March 14, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defending national champion and top-ranked Loyola handed No. 11 Ohio State its first home loss of the season, dropping the Buckeyes in three sets (25-18, 25-21, 25-19). Ohio State falls to 14-5 overall and 7-3 in MIVA play while the Ramblers move to 14-1, 6-1 MIVA.
A dozen different Buckeyes saw action, eight playing in all three sets. Nicolas Szerszen paced the squad with 10 kills and a .235 attacking efficiency. Gabriel Domecus was tops with five digs while Shawn Herron rejected a pair of Rambler attack attempts. Loyola posted a sideout percentage of 75 percent or better in each set. Thomas Jaeschke, the 2014 MIVA Player of the Year, was a thorn in Ohio State’s side delivering 17 kills at a .600 pace (17-2-25).
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 6-4 lead in the opening set before being victimized by a six-point run from the Ramblers. Loyola remained on the top the rest of the way, but not before Ohio State made it interesting and pulled within a lone tally at 17-16 on a big block from Herron and Szerszen. The Ramblers regrouped following a timeout, however, and snagged eight of the next 10 points to close it out 25-18.
It was Loyola grabbing an early lead in set number two, going ahead by as many as seven points at 11-4. The Buckeyes clawed back into things once again but could not break a three-point cushion on several chances. The final tally was separated by four points, 25-21.
Neither squad could gain the upperhand early on in the third set. The score remained tight and lead exchanged hands three times. An 8-8 tie was broken up by a 9-4 Rambler run and Loyola seized the advantage for good en route to the 25-19 clincher.
The Scarlet & Gray return to St. John Arena on Tuesday (March 17) for a 5 p.m. home match vs. Princeton.