COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team is back in Columbus to take on No. 11 Loyola Chicago this Saturday and Sunday. Both matches will start at 4 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes (2-6, 1-3 MIVA) are hoping to snap a three-match skid after suffering a pair of losses to McKendree. Sotiris Siapanis hit .421 and had 3.67 kills per set in his weekend debut. Michael Wright averaged 10.62 assists and Jacob Pasteur tallied eight aces against the Bearcats.
HISTORY WITH LOYOLA
Ohio State holds a 37-24 advantage in the all-time series with Loyola. The Buckeyes are 25-5 when hosting the Ramblers. Ohio State has lost the last four meetings, including a 3-1 setback a season ago.
SCOUTING THE RAMBLERS
Loyola brings a spotless 8-0 overall record and 4-0 MIVA mark to Columbus after beating Lindenwood twice. The Ramblers have only dropped four sets this season and ranks third in the country with a .334 hitting percentage. The squad also ranks in the top 10 in aces per set (1.86), assists per set (12.00), kills per set (12.89) and opponent hitting percentage (.211).
Jacob Pasteur is averaging 4.93 points and 4.07 kills per set, which stands fourth and seventh respectively, among the nation’s leaders. As a team, the Buckeyes are fifth in aces per set (1.78) and 18th in assists (10.63) and kills (11.37).
Ohio State visits Ball State on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.