COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (1-1) secured its first victory of the 2021 season behind a straight-set win (25-22, 25-23, 25-17) over No. 11 Penn State (1-1) on Saturday night at the Covelli Center.
Martin Lallemand paced the team with a match-best nine kills. Jacob Pasteur had seven kills and Austin Gerwig added six kills. Samuel Clark tallied four kills and a match-high five blocks while Tim Baldwin recorded four kills, four digs, two blocks and two service aces. Luke Lentin facilitated 28 assists, dug five balls, served two aces and denied a pair of attacks at the net.
Ohio State held Penn State to a .078 hitting percentage while converting at a .227 rate.
SET 1: The opening frame remained tight as the teams tied the score 11 times. Ohio State recorded the last three points to take the set, 25-22.
SET 2: A Lallemand-Gerwig rejection helped the Buckeyes to a 19-13 advantage. Penn State chipped away at the lead to pull within one but Pasteur’s kill neutralized the threat, 25-23.
SET 3: Ohio State erased a four-point deficit to go up 17-12. The Buckeyes forged ahead to complete the sweep, 25-17.
The Buckeyes will make the trip to State College, Pa. for a weekend series at Penn State Jan. 29-30.