January 5, 2023

No. 13 Buckeyes Win Season Opener 3-0 Over Marauders


Final Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (1-0) earned a season-opening 3-0 win (25-11, 25-19, 25-23) over visiting Central State (0-1) Thursday at the Covelli Center.

The Buckeyes hit .438 for the match while holding CSU to .183 accuracy.

Samuel Clark led both teams with 15 kills on 21 swings while also leading Ohio State with nine digs. Kyle Teune added nine kills for the Buckeyes. Michael Wright led Ohio State with 24 assists with Noah Platfoot adding 11.

How it Happened

Set One

Ohio State jumped to a 5-1 lead behind a couple early kills by sophomore Kyle Teune. Central State battled back to make it 7-6 Buckeyes after a 5-2 Marauder run. After an ace by junior Michael Wright to make it 11-6 Ohio State, Central State called its first timeout. The Buckeyes then rattled of the next seven points to take an 18-6 lead, leading to another Central State timeout. Ohio State then closed out the set to win 25-11. The Buckeyes hit .500 for the set with 10 kills, 14 attacks and three errors. Tuene led the way with four kills on four swings. Central State hit .000 with six kills on 18 swings with six errors.

Set Two

The Marauders took their first lead of the match at 2-1 in the second set and built a 5-3 advantage before Ohio State evened it at 5-all. The Buckeyes took their first lead on a Samuel Clark kill to make it 11-10. A pair of Teune kills made it 13-10 Ohio State. Another Clark kill made it 16-12 Buckeyes. After a Central State timeout, the Marauders cut it to 19-18 Ohio State before the Buckeyes finished off the set for a 25-19 win. Ohio State hit .591 in the set while the Marauders hit .286. Teune and Clark led with eight kills apiece through two sets.

Set Three

After a 2-all start to the third, Ohio State took a 4-2 lead but Central State tied it at 5-all. Clark put the Buckeyes up 9-7 with a kill before a Teune ace gave OSU a three-point lead. The Marauders came right back to tie it at 10-all with a 3-0 run. The Buckeyes moved ahead 15-13 but could not shake CSU, who came back to tie the set at 16-all. The Marauders took an 18-17 lead before three-consecutive Clark kills put OSU up 20-18. Central State called a timeout after the Buckeyes took a 23-21 lead on a Cole Young kill. A Clark kill and a set and match-ending block by the Buckeyes gave Ohio State the third-set win, 25-23.

Up Next:

The Buckeyes remain home to take on No. 4 Penn State at 4 p.m. Saturday at Covelli in a battle of Top 15 programs. Fans can get an early look at the Nittany Lions Friday at Covelli in a neutral site match against Central State at 7 p.m.


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