March 16, 2022

Buckeyes Drop Heart Breaker 3-2 to No. 8 Ball State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (9-10, 3-4) went to a fifth-set for just the third time this season and fell-in a hard-fought battle with No 8 Ball State (14-2, 6-1) Wednesday at the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes fell 26-24 in the opening set before winning 25-18 in the second. The Cardinals won two of the next three (25-23, 19-25, 17-15) to claim the win.

Jacob Pasteur led Ohio State with 23 kills while Samuel Clark added 18. Noah Platfoot recorded 57 assists while Clark led with a game-high 16 digs.

Set One: The Cardinals jumped to a 4-1 lead before kills by Ethan Talley and Jacob Pasteur cut it to 4-3 BSU. Pasteur, Tally and Samuel Clark recorded kills before a Tally ace tied the score at 7-all. The Cardinals then scored five-of-six points to take a 12-8 lead. Ohio State countered by scoring five of the next six to tie the set at 13-all. The Buckeyes called timeout after Ball State went on a 4-1 run to take a 17-14 lead. With BSU leading 24-21, Ohio State called timeout and then scored the next two points (24-23). Ball State called its first timeout before the Buckeyes tied the set at 24-all on a Ball State error. The Cardinals scored the next two points to win the opening set, 26-24. Ball State edged the Buckeyes in hitting .306 to .292 in set one. Tally topped Ohio State with four kills.

Set Two: The Buckeyes got the early lead and built an 8-3 advantage on a Pasteur ace to force a Ball State timeout. The lead increased to 10-5 Buckeyes on a Kyle Teune and Clark block. Another block by Cole Young put Ohio State up 12-7 and a Young kill made it 14-7 prompting Ball State’s final timeout of the set. Leading 15-8, Ohio State was hitting a blistering .778 in the set. BSU scored the next two points leading to an Ohio State timeout up 15-10. Ohio State led by at least five the rest of the way to win the set, 25-18. Ohio State ended the set hitting .591 and .435 for the match. Pasteur led with nine kills.

Set Three: Ball State jumped to a 4-1 lead and built the advantage to 12-7. The Cardinals kept at least a three-point lead until a Clark kill made it 18-16 Cardinals. BSU went back up 21-17, leading to an Ohio State timeout. A pair of Ball State errors and a Parker Mikesch kill cut the Cardinals lead to one (21-20). Kills by Tally and Clark tied it at 22-all forcing a BSU timeout. The Buckeyes called its final timeout of the set after the Cardinals scored the next two for a 24-22 lead. The Cardinals won 25-23 on a set-ending block to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Set Four: Clark and Pasteur kills gave the Buckeyes a 4-1 lead to start the fourth. The Buckeye block and a kill by Young led to a BSU timeout with Ohio State leading 8-3. Ohio State kept at least a four-point cushion and built the lead to 16-9 on a Pasteur ace. Ball State called its final timeout of the set down seven. Ohio State did not let up allowing the Cardinals to get no closer than four points the rest of the set to win 25-19 and tie the match at two sets apiece. Pasteur (17), Clark (15) and Tally (11) each had double figure kills entering the fifth set. The Buckeyes hit .538 in the fourth.

Set Five: Neither team went up more than a point until back-to-back Clark kills gave Ohio State a 5-3 lead. A Teune kill and Platfoot solo block put the Buckeyes up 8-5 prompting a Ball State timeout. A Pasteur kill and BSU error gave the Buckeyes a 10-6 lead. Ohio State called timeout after a 3-0 BSU run made it 10-9 Buckeyes. Pasteur put Ohio State back up two with a kill but the Cardinals responded in kind to make it 11-10. Ball State then tied it at 11-all after a long rally. A Tally kill was answered by Ball State to keep the set knotted at 12. Pasteur put the Buckeyes back on top with a cross-court kill from the right side to the back left Cardinal corner to put Ohio State back on top. Ball State called timeout and got the kill for the 13-all tie. Pasteur answered setting up match point at 14-13. The teams traded kills and an OSU error made it 15-all. Ball State went up 16-15 on an OSU error and won 17-15 on an Ohio State attack error to win the match, 3-2.

Up Next

Ohio State and the Cardinals will meet again Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. First serve is 7 p.m.

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