February 1, 2023

No. 13 Buckeyes Face No. 2 UCLA, No. 10 USC


No. 13 Ohio State vs. No. 2 UCLA, No. 10 USC 

Dates: Feb. 3/4
4 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Rec Hall, State College, Pa.
Watch: B1G+($)
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | UCLA | USC | MIVA
Rosters: Ohio State | UCLA | USC
Season Stats: Ohio State | UCLA | USC | MIVA | NCAA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (6-2) will take on No. 2 UCLA and No. 10 USC this weekend in the annual Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge. The event will be held in State College, Pa., at Rec Hall on the Penn State campus. The Buckeyes and Bruins meet at 4 p.m. Friday. Ohio State and USC square off at 4 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be streamed live on B1G+.

  • No. 13 Ohio State swept Princeton in back-to-back matches last week to improve to 6-2 overall after a five-match win streak. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers to win 3-1 and 3-2.
  • Jacob Pasteur led Ohio State with 37 kills in the two matches vs. Princeton. He hit .470 with just six errors on 66 swings.
  • Freshman Shane Wetzel, playing in his first two matches, led the Buckeyes with 23 kills, six aces, 10 digs for a team-best 31.5 points in wins over Maryville and Missouri S&T.
  • Ohio State split its matches at the 2023 Patriot Invitational vs. No. 9 Grand Canyon (L, 2-3) and vs. George Mason (W, 3-1) Jan. 14-15 in Fairfax, Virginia. Jacob Pasteur lead with 33 kills to go with 35 points. Samuel Clark was next with 30 kills and a team best 39.5 points.
  • Samuel Clark was named the first Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes with 26 kills in the opening two games of the season. He hit .400 for the weekend and led with 31.5 points.
  • Clark and junior Jacob Pasteur were named to the 2023 Preseason All-MIVA squad. Pasteur led Ohio State a year ago in sets played (104), kills (417), total attacks (808) and aces (38). He was second in total blocks with 59.
  • Clark played in 103 sets in 2022 with 377 kills, 796 attacks, 35 aces and 42 blocks.
  • The Buckeyes will play in a couple in-season events this year, both away from Columbus. George Mason, the host institution for the 2023 NCAA Championships, played host the Patriot Invitational Jan. 14-15. The annual Pac 12/Big Ten Challenge will take place in State College, Pa., with Ohio State taking on UCLA Feb. 3 and UCLA Feb. 4 at Rec Hall on the Penn State campus.
  • Ohio State is 3-23 all-time vs. the Bruins with the last win coming at Ohio State in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge (3-2) Jan. 7, 2017. The Buckeyes and Bruins went to a fifth set a year ago in Los Angeles with UCLA winning 3-2. Ohio State is 7-19 vs. the Trojans with wins in the last two matchups. The Buckeyes won 3-0 in State College in 2020 and then 3-1 last year at UCLA. Ohio State has won six of the last seven meetings in the series.
  • The MIVA regular season gets underway Feb. 9 with McKendree traveling to the Covelli Center for the league opener.