April 22, 2023

Buckeyes Down BSU 3-1 in Muncie to Earn MIVA Title


Box Score | Season Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (22-9), the No. 3 seed in the 2023 Midwestern Collegiate Volleyball Association Tournament, won 3-1 (27-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19) at No. 1 seed Ball State (20-9) Saturday to claim the 2023 MIVA Tournament Title at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana.

The Buckeyes have won the MIVA Tournament crown 18 times, the last coming in 2018. The win earns the Buckeyes an automatic bid in the NCAA Championships, the 22nd NCAA appearance in Ohio State history.

Ohio State will learn of its NCAA Tournament opponent during the NCAA Tournament selection show at 1 p.m. Sunday. The show will be streamed on NCAA.com.

Against the Cardinals, Pasteur led with 19 kills while Shane Wetzel added 16.

Michael Wright was credited with 54 assists and a team-high nine digs.

Wright was named the 2023 MIVA Tournament Most Valuable Player while joining Pasteur and Wetzel on the All-Tournament team.

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How it Happened

Set 1

The Buckeyes started with a 3-1 lead to get the match underway in Muncie. Ohio State went up 9-5 after a 4-1 run starting with a Cole Young kill and three Cardinal errors. Ball State then called its first timeout but the Buckeyes increased the lead to 13-8 on a Shane Wetzel kill. The Cardinals then used a 3-1 run to cut into the Ohio State advantage and make it 14-11 Buckeyes. Kills by Wetzel and Jacob Pasteur built the lead back to five at 16-11 Buckeyes. The Cardinals called their final timeout of the set and used a 3-1 run to again make a dent in the Ohio State lead at 17-14. Ball State used another quick run, this time 3-0 to get within two at 18-16 but Pasteur got one passed the block for 19-16 lead. The Buckeyes then called timeout after back-to-back Cardinal points made it a one-point set at 19-18. Ball State scored three of the next four points to go up 21-20. The teams began to trade points with the Buckeyes taking a 24-23 lead. With the set going to overtime after the Cardinals tied it at 24, the Buckeyes were the first to score consecutive points to claim the 27-25 win. Jack Stevens provided the set winning kill for the Buckeyes, who hit .414 in the first. Pasteur led both teams with seven kills.

Set 2

Ohio State started off with a 4-1 lead in the second. The Cardinals kept pace before tying it at 5-all. Neither team was able to gain separation until the Buckeyes went up 9-7 and kept the two-point advantage until going up 14-11 on a Stevens blast. Wetzel made it 15-11 and after an Ohio State 6-2 run capped by a Wetzel ace made it 18-12 Buckeyes, the Cardinals called timeout. After the Buckeyes built a 21-15 lead, Ball State called its final timeout of the set. A 4-1 Ohio State run ended the set in favor of the Buckeyes, 25-17. The Buckeyes hit .300 in the second while Ball State hit .000. Pasteur led the match with 10 kills with Wetzel adding nine.

Set 3

Ball State started out on top in the third with a quick 3-1 lead. A Wetzel kill brought the Buckeyes back to tie it at 5-all. The Cardinals scored the next two for a two point edge. Kills by Pasteur and Michael Wright on an overpass tied it at 7-all before a Justin Howard kill capped a 3-0 run to put the Buckeyes on top. The Cardinals regained the lead at 11-9 after a 4-1 run. A run of 3-1 put Ball State up 14-11. At the media timeout, the Cardinals led 15-12. The Buckeyes used a 3-1 run to cut it to 17-16 Cardinals but Ball State countered with the next two points for a 19-16 lead. The Buckeyes used a timeout but the Cardinals scored twice more for a 21-16 lead. After Ohio State’s final timeout of the set, the Buckeyes made it 24-19 before the Cardinals took the set, 25-19. Pasteur led both teams with 13 kills with Wetzel at 11. Ball State hit .429 in the third with the Buckeyes at .171.

Set 4

The Buckeyes started hot in building a 4-1 lead but the Cardinals rallied to tie it at 5-all. Kills by Pasteur and Stevens put Ohio State up 7-5. Young then put the Buckeyes up three with a kill of his own. Ball State tied the set at 8-all on a 3-0 run. The squads battled back-and-forth before a Pasteur kill, a Wright ace and a kill by Wetzel gave the Buckeyes a 14-11 lead. Ball State took a timeout before Pasteur added a kill for a 15-11 Ohio State advantage. The Cardinals called their final timeout of the set after a Howard kill put Ohio State up 16-12. A Stevens kill kept the cushion at four points (18-14) before a Wright kill put Ohio State up 19-14. The Buckeyes traded points with the Cardinals until a Pasteur kill, a Ball State service error and a Wright ace put Ohio State up 24-17. The Buckeyes clinched the match and 2023 MIVA Tournament Title on a Shane Wetzel kill (25-19).

Up Next

The Buckeyes will watch the NCAA selection show on NCAA.com at 1 p.m. Sunday to learn their opponent in the NCAA Tournament April 30 to May 6 in Fairfax, Virginia.


  • Junior Jacob Pasteur was named the MIVA Player of the Year by the league coaches. Wetzel earned Newcomer of the Year and was named to the All-MIVA Second Team. Both Pasteur and sophomore Cole Young earned All-MIVA First Team honors.
  • The 3-0 win over visiting Loyola Chicago April 8 gave the Buckeyes a share of the 2023 MIVA Regular Season title, the 28th overall for Ohio State and the first for Kevin Burch as head coach of the Buckeyes.
  • The Buckeyes are on an 11-match win streak. The last time the Buckeyes won 10 or more consecutive matches was in 2017 when Ohio State opened the season with 19-victories before a loss. The Buckeyes also ended the year on a nine-match win streak in earning the NCAA Title with a 37-2 record.
  • Against Ball State this year, Ohio State split with the Cardinals in the regular season with each teams winning on its home court. Ohio State fell 3-0 in Muncie before winning 3-2 in Columbus. The latter win started the Buckeyes on their current 11-match win streak.
  • The Buckeyes are 103-92 vs. Ball State all-time.
  • Pasteur owns the No. 14 spot all-time at Ohio State with 1,058 career kills. He has 432 this year in 30 matches.


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