COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (8-3) extended the match to a fourth set with a 30-28 grinding win in the third, but ultimately dropped a decision to No. 5 Long Beach State (7-1). The final scoreboard read 25-21, 25-20, 28-30, 25-22 in favor of ‘The Beach.’
It’s not often a .345 team hitting percentage ends in defeat. Reese Devilbiss and Martin Lallemand were efficient at the pins, combining for 35 kills and attacking .400 (19-3-40) and .387 (16-4-31), respectively. Long Beach State upped the offensive ante to .392 though, fueled by four different players gathering double-digit kills while attacking .345 or higher. The rest of the stat sheet was nearly identical across the board.
Freshman setter Michael Wright continued the impressive start to his career, averaging over a dozen assists per set and adding 10 digs for the double-double. Luke Meidel mirrored Wright’s 10 digs to co-lead the team.
Set 1: Nine service errors doomed Ohio State in the opener. The Buckeyes garnered five more kills than LBSU — erased by the extra half dozen serving blunders (9-3), however, in a 25-21 setback.
Set 2: Serving improved drastically for Ohio State. So, too, did the Long Beach State kill total though. LBSU smacked 17 kills (compared to seven for Ohio State) and seized a 25-20 triumph.
Set 3: Bonus volleyball occurred as action spilled past point #25. Tyler Alter, Devilbiss and Lallemand each swung .500 or better while teaming up for 17 kills. After OSU thwarted a pair of LBSU match-point opportunities, a Lallemand kill was followed by Samuel Clark obliterating an overpass for the 30-28 win.
Set 4: The Buckeyes stumbled out of the gate a bit, falling behind 8-2. Ohio State slowly chipped away from there, pulling within two tallies at 21-19 and forcing an LBSU timeout. A tough official’s call came next, halting the Ohio State momentum. Long Beach State capitalized and closed the door 25-22.
Conference action comes next as Ohio State plays host to No. 6 Lewis University on Thursday (Feb. 13) inside the Covelli Center.