March 25, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 2 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (23-1, 12-0 MIVA) steamrolled No. 11 Ball State (15-8, 6-6 MIVA) in a 76-minute sweep (25-16, 25-15, 25-19). The Buckeyes attacked .461 as a team, hitting no worse than .423 in any of the three sets while holding the Cardinals to a lowly .159 swinging clip.
Ohio State nearly doubled up BSU in kills (42-to-23) and digs (31-to-16), and posted a 6-0 edge in blocks. Ball State entered the week ranked fourth nationally with 2.55 blocks per set, but failed to record a single stuff against the Scarlet & Gray. Maxime Hervoir and Nicolas Szerszen each individually matched the Cardinals’ three total team aces, giving Ohio State a half dozen on the night.
Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 24 kills, more than the entire Ball State squad mustered (23). Both Buckeyes attacked .500 en route to their 12 terminations apiece. Hervoir tacked on nine kills and picked up a match-high 10 digs.
Ohio State has now won 27 straight matches versus MIVA opponents and at 12-0 this season, the Buckeyes’ magic number for the 2017 regular season conference crown is down to `1.’ For the week, OSU outscored league foes Fort Wayne and Ball State by a combined tally of 150-88. The pair of Buckeye wins spanned just 146 minutes.
Set 1: Christy Blough dialed up 13 assists in the opening frame, steering the Buckeyes to 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage. Ball State burned a timeout trailing 13-8 and captured the first two rallies post-timeout. The Cardinals success was short-lived, however, as Ohio State grabbed 12 of the next 18 points to register a 25-16 winner.
Set 2: A similar story played out in the second stanza, seeing a 13-10 OSU advantage preceding another lopsided Buckeye triumph. Ohio State upped the ante a tad, securing 12 of the final 17 points this time around and heading to intermission with a 25-15 win in hand.
Set 3: Ohio State pulled ahead for good early on in the third, rattling off four consecutive points to climb atop 8-5. The Buckeyes would add three more points to their margin by set’s end, wrapping up the night as 25-19 victors.
A short break in competition follows for Ohio State, venturing east to take on No. 13 Penn State on Tuesday (March 28).