COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio State men’s volleyball team returned to the victory column with a sweep over the Quincy University Hawks on Saturday night at St. John Arena. Ohio State outscored Quincy by a combined score of, 75-49 (25-12, 25-17, 25-20), to record its third sweep of the season.
The Buckeyes are 59-2 in the all-time series against the Hawks, with Ohio State winning the last 15 matchups.
For the second night in a row, Jake Hanes paced the Buckeyes with 12 kills while Blake Leeson was the team’s most efficient attacker (.750). Martin Lallemand led the team with seven digs and Sanil Thomas served a team-high three aces.
SET 1: The Buckeyes set the tone right from the get-go, going up 3-0 on the Hawks to start the night. Ohio State was slowly building its lead and despite a 3-0 Quincy run, attacked .545 to take the first set, 25-12. Lallemand had four kills for the Scarlet and Gray while Leeson finished with a perfect attacking percentage on four swings.
SET 2: Down two at the start of the second set, Ohio State rattled off six straight points to lock down a 6-2 lead over the Hawks. The Buckeyes recorded a total of 13 kills and four service aces to down Quincy, 25-17. Leeson led the Buckeyes with two aces in the set and added five kills on as many swings.
SET 3: A slow start to the third set featured a tie seven times on the first 16 points. Quincy attacking errors and a kill from Hanes put the Buckeyes up three with the score at 11-8 to force a Hawk timeout. Hanes and Tyler Alter, who buried the match-winning point, totaled four kills apiece to help hold off the Hawks and the team recorded three blocks in the set to complete the sweep with a 25-20 victory.
Next up for the Buckeyes is a two-game road trip to Illinois as the team faces Loyola Chicago on Friday, March 29 followed by Lewis on Saturday. Both games will be played at 8:00 p.m.