COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team forced a fifth set but came up short to Ball State, 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13), inside the Covelli Center on Thursday night. The Buckeyes drop to 5-7 (4-4 MIVA) while the Cardinals improve to 8-4 (5-3 MIVA).
Sotiris Siapanis had his sixth straight match in double figures with a team-high 16 kills. Martin Lallemand recorded his first double-double of the season on 14 kills and 12 digs. Jacob Pasteur added 14 kills while Noah Platfoot tallied 36 assists.
Defensively, Luke Meidel turned in a match-best 16 digs. Samuel Clark paced the Buckeyes at the net with five blocks, followed by Lallemand with three.
SET 1: Three straight points put Ohio State ahead 20-18. The Cardinals burned their second timeout after kills from Siapanis and Lallemand had the Buckeyes up 22-19. Ball State cut the deficit to one but Ohio State held on, 25-23.
SET 2: After trailing by as many as five points, the Buckeyes went on a 4-0 run to pull within one, 14-13. Ball State was able to keep Ohio State at enough of a distant to take the set, 25-21.
SET 3: The Cardinals fell behind early but made up the difference to tie the score at 14-all. Ohio State found itself down 20-16 and needed a timeout to regroup. Back on the floor, Ball State closed the rally on a 5-1 run, claiming a 25-18 winner.
SET 4: Ohio State bounced back for a 25-23 victory to force a fifth set. The teams were evenly matched throughout the frame as they locked the score nine times. A pair of attacking errors sent Ball State to its bench down 23-22. Out of the break, a Luke Lentin-Ethan Talley block and kill by Michael Wright sealed the set.
SET 5: The Cardinals scored the first four points of the frame. The Buckeyes fought their way back to within one but fell short, 15-13.
Ohio State will pick things up next weekend with two matches at Purdue Fort Wayne.