LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (6-13) began its weekend stay in L.A. with a three-set stumble (25-21, 25-20, 25-21) vs. the fifth-ranked Bruins of UCLA (15-4). Ohio State falls to 4-3 all-time in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge while the Bruins improve to 6-1 halfway through Year 4 of the annual event. The Buckeyes face host USC Saturday evening at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
Ohio State was met with 10 Bruin blocks, limiting the Buckeye attack to a .017 hitting efficiency. Sophomore Martin Lallemand avoided the UCLA defense, however, hammering home seven kills on 12 swings with two errors for a team-high .417 hitting percentage.
SET 1: Lallemand had it going from the start, bouncing three kills in the opening frame. The Buckeyes struggled defensively though and never led in a 25-21 first set.
SET 2: Lallemand dropped in three more kills, but his mates simply matched that total for just six team kills in the second set. UCLA went ahead 10-5 and maintained that five-point cushion throughout a 25-20 winner.
SET 3: Lallemand cooled off in the third and no one picked up the pace besides Jake Hanes three kills on six swings. Ohio State grinded it out to even the score as last as 21-21 before a four-point Bruin surged sealed the deal.
The Scarlet & Gray return to action late Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, taking the No. 11 Trojans of USC.