COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (5-0) christened the Covelli Center in style, winning all five matches of its season-opening homestand. The fifth victory came Friday night over King University (2-3) in straight sets (25-19, 25-11, 25-20). Ohio State has captured 15 of 16 sets played thus far in 2020.
It was a complete team effort, emphasized in a box score that evenly spread numbers across 13 different Buckeyes. In total, Ohio State out-did the Tornado in every statistical category with 32 kills (26 for King), .387 hitting percentage (.075), six aces (two), 28 digs (19) and eight blocks (4.5). The most glaring example of ‘everyone chipping in’ is the half dozen aces coming from a half dozen different Buckeyes. Besides Michael Wright’s 19 assists and Reese Devilbiss’ 21 attempts, no double-digits can be found on the Ohio State half of the box score, further highlighting the total team performance.
The night opened with a Martin Lallemand ace to push Ohio State ahead 1-0. The Buckeyes would not relinquish the upperhand for the remainder of a 25-19 winner.
Momentum stayed on the side of the Scarlet & Gray, racing out to 13-4 lead. Ohio State continued to pile it on in the second, cruising to a 25-11 besting. The Buckeyes terminated 9-of-18 attempts in the frame.
King came out of intermission with some fire. The Tornado took its largest lead of the night at 17-14 before Ohio State turned it around in a big way. The Buckeyes went on an 11-3 run to clinch the match, 25-20.
— OSU Men's Volleyball (@OhioStateMVB) January 18, 2020
Life on the road begins next week for the Buckeyes when they head east to face a pair of West Coast squads. Ohio State is set to take on USC and UCLA in a pair of neutral site matches hosted at Penn State’s Rec Hall.