COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team carried its winning mentality into Sunday for a straight-set victory (25-17, 25-22, 27-25) over No. 11 Loyola Chicago inside the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes move to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in MIVA action as the Ramblers drop to 8-2 (4-2 MIVA).
By beating Loyola twice, Ohio State swept the season series for the first time since 2017.
Martin Lallemand had the hot hand as he hit .500 on his way to a match-high 13 kills. He also added seven digs, two blocks and two aces. Sotiris Siapanis earned a .389 attacking clip (11-4-18), six digs and two rejections. Jacob Pasteur had his eighth match with double-digit kills (10).
Justin Howard notched a team-best three blocks while Michael Wright handed out 28 assists. Samuel Clark contributed five kills and two rejections.
SET 1: The Buckeyes had a blistering .688 attacking efficiency (12-1-16) to open the match. Ohio State separated from Loyola late in the set with a 20-15 lead. The Buckeyes earned a 25-17 win after scoring five of the last six points.
SET 2: The Ramblers had an early edge, 6-3, but it would not last as Ohio State went on a 5-0 run. The Buckeyes never looked back and Lallemand’s ace sealed the frame, 25-22.
SET 3: It took 14 ties and five lead changes for Ohio State to complete its sweep. After early ties, Loyola got out to a 17-12 advantage. The Buckeyes made up the difference to lock the score at 22-all. The teams exchanged the next six points before a Lallemand kill and Rambler error wrapped up the set.
Ohio State visits Ball State on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.