January 7, 2023

No. 13 Buckeyes Fall to No. 4 Penn State, 3-1


Box Score | Season Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (1-1) fell to No. 4 Penn State (1-1) 3-1 (20-25, 17-25, 25-23, 21-25) Saturday at the Covelli Center.

Jacob Pasteur led the Buckeyes with 13 kills. Samuel Clark was next with 11. Noah Platfoot was credited with a team-leading 21 assists. Clark and Thomas Poole each had a team-high six digs.

Penn State’s John Kerr lead both teams with 21 kills.

How it Happened

Set One

Ohio State took its first lead of the set at 5-4 with a triple block by Jacob Pasteur, Cole Young and Michael Wright. Neither team managed more than a one-point lead until the Nittany Lions went up 9-7 on an ace. Penn State maintained the advantage before it increased the lead to 19-16. The Buckeyes called timeout with the Nittany Lions leading 20-17. Penn State scored the next two points before another Ohio State timeout. The Nittany Lions then closed out the set to win 25-20. The Buckeyes hit .316 with Pasteur leading with three kills. Penn State hit .391 in the win.

Set Two

Penn State remained hot to start the second, building a 6-2 lead. Down 9-4, the Buckeyes called their first timeout of the set. The Nittany Lion lead increased to 15-7, prompting Ohio State’s final timeout of the set. The Buckeyes closed the gap to 20-15 but Penn State finished off the set to win 25-17. Through two sets, Samuel Clark led the Buckeyes with five kills.

Set Three

Ohio State took an early 3-1 lead on kills by Clark and Pasteur. Penn State called timeout when the Buckeyes took a 9-5 lead. Penn State then took the lead at 12-11 after a 7-3 run. A Clark kill and Kyle Teune ace put the Buckeyes up 17-15. Penn State came back to tie it at 17-all. Ohio State called timeout after the Nittany Lions took an 18-17 lead. Another Clark kill drew the Buckeyes to within one at 21-20. Penn State went up 23-20 before The Buckeyes scored the next two leading to a PSU timeout up 23-22. The Buckeyes tied it at 23-all on a Penn State error and took the lead on another PSU miscue before a set-point block by Young and Clark earned the Buckeyes the 25-23 win.

Set Four

Penn State jumped to a 4-1 lead. Kills by Pasteur and Noah Platfoot cut it to 10-8 PSU. The Nittany Lions then built its lead back to four at 13-9. A couple Pasteur kills closed the gap to 15-13 PSU. The Buckeyes called timeout when PSU went back up 20-16. Penn State then closed off the set to win 25-21 and the match 3-1.

Up Next:

Ohio State takes to the road for a pair of matches at the Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va., site of the 2023 NCAA Championships, next weekend. The Buckeyes will take on Grand Canyon at 5 p.m. Jan. 14 before meeting host George Mason at 3 p.m. Jan. 15.


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