COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Men’s Volleyball match schedule for 2019 has been laid out and it includes 28 regular season contests split evenly between non-conference and Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) opponents. Ohio State will open the ’19 campaign inside the friendly confines of St. John Arena, playing host to Penn State and Charleston during the first weekend (Jan. 4-5).
The Buckeyes head west in Week 2, venturing to BYU (Jan. 10) and Stanford (Jan. 12) for a pair of tilts versus Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foes. Four of the next five matches take place in Columbus with George Mason and Erskine coming to town on Jan. 18-19, and Saint Francis and Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 1-2. A midweek MIVA opener in Muncie on Jan. 26 represents the lone match away from home during this stretch. The Buckeyes travel to Fort Wayne soon thereafter to square off with the Mastodons.
The 2019 NCAA Championships will be held at the Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State University, and this is where Ohio State heads Feb. 8-9 for a double dip vs. the LBSU 49ers. Conference clashes fill up the subsequent four weeks, pitting the Buckeyes against Lindenwood and Quincy (Feb. 15-16) on the road, Lewis and Loyola Chicago (Feb. 21, 23) at home, and back to St. John Arena again March 1-2 welcoming in McKendree for two.
Ohio State logs more frequent flyer miles the following week (March 8-9), competing in the fourth annual Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge to face USC and UCLA in the City of Angels. Non-conference play comes to a close March 15 and March 20 after scuffles with Lees-McRae and Penn State, respectively.
Four of the final six matches will come in front of the home Buckeye crowd. Ohio State hosts Lindenwood and Quincy (March 22-23), Purdue Fort Wayne and Ball State (Apr. 4, 6) with a Windy City road trip to Loyola Chicago and Lewis March 29-30 in between.
The postseason gets rolling Apr. 13 with the MIVA Tournament before peaking on May 4 with the NCAA Championship match out in California.