Feb. 9, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 1 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team picked up its 12th win of the season, third in MIVA play and 35th consecutive overall dating back over a year with the last loss coming on Feb. 6, 2016. Thursday night, Ohio State (12-0, 3-0 MIVA) overpowered the 6th-ranked Flyers of Lewis University (8-3, 3-2 MIVA) with a .485 team hitting percentage on 59 total kills.
The Buckeyes downed Lewis by an average hovering above 10 points per in the three victorious sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17).
Driss Guessous, Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen were a three-headed monster, combining for 44 kills as each attacked .533 or better individually. Johnson paced the squad with both 19 kills and a .593 hitting percentage. Szerszen led in a pair of statistical categories as well, posting team-high eight digs and three aces. Maxime Hervoir joined the aforementioned trio with double-digit points, stuffing the stat sheet with seven kills, five blocks (2s, 3a) and an ace.
• Ohio State is riding a 35-match winning streak
• Marks the longest winning streak in OSU Athletics history for teams competing in head-to-head competition
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016
• Ohio State has won 105 of 125 sets (84%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak includes six wins over Top-5 opponents and nearly half (17) against teams ranked inside the Top-12
• Also included in the streak are 16 straight wins in true road matches
• Loyola owns 40-match run in 2014-15 while UCLA is believed to own the all-time record of 47 straight (1983-85)
Set 1: The Buckeyes finished the opening frame on a flurry, landing 12 of the final 13 points to close out a 25-13 winner. A kill from Lewis’ Ryan Coenen pulled the Flyers to within one tally at 13-12 before Ohio State ripped off five straight, surrendered a lone point, and then again got hot with seven more in a row as freshman Dejon Clark manned an extended stay at the service stripe.
Set 2: Neither side could muster an advantage greater than two points until a 4-0 Flyer run late in the set ultimately pulled Lewis ahead 21-17. That edge would increase to five points by set’s end in a 25-20 equalizer for the Flyers heading to intermission.
Set 3: Johnson and Szerszen each contributed a half dozen kills on seven errorless attempts as the Buckeyes left little doubt in the third. Ohio State was up 9-1 before anyone could blink and widened the gap to as many as 12 points at 22-10. The Buckeyes stepped up defensively, as well, stuffing Lewis four times in taking the frame, 25-14.
Set 4: Ohio State strung together yet another long run in the fourth, going from down 8-7 to up 12-8 on five consecutive winners. The Buckeyes piled it on from there, doubling the edge to eight points at 19-11 and again for the clincher, 25-17.
St. John Arena will showcase another session of elite men’s collegiate volleyball Saturday (Feb. 11) night at 7 p.m. ET when the No. 1 Buckeyes square off against No. 10 Loyola.