COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team earned its first road victory of the season with a 3-2 win (25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13) at Ball State on Saturday night. The Buckeyes have won their last three matches and improve to 5-6 (4-3 MIVA) as the Cardinals fall to 7-2 (4-1 MIVA).
Tonight’s triumph marked the first loss for the Cardinals on their home court in 2021 and in conference play.
Martin Lallemand led all scorers with a career-high 21 kills while hitting .375. Sotiris Siapanis had 18 kills, a personal best, and Jacob Pasteur joined him in double figures with 14 daggers.
Rookie Noah Platfoot handed out a career-best 56 assists. Samuel Clark chipped in nine kills while Luke Meidel posted a match-high 15 digs. Justin Howard and Samuel tallied five blocks apiece, followed by Siapanis (4), Pasteur (3), Platfoot (3) and Lallemand (2).
As a team, Ohio State had a .341 attacking percentage and out-blocked Ball State, 13-9.
SET 1: After exchanging points, the Cardinals needed a timeout as they trailed 17-13. Ball State made up the difference to tie the score at 21-all. The Buckeyes closed the frame on a 4-1 run, 25-22.
SET 2: Ohio State fell behind early but scored four straight points to pull within one, 14-13. Although the Buckeyes locked the set at 17, they could not get ahead and fell 25-23.
SET 3: Kills by Siapanis and Clark helped the Buckeyes take a 12-7 lead. Ohio State kept the ball rolling on its way to a 25-20 winner.
SET 4: Ball State got out to a 15-11 advantage, which made Ohio State call for time. Out of the break, the Cardinals were able to keep Buckeyes at arm’s length, 25-19, and force a fifth set.
SET 5: It looked like things were trending in the Buckeyes’ favor after Lallemand’s kill put them up 11-8. Ball State scored the next three points to tie the rally at 11. A pair of timely blocks and kills by Pasteur sealed the victory, 15-13.
Ohio State is off next week and returns to action on Thursday, March 11 when it hosts Ball State.