men's volleyball team gave No. 9 Ohio State a battle, but the Buckeyes were able to overcome the threat and seal a 3-0 victory Saturday night.

Mark Jones paced the Patriots (16-10) for the second consecutive night posting 17 kills, three digs and one block assist. Brandon Joyner collected a team-high six blocks, four assists and two solo, while adding 35 assists. Shaun Sibley followed Joyner with four block assists. Leading the way for Ohio State (21-6) was John Klanac with 15 kills and two block assists as Shawn Sangrey added 14 kills and seven digs.

In the first set, Ohio State climbed out to a 4-1 lead before Mason brought it back to within one at 6-5. The Buckeyes used an 8-4 run to grab a five-point lead at 14-9, but the Patriots staged a late rally and knotted the score at 21-all on a Buckeye attack error. The teams worked through two more tied deadlocks before Ohio State sealed a 25-23 first set win.

The second set witnessed a more furious battle between the foes as Mason held four set points and OSU owned three before sealing the extended set, 31-29, after 21 tied scores and eight lead changes. The Patriots kept the set close through the early going and held its first set point at 25-24.  OSU tied the score twice before holding its second set point at 27-26. Mason regained two set points that were each fought off by the Buckeyes who sealed the set win on two Mason attack errors.

Ohio State controlled the momentum in the third and final set, taking a 25-16 victory. Mason drew the score to 10-9, but the Buckeyes staged a 10-3 run for a 20-12 advantage. OSU closed out the set to seal the match victory.

Mason plays host to NYU next on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m.
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