UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (6-0) remains undefeated following a straight-sets win (25-20, 25-21, 25-22) over Southern California (1-5). Ohio State accumulated nine kills and nine digs more than the USC Trojans while attacking north of .300 for the fifth time in six matches this season. The Buckeyes have snagged 18 of 19 sets thus far in 2020.
Reese Devilbiss and Martin Lallemand combined for 27 of 44 Ohio State kills. Lallemand recorded 16 at a .448 attacking rate while Devilbiss swung .320 en route to his 11 terminations. Nine more kills came from the middles, Samuel Clark and Ethan Talley, with Clark bouncing five of seven error-free attempts.
Four different Buckeyes posted five or more digs, paced by Devilbiss’ eight digs. Lallemand and Talley both got in on three block assists to lead the way. Lallemand was responsible for a team-high 19.5 points in total.
The Devilbiss-Lallemand duo started early and often, each connecting on four kills in the opening set. Ohio State doubled up the Trojans at 12-6 for what would ultimately be the largest margin of Set 1 as the Buckeyes came away at 25-20 winners.
It was much tighter in the second stanza, evidenced by a total 13 tied scores. The final stalemate came at 17-17 before Lallemand blasted the go-ahead kill. Devilbiss followed with a kill of his own and an errant USC attack made good for three consecutive OSU points. The Buckeyes stretched the gap by another point and ended the set 25-21.
Lallemand took over in the third, pairing with setter Michael Wright for seven kills on 10 swings. Ohio State out-dug the Trojans, 11-5, grinding out the clinching 25-22 tally.
The Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge continues on Sunday when Ohio State faces No. 6 UCLA at 1:30 p.m. ET.