CHICAGO, Ill. – Jake Hanes did his part, bouncing 17 kills at a .324 attacking rate, but the Buckeyes failed to overcome an 8-0 blocking deficit in the 25-21, 25-14, 25-22 road defeat at No. 11 Loyola Chicago (17-7, 10-2 MIVA) Friday night in Gentile Arena. Senior libero Aaron Samarin posted superb statistical numbers as well, digging a team-high 10 balls as Ohio State fell to 8-17 overall and 3-8 in league play.
SET 1: Ohio State fell behind by as many as eight tallies in the opener before battling back to close the gap to four at 25-21 by set’s end. Sanil Thomas toed the service line late in the frame and rode a four-point run by the Buckeyes to give LUC a late-frame scare.
SET 2: A lone point separated the two squads at 13-12 midway through. The Ramblers then went on a 12-2 stretch, however, to close it out 25-14.
SET 3: Hanes and the Buckeyes emerged from intermission with a spark. Ohio Stat raced out to 4-0 and 8-2 leads. The four-point cushion remained at 13-9 before a five-point spurt lifted the Ramblers ahead for good at 14-13. Hanes wasn’t going to go away quietly though, smacking 11 kills in the final frame alone. He terminated 11 of 16 attempts with just three errors (.500). While the Buckeye team hitting percentage rose to .286, so too did Loyola Chicago and its .464 attacking clip en route to a 25-22 clincher.
Ohio State faces another nationally-ranked opponent Saturday night, rolling over to Romeoville, Ill., for an 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT match at No. 8 Lewis University.