January 24, 2023

No. 13 Buckeyes Host Princeton Thursday, Friday


No. 13 Ohio State vs. Princeton

Dates: Jan. 26/27
7 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Covelli Center
Watch: B1G+($)
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Princeton | MIVA
Roster: Ohio State | Princeton
Season Stats: Ohio State | Princeton | MIVA | NCAA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (4-2) moved up a spot in the recent AVCA men’s volleyball rankings after a pair of wins last week. The Buckeyes will put that ranking to the test this week in two matches against visiting Princeton Thursday and Friday at the Covelli Center. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live by B1G+.

Tickets and parking at all Ohio State men’s volleyball matches are free.

  • After a pair of 3-0 wins over Maryville and Missouri S&T, the No. 14 Buckeyes improved to 4-2 on the season.
  • 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.
  • Ohio State is 5-0 all-time vs. the Princeton Tigers, including a record of 3-0 in Columbus. The teams last met at Princeton Jan. 15, 2016, a 3-0 win for the Buckeyes.
  • 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 USC Feb. 2 and UCLA Feb. 4 at Rec Hall on the Penn State campus.
  • The MIVA regular season gets underway Feb. 9 with McKendree traveling to the Covelli Center for the league opener.
  • The Buckeyes were picked to finish third in the preseason MIVA poll with 53 points. Ball State led with 56 ahead of Loyola Chicago with 54.