COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (13-13, 7-7) played its final Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association game of the 2022 season at No. 11 Loyola Chicago Saturday and came away with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-21) win in the Windy City.
Three Buckeyes finished in double figures in kills with Jacob Pasteur leading the way with 16. Samuel Clark was next with 15 while Martin Lallemand finished with 13. Parker Mikesch led with 10 digs with Noah Platfoot adding nine along with 41 assists.
Ohio State will be the No. 5 seed in the 2002 MIVA Tournament and will travel to face No. 4 Lewis April 16. Match time will be announced at a later date.
Set One: Ohio State jumped to a 7-1 lead with Pasteur, Young (2), Clark and Lallemand all recording kills in a 5-1 burst to start the game. The Ramblers rallied after a timeout to make it 11-10 Buckeyes following a 5-2 run. A pair of Pasteur kills put the Buckeyes back up 14-11 before Loyola Chicago closed it to 14-13. A 3-1 Ohio State run behind a pair of Lallemand kills gave the Buckeyes a 16-13 lead. Ohio State increased its lead to 19-15 on a Pasteur kill, leading to the Ramblers’ second timeout of the set. Ohio State finished off the set on a 6-2 run to win 25-17. The Buckeyes hit .424 in the opening set and recorded 17 kills and 17 digs in the win. Pasteur led with seven kills.
Set Two: The Ramblers scored the first two points of the second set before the Buckeyes evened the score at 3-all and then at 6-all. A Clark kill put the Buckeyes up 7-6. Ohio State improved its lead to 11-7 before a Rambler timeout improved its lead to 15-9. The Buckeyes kept up the pressure forcing a Loyola timeout with the Ramblers trailing in the set 19-12. The Buckeyes again were able to close for the 25-17 win to lead 2-0 in the match. The Buckeyes hit .429 in the set with both Pasteur (.529) and Lallemand (.571) hitting above .500 for the match. Pasteur led with 10 kills just ahead of Lallemand with nine.
Set Three: The battle waged back-and-forth in the third until the Buckeyes took an 12-9 lead on back-to-back aces by Pasteur. The Ramblers called timeout after a Clark kill gave Ohio State a 13-9 advantage after a 4-0 run. Ohio State increased its lead to 19-13 on an Ethan Talley kill and then went up 20-14 when Pasteur put one down. The Ramblers cut it to 23-20 Buckeyes, prompting an Ohio State timeout. Ohio State retuned to the court and sealed the win on a Pasteur kill to win the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.
The Buckeyes now wait to learn its Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opponent in the conference tournament next week.