COLUMBUS, Ohio --- The Lees-McRae men's volleyball team fell behind early in each set of its season opener and dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 15 Ohio State, 12-25, 12-25, 14-25 at St. John's Arena in Columbus, Ohio Friday evening.
The Buckeyes (1-3) picked up their first victory of the year in their home opener after hitting an impressive 40.7%. The Bobcats (0-1) dropped their season-opening match to OSU for the second time in three seasons.
LMC kept it close early in the first set when it a service error from Buckeye freshman Driss Guessous made it a 7-4 match. OSU would rattle off a 7-0 run to put create some breathing room.
The Bobcats put up a battle following a Brady Markle kill (York, Pa.), but consecutive kills from Andrew Lutz gave OSU the set win, 25-12.
In the second set, a pair of Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) kills followed by a Lutz service error made it interesting as the Buckeyes clung to a 13-10 advantage. OSU would clamp down and finish the set on a 12-2 run to win it, 25-12. The Buckeyes hit 50% in the frame while holding LMC to a -.134 mark.
The home squad jumped out to an early 14-3 lead in the deciding set, but a Markle kill and Kevin Morrison (Norfolk, Va.) ace cut the deficit to eight, 18-10. The teams would exchange blows before OSU sealed the set and match, 25-14.
OSU was led by Lutz with 11 kills while Danny Baker amassed eight digs. Michael Henchy enjoyed a solid night with nine kills, seven digs and two block assists.
The Bobcats seek their first victory of the season when they make the 106-mile trek across the state to Cincinnati to battle Mount St. Joseph at 1:30 p.m.
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