February 24, 2019

Buckeyes Bounced by No. 7 Ramblers


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (5-11, 1-5 MIVA) couldn’t keep up with No. 7 Loyola Chicago (13-3, 6-0 MIVA) in a match broadcast live on BTN. The Ramblers maintained their unbeaten conference mark by topping Ohio State 25-14, 25-21, 25-18.



Thirteen Buckeyes saw action, including a dozen playing in multiple sets. True freshman Luke Lentin checked in midway through the second set and delivered 14 assists after replacing fellow rookie Parker Mikesch. Martin Lallemand and Sean Ryan tied for the team lead of six kills with the former pacing in efficiency at .333 (6-2-12). Kyle Skinner’s five kills were close behind, highlighted by the rocket seen below:

SET 1:  Ohio State struck a pair of errant attempts to open the match and Loyola Chicago never relinquished its lead for the remainder of a 25-14 win. Lallemand did all he could to get his Buckeyes back into it, posting three kills and getting in on a block.

SET 2:  Ryan matched Lallemand’s first-set attacking line of 3-1-6 (.333) in set number two. No other Buckeye mustered multiple kills in support though. Back-to-back terminations from Lallemand and Skinner lifted Ohio State to within a lone point at 20-19 before the Ramblers countered with three consecutive points for a 23-19 edge. That four-point cushion stood at set’s end, a 25-21 victory for Loyola Chicago.

SET 3:  Déjà vu struck a bit in the third. Similar to Thursday night versus Lewis, the Buckeyes ran into a blocking brigade in the final set. Loyola Chicago sent back six OSU attempts, driving Ohio State’s team hitting percentage into the red (-.033). Despite the wall up front, Ohio State remained in the hunt and was all-square past the halfway point at 13-all. The Ramblers would register a 12-5 run from there, however, to seal the deal 25-18.

St. John Arena hosts two more MIVA matches next week, welcoming in McKendree University on March 1 & 3.