LORETTO, Pa. – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (7-1) earned its first ‘true’ road match victory of the season, rolling into Degol Arena and snagging a straight-set win (25-16, 25-23, 27-25) over the Red Flash of Saint Francis University (2-5). Senior Reese Devilbiss carried the largest offensive load, connecting for 12 kills at a .688 attacking rate.
Martin Lallemand was efficient as well when smacking eight kills on 15 attempts with two errors, good for a hitting percentage of .400. However, Samuel Clark upped the ante in efficiency, terminating six of seven swings.
Setter Michael Wright not only dished out 29 assists but also paced the team with six blocks (one solo) while the entire Red Flash squad mustered only two blocks. Luke Meidel donned the libero jersey and backed it up with a half dozen digs.
Set 1: Devilbiss got right after in the opening frame, bouncing six of seven attack attempts. Ohio State jumped ahead early and never looked back in a 25-16 winner.
Set 2: Devilbiss remained hot, killing three of four, and was joined at the pins by Tyler Alter (three kills) and Lallemand (four kills). Wright assisted on all 12 Buckeyes kills, including a 2-for-2 connection with fellow freshman Clark. Ohio State garnered an early lead once again but could not pull away this time around. The Red Flash pulled even at 17-17 and stayed there until 23-23. That’s when Devilbiss erased any doubt, posting back-to-back kills to send Ohio State into intermission as 25-23 victors.
Set 3: Saint Francis wasn’t going to go away quietly on their home floor, leading by as many as four points late in the frame. Trailing 22-18, a Tim Baldwin kill started a four-point OSU run. Moments later it was SFU earning the first set-point opportunity, up 24-23. Clark and Wright combined for a stuff to keep the Buckeyes alive though. A few rallies later, Wright paired with Ethan Talley for the match-clinching block and sealing the deal at 27-25.
Ohio State hops on a bus and treks to Happy Valley next for a 7 p.m. ET Saturday match at No. 7 Penn State.