Springfield, Mass. -- February 26, 2010 -- Springfield College is proud to host the 23rd Annual Volleyball Hall of Fame/Morgan Classic Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27 at SC's Blake Arena. The Ohio State University swept George Mason University in three games before UC-Santa Barbara swept the host Springfield College Pride in three games in the nightcap.
George Mason and Springfield will play for the third time in six days at 6:00 on Saturday in the consolation, while UC Santa Barbara and Ohio State will vie for the championship at 8:00 pm.
Match #1 -- Ohio State def. George Mason, 3-0 (30-12, 30-16, 30-25)
In the first match of Friday evening, Ohio State swept George Mason, 3 games to 0. Game scores were 30-12, 30-16, 30-25 in favor of the Buckeyes.
With the win, Ohio State ups its overall record to 10-5, while George Mason falls to 4-7.
The Buckeyes were led by the hard-hitting duo of John Klanac (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Shawn Sangrey (Columbia, Pa.). Klanac, a 6-6 redshirt junior, led his squad with 16 kills. He only had two errors in 29 swings, and hit .483 for the match. His nine consecutive winning serves to end game #1 was the highlight of the match, producing momentum that Ohio State never relinquished. In fact, OSU scored 21 of the last 23 points in that game, shifting a 10-9 deficit into a 30-12 win.
Sangrey, a 6-5 sophomore opposite, had 14 kills, and just five errors, in 25 swings, hitting .360 for the match. Steven Kehoe, a redshirt junior setter from North Bend, Ohio, directed the offense with 39 set assists. Freshman middle hitter Grayson Overman (San Clemente, Calif.) had one block solo and 14 block assists, setting the pace in that category for the Buckeyes. Sangrey and sophomore outside hitter Mik Berzins (Brinklow, Md.) led OSU with nine digs apiece.
For George Mason, pickens were slim in terms of solid numbers. Freshman outside hitter Michael Kvidahl (East Brunswick, N.J.) led his squad with five kills. Shaun Sibley, a 6-9 middle blocker from Natick, Mass., followed with four kills. Joe Norton, a sophomore outside hitter from Eden, N.Y., totaled a match-high 10 digs.
Ohio State wound up hitting a superb .404, while George Mason hit .000 overall.
Ohio State will next take on the winner of tonight's second match between Springfield and UC-Santa Barbara, Saturday at 8 pm. George Mason will play in the consolation match Saturday at 6 pm.
Match #2 -- UC-Santa Barbara def. Springfield, 3-0 (39-37, 30-25, 30-28)
The second match of the day featured another sweep in three games as the Gauchos bested the Pride despite a gritty effort by the hosts.
UCSB evens its record to 8-8 on the year while the Pride drop its second-straight match to fall to 8-6 this season.
Jeff Menzel led the way for the visitors with a match-high 20 kills and added seven digs and five blocks, while Cullen Irons posted 17 kills, hitting .556, to go along with seven digs and four blocks of his own. As a team, UCSB totaled 15 team blocks, led by Scott Slaugher and Sam Moisenco who each tallied six stuffs. Vince Devany dished out 58 assists in the three-game win.
For the Pride, AJ Nally recorded a team-best 16 kills at a .353 clip, while Mike Pelletier chipped in with 13 kills and seven digs. Eric Shoemaker handed out 46 assists and added four digs and three blocks. Greg Falcone, who leads the country in blocks per game, finished the match with five blocks. Alberto Bravo came off the bench to notch eight kills and five digs for SC.
The highlight of the match was clearly the opening frame, which featured 32 ties before the Gauchos pulled out a thrilling 39-37 victory. After grabbing an early 8-4 lead after Falcone and Shoemaker combined for a block, the teams battled back and forth, providing the fans with some outstanding volleyball. In the opening frame alone, Menzel pounded out 11 kills for Santa Barbara while Nally led SC with nine kills. After a Pelletier kill tied the game at 37, Menzel gave the visitors game point and Irons snuffed Springfield's final swing with a solo block.
Springfield struggled to gain any momentum in the second as it trailed by as much as seven after a Slaughter and Rosener block gave UCSB a 19-12 lead. The Pride managed to battle back, getting within three after a Bravo kill made it 28-25. However, Menzel once again came through when it counted as he provided the key kill to give the Gauchos a two-game lead.
In the third, a Moisenco kill ballooned the visitors lead to seven, 22-15, and forced a Springfield timeout. Out of the break in action, the Pride reeled off a 10-4 run capped off by a Guacho attack error to get within one at 26-25. Santa Barbara responded by scoring three of the game's next four points to grab match point after a Springfield error. SC pumped home the next two points off kills by Cal Palumbo and Pelletier to make it 29-28, but Menzel finished the match with his 20th kill.