March 13, 2022

No. 3 Penn State Holds off No. 13 Ohio State, Wins 3-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (9-9, 3-3) rallied after being down 2-0 to force a fourth set but the No. 3 Penn State (15-3) won 3-1 (20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-25) in University Park, Pennsylvania, Sunday at Rec Hall.

Sam Clark led Ohio State with 18 kills ahead of Jacob Pasteur’s 14. Noah Platfoot guided the Ohio State offense with 39 assists. Parker Mikesch led his teammates with eight digs.

Set One: Jacob Pasteur got the first kill of the set as the Buckeyes started with a 2-1 lead. The Nittany Lions took a 4-2 lead and built the advantage to 9-3 before an Ohio State timeout. The Nittany Lions maintained at least a four-point edge the rest of the way in a 25-20 win. Pasteur finished with five kills on five attacks with no errors to lead the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions hit .519 while Ohio State connected at a .353 clip.

Set Two: Penn State was first on the board before a Pasteur kill evened the set. The Buckeyes trailed 5-3 but tied the set at 5-all on a Samuel Clark kill and Penn State attack error. Neither team was able to build more than a two-point edge through the middle part of the second. The Buckeyes tied the set at 11-all on a pair of PSU errors. The Nittany Lions scored twice to take a 13-11 lead but could not shake the Buckeyes. Ohio State tied it again at 15-all on an Ethan Talley kill and Martin Lallemand ace. The Nittany Lions responded with the next two points but the Buckeyes came back and tied it at 18-all. Ohio State called a timeout after Penn State used a 3-0 run to take a 21-18 lead. The Buckeyes could not get closer than two points the rest of the set in the 25-21 PSU win that put the Nittany Lions up 2-0 in the match. Ohio State hit .400, just behind PSU’s .407. Pasteur continued to lead the Buckeyes with a team-high eight kills with just one error on 12 swings (.583).

Set Three: The Buckeyes led 5-3 early on kills by Lallemand and Young after a 3-all tie. A Pasteur kill made it 7-4 Ohio State. Another Pasteur kill and a PSU attack error made it 9-5 Buckeyes, leading to a Penn State timeout. Ohio State maintained at least a three-point lead until the Lions made it 13-12 Buckeyes on a kill and two OSU attack errors. Ohio State called timeout and then went up 15-12 on a PSU service error and a Lallemand ace. A kill by Sean Ryan and two by Clark increased the Ohio State lead to 19-15. Penn State called timeout trailing 21-19 and then tied the set at 22-all. Kills by Lallemand and Clark gave the Buckeyes a 24-22 lead before a Nittany Lion timeout. A Pasteur kill ended the set to give the Buckeyes a 25-23 win. Ohio State had 18 kills in the set at managing 10 in each of the first. The Buckeyes hit .297 ahead of Penn State’s .250. Clark led Ohio State after three sets with 14 kills. Pasteur also reached double digits with 11.

Set Four: Penn State started strong in the fourth set, taking a quick 3-0 lead that increased to 7-1 before an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes got no closer than four points (9-5) the rest of the way to drop the set 25-15 and the match, 3-1.

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Ohio State starts the second half of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association schedule at home Wednesday when Ball State visits the Covelli Center for a 7 p.m. contest.

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