April 2, 2022

Buckeyes Win Their 2022 Covelli Finale over McKendree in Five Sets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State made its 2022 Covelli Center finale a winning one, topping McKendree in five trilling sets on Saturday evening. The Buckeyes won by scores of 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 19-25 and 15-13.

The Buckeyes are now 11-13 on the year and 5-7 in MIVA play. McKendree falls to 12-10, 7-5.

Ohio State’s offense was led by Jacob Pasteur and Martin Lallemand, who combined for 41 kills and seven blocks. Pasteur had 21 kills and three blocks while Lallemand stuffed the stat sheet with 20 kills, 10 digs and four blocks.

Following the match, Ohio State and its men’s volleyball program recognized its senior class for their contributions both on and off the court: Parker Mikesch, Martin Lallemand, Luke Lentin, Sean Ryan and Ethan Tally.

Set One: In a tightly contested opening set, McKendree took a 1-0 lead in the match when Ryan Serrano and Daniel Duggan combined on a block to give the Bearcats a 27-25 victory.

Ohio State led, 22-19, and forced a McKendree timeout, but two straight Bearcat kills made the score 22-21 as the teams then went back and forth for the next 10 points. Ohio State had a set point leading 24-23 and staved off a set point trailing 25-24 but couldn’t get over the top.

Martin Lallemand led all players with six kills in the opening set, as he hit .667 on nine swings. Jacob Pasteur and Samuel Clark each had five kills.

Set Two: Ohio State evened the match at 1-all with a 25-23 win in the second set. Pasteur put the exclamation on the set with a kill at set point. The Buckeyes grabbed the lead at 5-4 early in the set and never trailed again.

McKendree scored four of the first six points, but a 5-0 Ohio State gave the Buckeyes a 7-4 lead. Ohio State led by as many as four on three occasions (12-8, 15-11 and 16-12) before McKendree pulled to within one, 21-20.

Ohio State hit .471 I the second set, finishing with 16 kills and four errors on 34 swings. The Buckeye block game was also key, finishing with four total blocks.

Set Three: The Buckeyes took control early in the third set and never looked back, registering a 25-16 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Leading 4-3, Ohio State went on a 7-0 run to open an 11-3 advantage. The Buckeyes led by as many as nine, 16-7, 21-12, 23-14 and 24-15, before getting a Jimmy Webb kill to finish off the 25-16 win.

Ohio State hit .462 for the set, its best among the first three sets, and added four blocks while limiting McKendree to a ,061 hitting percentage.

Set Four: McKendree forced a fifth set with a 25-19 win in the fourth, keyed by a .333 hitting percentage. The Bearcats trailed 10-9 but scored four straight points to go ahead 13-10 and never looked back.

Set Five: Tied at 10-10 in the race to 15 points, the Buckeyes pulled away and got a momentum-swinging block assist by Samuel Clark and Ethan Talley to tie the score at 11-11. From there, Lallemand’s kill gave the Buckeyes a 12-11 lead and Clark added a key service ace at 14-12 to give the Buckeyes a match point.

The final point of the night came on Lallemand’s kill, his 20th of the night.

Ohio State closes out the regular season next weekend when it travels to Purdue Fort Wayne (Thursday, April 7) and Loyola Chicago (Saturday, April 9).