COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 11 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball (3-3) got back on track Saturday (Jan. 19) with a straight-sets win (25-12, 25-22, 25-17) over Erskine College (1-5). The Buckeyes more than doubled up the Flying Fleet in kills, 43-20, and tripled in blocks, 9-3. Ohio State attacked .434 while Erskine posted a .015 hitting percentage.
Jakes Hanes (12), Martin Lallemand (13) and Blake Leeson (11) each cracked double-digit kills with Leeson doing so on just 13 attempts. The fifth-year senior middle blocker connected for kills on his first eight swings and ended the night at .846 (11-0-13) for attacking efficiency. It’s not often a .611 hitting percentage which Hanes posted is outshadowed by a teammate. And when Lallemand’s .423 clip is the third-best on the squad, you know it was a good night for the Scarlet & Gray.
While Hanes dug a team-high eight balls, his five block assists were one-upped by a teammate as well. True freshman Ethan Talley, making his collegiate debut, racked up seven block assists in just two sets played.
SET 1: Ohio State led from start to finish as the opening frame was bookmarked by Flying Fleet misfires. Erskine remained within a lone point at 7-6 before the Buckeyes turned it up a notch and bullied their way to 18 of the next 24 points in a 25-12 winner. Sanil Thomas divvied out a dozen assists in steering the Buckeyes to a .545 team hitting percentage.
SET 2: Thomas’ set up 16 more kills in the second, assisting on Leeson’s 6-for-6 attacking effort. Lallemand was also a primary beneficial of Thomas’ sets, drilling seven kills on 14 swipes. Talley made an impression with as many teammates by his side as possible, combining for three block assists with four different teammates. He paired next to Thomas and Kyle Skinner for a pair of rejections early in the set before getting in on a triple block alongside Hanes and Lallemand to push Ohio State ahead 21-17. From there, Lallemand handled much of the scoring responsibilities by converting two kills and an ace en route to a 25-22 triumph.
SET 3: Not only did Talley tack on four blocks in the third, he was also a perfect 3-for-3 on the offensive . Hanes and Leeson combined to bounce 9-of-14 error-free takes as the Buckeyes slammed the door shut, 25-17.
A Saturday night sweep for @OhioStateMVB!
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) January 20, 2019
Ohio State hits the road next week for the start of conference play, venturing to Muncie, Ind., for another chapter in the long-time Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association rivalry.