April 29, 2015
CHICAGO, Ill. – The No. 10 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (22-9) was eliminated in the MIVA Tournament Semifinals, dropping a four-set road match (25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17) at second-seeded and defending national champion Loyola (24-2). The Ramblers threw up 14 team blocks, limiting OSU to a .137 attacking efficiency.
For the 19th time in 31 seasons under the guidance of head coach Pete Hanson, the Buckeyes have accumulated 20 or more wins. Ohio State’s 22 victories are the most since 2011’s NCAA National Championship campaign which included 26 total wins.
The first 12 points of the opening set were split up six tallies apiece. Loyola then grabbed the next three points to ignite a 19-10 run spanning the remainder of a 25-16 final ledger.
Ohio State jumped out to an early second stanza lead of 3-0. The three-point edge held strong up to the 18-15 mark following a kill from Miles Johnson. Ten of the next 15 points went to the Ramblers, however, and Loyola surged to a two-sets-to-none advantage.
Set number three was the most highly-contested of the evening, encompassing five lead changes and nine tied scores. Johnson contributed four of the Buckeyes’ 11 kills and got in on two of four team blocks. The ledger was locked up at 6-6 early on once again, but this time it was Ohio State pulling away from there in a 25-21 triumph to force a fourth frame.
Loyola followed with an emphatic response, closing the door 25-17 in the set number four. The Ramblers attacked .567 while holding Ohio State to an even .000 hitting percentage.