COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (4-0) dropped its first set of the season, but ultimately emerged as 3-1 victors over Lincoln Memorial University (3-2). Ohio State dominated in each of its three triumphant sets, outscoring the Railsplitters 75-48 in those frames. The final set scores were 25-15, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19.
“That’s the best volleyball we’ve played so far this season in those three sets,” head coach Kevin Burch said.
A rare feat occurred in the opening set when Ohio State earned 24 of the 25 points as LMU posted just one service error and sent no attacks into the net or out of bounds. The Buckeyes smacked 16 kills, three aces and blocked the opposition five times to accumulate the two dozen points. Ohio State bounced those 16 kills on just 25 error-free attempts, good for a .640 team hitting percentage.
For the match, three different Buckeye pin hitters posted 12 or more kills. Martin Lallemand’s career-high 18 kills paced the squad while Reese Devilbiss (16 kills) and Tyler Alter (12 kills) followed closely behind. Ethan Talley was effective from the middle, attacking .417 with seven kills. Steering the ship to a .344 team hitting percentage was sophomore setter Luke Lentin and his 51 assists.
Ohio State smothered at the net, racking up 17 blocks. That total represents a Buckeye best since registering 18 stuffs at Lindenwood on March 25, 2018. That contest spanned five sets though. The last time Ohio State totaled 17 or more blocks in a four-set match was Feb. 15, 2013 versus Purdue Fort Wayne (then known as IPFW). Samuel Clark led all players with eight blocks (1s, 7a).
Defensive effort was also superb in the backcourt with Ohio State digging 50 balls. Parker Mikesch accounted for 15 and Alter registered a double