January 11, 2022

No. 11 Buckeyes Face St. Francis Wednesday


No. 11 Ohio State vs. St. Francis

Date: Jan. 12
7 p.m.
Covelli Center (3,700) | Game Day Reminders
Watch: B1G+($)
Admission: Free
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | St. Francis | MIVA
Rosters: Ohio State | St. Francis
Season Stats: Ohio State | St. Francis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 11 Ohio State completes a three-game homestand to start the 2022 season with a 7 p.m. match against St. Francis (Pa.) Wednesday at the Covelli Center in Columbus.

The Buckeyes (2-0) swept Central State last weekend to get the season underway. St. Francis enters the match at 1-0.

Ohio State is led by sophomore Jacob Pasteur and senior Martin Lallemand, who was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday.

Pasteur hit .294 last weekend with 18 kills, six aces and seven digs. Lallemand recorded 15 kills, three aces and five digs while hitting .357.

  • The No. 11 Buckeyes and St. Francis have met 37 times previously with Ohio State owning a 35-2 record all-time dating to the 1993 season. The last meeting was Jan. 4, 2019 at St. John Arena in Columbus, a 3-0 win for the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State opened the season with a pair of 3-0 wins over Central State Jan. 7-8. Jacob Pasteur lead with 18 kills in the wins. He also recorded team highs in aces (6) and blocks (7).
  • Martin Lallemand was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday. He had 15 kills, three aces, five digs and hit .357 in the wins over the Marauders.
  • Lallemand reached 600 kills last weekend and now has 606 as a Buckeye. He will need 199 more to crack the Top 20 in Ohio State history. David Frette holds the No. 20 position all-time with 805 from 1989-91.
  • St. Francis opened its season with a 3-0 home win (25-14, 25-15, 25-14) over Juniata last Friday. SFU is coached by Michael Rumbaugh, who is in his 24th season with the Red Flash. He has an overall record of 268-345.
  • The MIVA coaches picked the Buckeyes at No. 3 in the annual preseaon poll.
    A pair of Buckeyes made the preseason All-MIVA squad. Senior Martin Lallemand and sophomore Sotiris Siapanis, both outside hitters, are representing the Buckeyes on the squad.
  • Siapanis also was recognized as a preseason second team All-American by Off the Block. Siapanis, a 2021 Honorable Mention All-American (NVA/AVCA), was the 2021 MIVA Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-MIVA selection.
  • Kevin Burch, now in his third year as Ohio State head coach, added four student-athletes to the roster for the 2023 season on National Signing Day in November. Dan Hurley (6-8/OH), Jack O’Riodan (6-8/OH), Shane Wetzel (6-7/OPP) and Niko Williams (6-6/S) all signed their National Letters of Intent.
  • Steven Kehoe (2008-11) was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies last fall. The former setter also earned Ohio State’s Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2011. Kehoe remains ranked among the Top 10 in school history for career assists (4,012), digs (595) and aces (97).
  • Burch has compiled a record of 22-18 over three seasons as head coach in Columbus.