January 28, 2022

No. 9 Buckeyes Fall 3-1 to No. 3 Long Beach State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ninth-ranked Ohio State (4-2) faced its third-consecutive California opponent on the road and fell 3-1 to No. 3 Long Beach State (5-0) Friday. The matchup is part of a two-game trip this weekend in the Battle of the Bigs. The Buckeyes take on UC Santa Barbara at 10 p.m. Saturday to close out the event.

After Ohio State won the first set 26-24, Long Beach won the next three (25-20, 25-15, 25-22) to remain unbeaten.

Samuel Clark let the Buckeyes with 18 kills with Jacob Pasteur adding 14. Parker Mikesch led both teams with 16 digs. Setter Noah Platfoot was credited with 45 assists. Ohio State hit .337 in the loss.

Ohio State entered the match ranked among the Top 10 for the first time since the Buckeyes were No. 7 on the road at Stanford Jan. 12, 2019 (L, 3-1). The last time Ohio State was involved in a match in which both teams were among the Top 10 was at No. 5 BYU, a 3-0 loss for the No. 7 Buckeyes Jan. 10, 2019.

The Buckeyes last won as a Top 10 team in a 3-1 home victory over Penn State Jan. 5, 2019. The last win for the Buckeyes in a game when both teams were among the Top 10 was a 3-2 victory for the No. 6 Buckeyes over No. 5 UC Irvine March 1, 2018 in the NCAA Championship Semifinals at UCLA.

Set One: The Buckeyes opened the match with an ace and a kill by Samuel Clark for a quick 2-0 lead. Long Beach tied the match at 4-all but California native Justin Howard put the Buckeyes back on top with a kill for the 5-4 lead. The Buckeyes remained on top until the Beach tied the game at 11-all. A Jacob Pasteur put the Buckeyes back on top 12-11 with his fourth kill of the match. Ohio State went up 15-12 on a Martin Lallemand kill, stopping the action for a media timeout. Long Beach scored the next three points to tie it at 15-all prompting an Ohio State timeout. Pasteur and Clark then put the Buckeyes on top 17-15 to force a Beach timeout. Long Beach then took its first lead at 18-17. Down 20-18, Ohio State called timeout and the Buckeyes then tied it at 24-all on a kill by Clark before a Beach timeout. Clark then added two more kills to win the match for the Buckeyes 26-24. Ohio State finished the game on a 5-0 run in the win. Clark had seven kills in the set while Pasteur added six. The Buckeyes hit .483 in the win.

Set Two: Long Beach led from the start and built a 10-6 advantage and increased the lead to 15-10 at the media timeout. The Buckeyes called timeout with Long Beach leading 20-14. After a 3-0 run by the Buckeyes, the Beach called timeout after a Clark kill made it 21-18 in favor of Long Beach. The Beach got back on track to go up 23-18 to force a Buckeye timeout. Long Beach went on to even the match at 1-all with the 25-20 win. Long Beach hit .400 in the second set while the Buckeyes hit .136. Clark led the Buckeyes after two sets with 11 kills. Pasteur was next with eight.

Set Three: Long Beach started strong but the Buckeyes tied it at 4-all. The Beach scored the next three points before a Lallemand kill made it 7-5 in favor of Long Beach State. After LBS built a 10-6 lead, the Buckeyes were not able to get any closer than two points the rest of the way in a 25-15 Beach win. LBS hit 481 in set 3 while the Buckeyes had a hitting percentage of .217. Clark (13) and Pasteur (11) led in kills heading into the fourth set.

Set Four: The momentum stayed on the Long Beach side as the Beach built an 8-3 lead. A 3-0 run by the Buckeyes made it 9-7 Beach. The Buckeyes used another 3-0 run to close the LBS lead to 13-12 on a Pasteur kill. The lead was 14-13 Long Beach after another Pasteur kill but the Beach scored the next point before the media timeout, leading 15-13. The teams went back and forth until Long Beach secured the 25-22 victory and the 3-1 win.

Up Next

Ohio State plays its fourth-consecutive game in California and its final contest in back-to-back weekends in the Golden State when the Buckeyes battle UC Santa Barbara Saturday (10 p.m.) in the final game in the Battle of the Bigs. Ohio State returns home to the Covelli Center to take on Mount Olive Feb. 4 and 5.

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