March 16, 2017
CHICAGO, Ill. — The No. 2 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team left little doubt in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 sweep of the 10th-ranked Loyola Ramblers (11-8, 6-4 MIVA) in a road victory taking less than 90 minutes to complete. The Buckeyes improve to 20-1 overall and remain atop the MIVA standings at 9-0.
Ohio State swung .352 as a squad while limiting the Ramblers to a .153 attacking efficiency. Gabriel Domecus dug a match-high 13 balls to lead the way defensively, complementing the offensive duo of Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combining for two dozen kills. Driss Guessous was a heavy contributor on both sides of the next, racking up seven blocks (one solo) and bouncing seven kills on 11 attempts with two misses (.455).
Ohio State has recorded 19 straight wins in true road matches (last loss in an opponent’s home gym came in 2015)
The Buckeyes are also riding a 24-match winning streak versus MIVA opponents
Head coach Pete Hanson roamed the Buckeye sideline for his 999th career match, picking up his 665th triumph (665-334; .666). The four-time National Coach of the Year also upped his MIVA career mark to 289-90 (.763) as Ohio State capped off its fourth consecutive sweep of Loyola.
Set 1: Playing in front of an ESPN3 audience, the Buckeyes raced out to a 7-3 edge before Loyola burned its first T.O. of the evening. Ohio State continued to pour it on, however, surging ahead by as many as eight points en route to a 25-20 first-set winner in which OSU never trailed.
Set 2: Szerszen came alive in the second stanza, exploding for eight kills via a .583 hitting percentage. Trailing 13-11 midway through the frame, Ohio State rattled off four straight to pull ahead for good in a 25-21 besting.
Set 3: The Buckeyes suffocated Loyola in the third, accumulated 12 digs and stuffing the Ramblers thrice. The superb defensive effort holding Loyola to a minus-.038 hitting percentage masked a subpar attacking performance for the Scarlet & Gray, doing little to derail a 25-15 clincher.
Saturday night (March 18) brings a tougher challenge, sending the Buckeyes to seventh-ranked Lewis University (10-2 in MIVA play) for an 8 p.m. ET meeting.