January 26, 2023

No. 13 Buckeyes Topple Tigers 3-1


Box Score | Season Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (5-2) defeated Princeton (2-4) Thursday 3-1 at the Covelli Center in the first of two matches between the two schools. The teams will face each other again at 7 p.m. Friday at Covelli.

Ohio State won the first set 27-25 before taking set two 25-18. The Tigers extended the third set and scored the final two points for a 30-28 win. Ohio State then won set four, 25-23 to win the match 3-1.

Jacob Pasteur led both teams with 17 kills. Samuel Clark added 12. Noah Platfoot was credited with 31 assists to lead the Buckeyes. Clark also had a team-leading 10 digs.

How it Happened 

Set 1 

A pair of Samuel Clark kills gave the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. The Buckeyes went up 4-1 before a pair of Princeton kills made it a one-point match. The Tigers tied the set at 5-all and then took a 6-5 lead. The set went back-and-forth before the Buckeyes scored five-consecutive points to take an 11-7 lead on a Kyle Teune ace. The lead improved to 13-8 follow a 7-1 Ohio State run. Another Clark kill made it 15-11 Buckeyes. Princeton was able to cut Ohio State’s lead to two on several occasions before making it a one-point set at 23-22 Buckeyes. Ohio State called timeout and scored the next point for a 24-22 lead. Princeton then tied the set at 24-all prompting Buckeyes’ second timeout. The Tigers took a 25-24 lead on the next point before a service error made it 25-all. Ohio State then finished off the match with a 3-0 run to win 27-25. Jacob Pasteur and Clark led with four kills each. Ohio State hit .296 while Princeton connected at a .143 percentage.

Set 2 

It was Princeton that got on the board first with the set’s opening two points. Kills by Clark and Pasteur evened the set at 2-all before a Pasteur ace put Ohio State up one. A backrow Pasteur kill and a Cole Young kill put the Buckeyes up 7-4. After another kill by Pasteur made it 8-4, Princeton called timeout. The Tigers rallied to cut Ohio State’s lead to 10-9 but the Buckeyes scored the next four for an 14-9 advantage. Princeton called its second timeout and scored the next two points. The Buckeyes built the lead to 18-12 on a Teune kill and Justin Howard ace. The Buckeyes finished a 6-1 run to take a 20-12 lead. A quick 3-0 run by the Tigers was stopped by a Young kill for the Buckeyes. Leading 21-15, Ohio State scored four of the next seven points to take the set 25-18. Pasteur led both teams with 10 kills after two sets. Ohio State it .471 in set two while the Tigers hit .091.


Ohio State started strong in taking a 3-0 lead. The Tigers came back to tie it at 4-all before an Ohio State block by Clark, Teune and Howard put Ohio State back in the lead. A Clark ace put the Buckeyes up 8-5. The lead increased to 10-5 Ohio State on a Young kill, which led to a Princeton timeout. The Buckeyes maintained a 5-point edge at 16-11 following a Clark kill. After a Tiger error made it 17-11 Buckeyes, Princeton called its final timeout. A Jack Stevens kill followed by a Stevens ace put Ohio State up 20-13. The Tigers then went on a 4-0 run before a Young kill made it 21-17. Ohio State called timeout leading 21-19. Pasteur got the kill on the next point but the Tigers scored the next three to tie the set at 22-all. Ohio State then called its final timeout. The Tigers took the lead on an ace but a Howard kill tied it again at 23. Princeton then took a 24-23 lead before a Clark kill knotted the set at 24-all. The teams were then tied at 25, 26, 27 and 28-all before Princeton scored twice for the 30-28 win to extend the match. Pasteur was the leader in kills with 15 after three sets with Clark adding 11.

Set 4

The Tigers started with a 3-1 lead. A Princeton error made it 4-all. Pasteur tied it at 8-all with a kill before the Tigers scored the next two for a 10-8 lead. Howard and Clark kills tied it again at 10-all. the set seesawed until a Princeton 3-0 run made it 14-12 Tigers. Ohio State called timeout but the Tigers kept the lead until a an Ohio State block (Pasteur, Howard and Clark) tied the set at 17-all. Princeton scored the next two but a Howard kill and Tiger error made it 19-all. Ohio State took the lead at 21-20 on a Pasteur kill, leading to a Princeton timeout. Ohio State scored two of the next three to take a 23-21 lead. The Tigers then tied it 23-all. Princeton called its final timeout of the set after a Young kill put Ohio State up 24-23. A Princeton error gave the set (25-23) and match 93-1) to the Buckeyes.

Up Next 

The Buckeyes are back at Covelli Friday to face the Tigers once more. Match time is set for 7 p.m. with B1G+ streaming all the action live.



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