April 10, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team tacked on one more win to its 17-match winning streak before concluding the regular season, sending away the Hawks of Quincy University (18-22, 4-12) in three sets (25-18, 26-24, 25-21). Ohio State enters postseason play at 25-3 overall and owners of a 15-1 MIVA mark.
By virtue of capturing the 25th MIVA regular season crown in school history, the Buckeyes have earned the right to host throughout the conference tournament. First up is a quarterfinals meeting with eighth-seeded IPFW on Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ET inside St. John Arena. If advancing, Ohio State would also play in front of a home crowd for the semifinals (April 20) and finals (April 23).
It wasn’t always pretty against Quincy, but the Buckeyes ultimately got the job done in the minimum three sets required. Ohio State’s sizzling service game was beautiful, however, racking up nine aces in the truncated contest. Christian Franceschi and Nicolas Szerszen brought the heat all night long, both recording an ace in each set. A dozen different Buckeyes took to the floor, including all five student-athletes being honored as part of the Senior Night festivities.
Ohio State got off to a slow start, attacking just .208 in the opening frame after being rejected three times. Blake Leeson did his part though, terminating all four sets sent his direction for a flawless 1.000 individual hitting efficiency. The Buckeyes put together four separate three-point spurts, including a set clincher starting at 22-18 and ending as the 25-18 winner.
Service excellence kept the pressure on in set number two and accounted for the eventual final tally. The Buckeyes buried four more aces and squeaked out a 26-24 triumph, closing the door thanks to Miles Johnson’s ace on the final point. The lead swapped sides of the net seven times in the frame, surrounded by 14 lead changes. The final edge exchange came when Ohio State fended off a Hawk set-point opportunity (24-23) with three consecutive points to complete the mini-comeback, 26-24.
Set number three was drastically less dramatic, seeing zero lead changes or tied scores. Ohio State accumulated 14 kills at a .391 attacking clip to roll forward in a 25-21 conclusion.
-Ohio State owns a MIVA-best 25 regular season championships all-time
-First MIVA title since 2012
-First outright MIVA title since 2011
-Ohio State’s 17-match winning streak is the longest since a 17-match victorious stretch (15 vs. Division I-II opponents) en route to the 2011 NCAA National Championship
-Ohio State’s 17-match winning streak is the longest vs. Division I-II opponents since 20 consecutive in 1998