March 10, 2022

No. 13 Buckeyes Hit the Road vs. SFU and PSU


No. 13 Ohio State at St. Francis, No. 3 Penn State 

Dates: March 12/13
7 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (ET)
Venues: DeGol Arena/Rec Hall
Watch: SFU Stream/ B1G+($)
Live Stats:
Game Notes: Ohio State | St. Francis | Penn State | MIVA
Rosters: Ohio State | St. Francis | Penn State
Season Stats: Ohio State | St. Francis | Penn State | MIVA | NCAA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (9-7) remains out of conference for two more games when the Buckeyes travel to Pennsylvania to take on St. Francis and No. 3 Penn State this weekend.

Both are return games after the Buckeyes downed St. Francis early in the season at the Covelli Center and fell to Penn State last week in Columbus.

  • The No. 13 Buckeyes and St. Francis have met 38 times previously with Ohio State owning a 36-2 record all-time dating to the 1993 season. Ohio State won the meeting earlier this season in Columbus, 3-0. The Buckeyes are 14-1 in Loretto.
  • All-time, Ohio State is 45-77-1 vs. Penn State, after the Nittany Lions won in Columbus last week, 3-0. The Buckeyes are 12-31 in University Park.
  • Ohio State is led by sophomore Jacob Pasteur’s 220 kills, 24 aces and 265 points. He is second with 38 blocks. Samuel Clark is the team leader with 40.
  • Ohio State is 469-139 all-time in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular-season competition. The Buckeyes own 27 MIVA championships and 17 MIVA Tournament titles.
  • The Buckeyes swept both Quincy and Lindenwood, 3-0, in Columbus (Feb. 24/25)to even their MIVA record at 3-3. Ohio State swept Lincoln Memorial in a pair of games last weekend (3-0. 3-0).
  • Sophomore Jacob Pasteur led the Buckeyes hitting .596 with 31 kills and just three errors to earn the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week (3/1/22) following the wins over Quincy and Lindenwood.
  • Prior to traveling to McKendree and Lewis Feb. 11 and 13, Ohio State had last played Jan. 29 at UC Santa Barbara (L, 1-3) two days following a loss (1-3) to now No. 2 Long Beach State, also on the road. Two home games scheduled Feb. 4-5 vs. Mount Olive were canceled because of winter travel concerns.
  • Five of Ohio State’s seven losses this year have come on the road in California to current Top 10 teams: No. 2 LBS, No. 1 UCLA and No. 5 UCSB and then at current No. 14 McKendree and at No. 12 Lewis in the first two MIVA games of the year. The No. 3 Nittany Lions won in Columbus last week, 3-0. The Buckeyes own a win (3-1) over current No. 6 Southern California at the B1G/Pac-12 Challenge.
  • Ohio State split vs. then-No. 2 UCLA (L, 3-2) and No. 12 Southern California (W, 3-1) at the B1G/Pac-12 Challenge at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.
  • Ohio State opened the season with a pair of 3-0 wins over Central State Jan. 7-8. Pasteur led with 18 kills in the wins. He also recorded team highs in aces (6) and blocks (7).
  • Martin Lallemand was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Jan. 9. He had 15 kills, three aces, five digs and hit .357 in the wins over the Marauders.
  • Lallemand has 688 career kills as a Buckeye. He will need 117 more to crack the Top 20 in Ohio State history. David Frette holds the No. 20 position all-time with 805 from 1989-91.
  • The MIVA coaches picked the Buckeyes at No. 3 in the annual preseason poll.
  • A pair of Buckeyes made the preseason All-MIVA squad. Senior Martin Lallemand and sophomore Sotiris Siapanis, both outside hitters, represented the Buckeyes.
  • 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 a record of 29-25 over three seasons as head coach in Columbus.