COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (9-11, 3-5) was right there in the second meeting with Ball State but dropped a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association contest to the No. 8 Cardinals (1-3). BSU (15-2, 7-1) needed overtime to win the first set 26-24 and then won the next, 25-16. Ohio State won the third 25-23 but fell in the fourth, 25-22.
Ohio State put four in double digits in kills with Jacob Pasteur leading with 13. Samuel Clark, Ethan Talley and Martin Lallemand each had 10. Noah Platfoot had a game-high 41 assists with Lallemand leading with six digs.
Set One: Jacob Pasteur scored the first point of the match. The teams traded points until the Cardinals took a 6-4 lead on an OSU error. The Buckeyes tied it at 7-all on an Ethan Talley kill. The squads traded points before a Pasteur kill and a Lallemand ace put the Buckeyes up 12-10. A Ball State attach error led to a Cardinal timeout with the Buckeyes leading 14-11. Ohio State kept its advantage with the help of a couple Talley kills to keep the Buckeyes up 17-14. A Clark kill and BSU error gave Ohio State a 19-15 edge. The Cardinals called its second timeout and closed to within one at 19-18 Buckeyes, leading to Ohio State’s first timeout of the set. Ball State tied the match at 19-all on an OSU error. The teams traded points until with the match tied at 24-all, the Cardinals scored on back-to-back Ohio State errors to win, 26-24. Ohio State hit .233 while BSU connected at a .474 rate. Clark led Ohio State with five kills in the opening set.
Set Two: The teams traded points until the Cardinals went up 8-5, scoring three of four points before an Ohio State timeout. Ball State built its lead to 14-8 before the Buckeyes called its second and final timeout of the set. Ohio State was not able to close the gap the rest of the way, dropping the second set, 25-16. The Cardinals hit .538 in the second set and finished at .500 over the first two. The Buckeyes were connecting at .154 overall and .045 in the second. Pasteur and Clark each had six kills through two sets.
Set Three: Ohio State came back from a 7-4 deficit to within one at 7-6 but the Cardinals managed to keep the Buckeyes at bay until Ohio State climbed back to 14-13 BSU and then took a 17-15 lead after a 4-0 run. The Cardinals called timeout and scored the next two points to tie it at 17-all. The teams traded points until at 22-all, the Cardinals called timeout after an error gave the Buckeyes a 23-22 lead. A Lallemand kill put OSU up 24-22. Ball State made it 24-23 before a Talley kill gave the Buckeyes the 25-23 win. The Buckeyes hit .520 in the set while BSU managed .192. Pasteur’s kill total improved to a team leading 11 while Clark had eight and Talley seven.
Set Four: Ohio State used a timeout after Ball State jumped to a quick 4-0 lead. The Buckeyes went on a 4-1 run down the 7-2 to close to withing 8-6 BSU. Ohio State got to within one at 12-11 and 13-12 and then tied the game at 14-all. Ball State scored the next three points to lead 17-14. After an Ohio State timeout, the Buckeyes came back to tie it again at 18-all. The Cardinals went back up 20-18 and then 23-20 before earning the 25-22 win to claim the match, 3-1.
The Buckeyes travel to Lindenwood (8 p.m.) March 25 and continue on to Quincy (3 p.m.) March 26 for a pair of MIVA road contests.