March 8, 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (11-8, 2-5 MIVA) completed the season sweep of No. 8 Penn State (11-7, 7-0 EIVA), claiming the victory by scores of 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19 across four sets in the Covelli Center. Martin Lallemand paced the Buckeyes with 15 kills with Matt Tompkins and Reese Devilbiss adding 11 each. Samuel Clark played shutdown defense, tallying four of Ohio State’s 12 total blocks for the afternoon.
In between the second and third sets, the Ohio State team took a moment to celebrate long time head coach Pete Hanson who retired after the 2019 season. Hanson coached the Buckeyes for 35 years and fittingly the Buckeyes presented him with a number 35 jersey and retired the number in honor of his immeasurable impact that he had on the men’s volleyball program in his time.
35 years as a Buckeye and three national championships. 👏
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) March 8, 2020
Set 1: Lallemand and Tompkins led the way in the opening frame, combining for eight kills to help Ohio State edge out Penn State, 25-21. The Buckeyes held the advantage nearly from the start but the Nittany Lions stayed close behind, making multiple threats before Ohio State closed it out.
Set 2: The second set started much the same as the first, Penn State got on the board first but the Buckeyes were able to take the advantage early and hang on until the end, 25-20 to take the 2-0 advantage. Lallemand tallied five kills with Devilbiss chipping in four of his own on four swings.
Set 3: The teams were evenly matched as neither side could gain an advantage as late as the 21st point on both sides. Tied at 21, Penn State made the most of their opportunities, taking the lead and narrowly defeating the Buckeyes 25-23 to avoid the sweep.
Set 4: Defeat was imminent however as Ohio State took the advantage from the outset and never looked back, downing Penn State 25-19. Tompkins, Lallemand and Devilbiss each had three kills apiece but what made the difference was the Ohio State defense that stepped up for a combined six blocks in the final frame to silence the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State hits the road next to take on NJIT in Newark, N.J. at 6 p.m. on March 12th.