COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (9-12, 3-6) fell 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 28-30, 25-21, 10-15) in a closely-contested five-setter at Lindenwood Friday at Hyland Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.
Jacob Pasteur led Ohio State with 23 kills with Samuel Clark and Martin Lallemand each adding 15. Cole Young contributed 12. Noah Platfoot was credited with 61 assists. Clark led with 14 digs ahead of Parker Mikesch with 11.
Set One: Samuel Clark got the Buckeyes out to a great start with an ace to get things going. Ohio State was the first to go up by more than a point at 5-3 but the Lions then tied it at 7-all. Ohio State then went up 12-9 after a 3-0 run. After another 3-0 run, the Buckeyes built their biggest lead at 16-12. Lindenwood called timeout, but Ohio State protected its lead until the Lions went on a 4-1 run to tie it at 20-all. After the Buckeyes called timeout, Lindenwood took a 22-21 lead but the Buckeyes regained the advantage at 23-22 on a Clark kill. The Lions then scored the next two for a 24-23 advantage. Ohio State called its final timeout of the set and then quickly tied it at 24-all. Lindenwood responded by scoring the next two to win the opener, 26-24. Clark led Ohio State with six kills while the Buckeyes hit .423. Lindenwood hit .375.
Set Two: An early 4-0 run put the Buckeyes in the lead 6-3. The Lions battled to even the set at 9-all but kills by Pasteur and Young gave Ohio State the lead once more. A 3-0 run by the Buckeyes on a kill by Pasteur and a pair of Lion errors put Ohio State up four at 15-11. The lead grew to 17-12 to force a Lindenwood timeout. The Lions were not able to get closer than three points the rest of the way. The Buckeyes evened the match at 1-all with a 25-20 win in the second. Pasteur kills on the last two points gave Ohio State the win. He led with nine kills after two. Clark had eight kills. Ohio State hit .516 in the set while the Lions hit .200.
Set Three: Neither team was able to score back-to-back points until Ohio State took an 8-7 lead on a Lion error and a Young kill. Lindenwood then put consecutive points on the board to take a 9-8 lead. After scoring 4-of-5 points, the Lions built an 11-9 advantage. Ohio State responded with 4-1 run to take a 13-12 lead. After a Lindenwood error and a Pasteur kill (No. 301 on the year), Lindenwood called timeout with the Buckeyes leading 18-16. Kills by Clark and Mikesch put OSU up 20-17. The Lions then scored three of the next four points to get to within a point at 21-20 Buckeyes. Ohio State called timeout before Lindenwood tied it at 21-all. The Buckeyes called another timeout after the Lions took a 23-22 lead. Lallemand responded with consecutive kills to put OSU back on top 24-23 prompting a Lions timeout. With the teams tied at 25-all, the score went back and forth until the Lions came out on top 30-28 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Pasteur led with 15 kills with Clark close behind at 14 and Lallemand at 12. The Buckeyes hit .541 in the third and were at .495 for the match. The Lions connected at a .442 clip in the third-set win and for the match were hitting .351.
Set Four: The Buckeyes came out swinging in the fourth in building a 10-6 lead. Ohio State was able to keep its advantage in building a 17-12 lead before a Lindenwood timeout. The Buckeyes were able to keep the Lions at bay until a 4-1 Lion run made it 21-20 Buckeyes. Ohio State called timeout and scored the next two to go up 23-20 on a Pasteur kill and a Lion error. The Buckeyes then finished off the set to force a fifth set with a 25-21 win to even the match at 2-all. Pasteur reached a game-high 20 kills with Clark and Lallemand contributing 15-each.
Set Five: In the race to 15, the teams traded points with neither squad gaining an edge. Ohio State called timeout trailing 11-10. The Lions went up 13-10 after a 5-1 run leading to Ohio State’s second timeout. Lindenwood then got the win 15-10 to down the Buckeyes 3-2.
The Buckeyes continue the weekend on the road with an 8 p.m. contest at Quincy Saturday.