UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team marched into Happy Valley and left with a straight-sets win (25-22, 25-22, 26-24) over the 7th-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State University. Ohio State’s first sweep in University Park since 2013 moved the Buckeye season mark to 8-1 while PSU evens at 4-4.
Pennsylvania native Reese Devilbiss capped off a fantastic weekend. He blitzed 15 kills at a .560 attacking rate Saturday against the Nittany Lions. That coming one night after bouncing a dozen kills at Saint Francis.
Martin Lallemand registered a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs, accompanied by a .435 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Michael Wright averaged just under a dozen assists per set, dishing 35 in total.
Set 1: Devilbiss sprinted out of the gates, terminating all six attacks in the opening frame. Ohio State hit .444 as a team and put up three blocks to help limit PSU at a .231 attacking clip. The score was 12-all before a three-point Ohio State run pushed the Buckeyes ahead for good.
Set 2: Ohio State kept it rolling in the second, never trailing. Despite never being behind, the Buckeyes had to fight for it. The Nittany Lions stayed within striking distance throughout, but ultimately it was Ohio State coming out as 25-22 victors once again.
Set 3: Devilbiss and Lallemand remained hot in the third, both hitting .500 with six or more kills apiece. Penn State matched the effort though, leading to 13 tied scores. The latest stalemate came at 24-24 before a Nittany Lion service error was followed by Devilbiss’ match-clinching kill for a 26-24 final.
Ohio State returns to the Covelli Center next weekend (Feb. 7-8) and plays host to No. 3 UC Santa Barbara and No. 4 Long Beach State. Ironically, Penn State will also be in Columbus, facing the same two west coast teams on alternate nights at the Covelli Center.