Feb. 18, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 5 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team outscored conference foe Quincy University by 23 points on Sunday (Feb. 18), sending the Hawks away 25-22, 25-15, 25-15. Five different Buckeyes recorded four or more kills, attacking from all angles.
Devilbiss finished as Ohio State’s top point-producer for the second time this week. In the two conference sweeps over Lindenwood and Quincy, Devilbiss was responsible for 30 total points (16.5 vs. Lindenwood, 13.5 vs. Quincy). Not to be confused with 1994 box office bust `Major Payne’ (starring Damon Wayans and earning just a 33% rating on the RottenTomatoes.com `Tomatometer’), Devilbiss inflicted major pain from the baseline on Sunday. He connected for five aces, including three service snipes in the match-clinching third set. The outside hitter added in eight kills on a .368 hitting percentage and a block assist. Maxime Hervoir was extremely efficient on the attack as well, swinging .556 en route to 11 kills (11-1-18).
Jake Hanes and Blake Leeson each got in on three block assists while Leeson added a solo swat to his stat line. Dig leaders were Aaron Samarin and Sanil Thomas with a half dozen apiece, following closely by Devilbiss and his five digs.
Ohio State attacked >.300 in all three sets, guiding by Thomas’ 30 assists and highlighted by a .526 hitting percentage in the second period that saw the Buckeyes side-out at a 93-percent rate (15-of-16).
SET 1: Ohio State shot out of a cannon to get the afternoon going, flying to a 10-1 lead. The Buckeye edge stretched to 10 points at 14-4 before the OSU wheels fell off momentarily. The Hawks put together a 13-4 run to trim their deficit to a lone tally at 18-17. Ohio State then snapped out of its funk to snare the next three points and pull away for good in a 25-22 winner.
SET 2: As mentioned above, Ohio State’s serve-receive was potent in the second. Solid passing allowed for Thomas to pass out 11 assists and the Buckeyes attacked .526 while earning a side-out on 15 of 16 chances. The first five points all went in favor of the Scarlet & Gray. Ohio State never looked back, seizing a 25-15 triumph before intermission.
SET 3: Thoughts of a comeback following Quincy’s 4-0 start to the third frame were quickly extinguished when the Buckeyes countered with six straight to go ahead in perpetuity. Ohio State matched the second-set tally, 25-15, to seal the deal.
A five-week absence from St. John Arena competition begins when Ohio State hits the road for Top-10 matches at No. 8 Lewis (Thursday, Feb. 22) and No. 6 Loyola (Saturday, Feb. 24). Both conference clashes are set for 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT starts.