March 16, 2017

Buckeyes Return to Winning Ways at No. 10 Loyola


March 16, 2017

Final Stats


CHICAGO, Ill. — The No. 2 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team left little doubt in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 sweep of the 10th-ranked Loyola Ramblers (11-8, 6-4 MIVA) in a road victory taking less than 90 minutes to complete. The Buckeyes improve to 20-1 overall and remain atop the MIVA standings at 9-0.

Ohio State swung .352 as a squad while limiting the Ramblers to a .153 attacking efficiency. Gabriel Domecus dug a match-high 13 balls to lead the way defensively, complementing the offensive duo of Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combining for two dozen kills. Driss Guessous was a heavy contributor on both sides of the next, racking up seven blocks (one solo) and bouncing seven kills on 11 attempts with two misses (.455).

• Ohio State has recorded 19 straight wins in true road matches (last loss in an opponent’s home gym came in 2015)
• The Buckeyes are also riding a 24-match winning streak versus MIVA opponents

Head coach Pete Hanson roamed the Buckeye sideline for his 999th career match, picking up his 665th triumph (665-334; .666). The four-time National Coach of the Year also upped his MIVA career mark to 289-90 (.763) as Ohio State capped off its fourth consecutive sweep of Loyola.

Set 1: Playing in front of an ESPN3 audience, the Buckeyes raced out to a 7-3 edge before Loyola burned its first T.O. of the evening. Ohio State continued to pour it on, however, surging ahead by as many as eight points en route to a 25-20 first-set winner in which OSU never trailed.

Set 2: Szerszen came alive in the second stanza, exploding for eight kills via a .583 hitting percentage. Trailing 13-11 midway through the frame, Ohio State rattled off four straight to pull ahead for good in a 25-21 besting.

Set 3: The Buckeyes suffocated Loyola in the third, accumulated 12 digs and stuffing the Ramblers thrice. The superb defensive effort holding Loyola to a minus-.038 hitting percentage masked a subpar attacking performance for the Scarlet & Gray, doing little to derail a 25-15 clincher.

Saturday night (March 18) brings a tougher challenge, sending the Buckeyes to seventh-ranked Lewis University (10-2 in MIVA play) for an 8 p.m. ET meeting.