STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The No. 13 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (1-3) concluded its non-conference schedule with a 3-0 loss (25-23, 25-20, 25-20) to No. 11 Penn State (3-1) at Rec Hall on Saturday night.
For the third time in four matches, Jacob Pasteur paced the offense and set a career high in kills, this time with 21 daggers. The rookie also hit .395 (21-6-38) with two blocks and one service ace. Martin Lallemand had six kills and five digs while Samuel Clark tallied four kills and four rejections. Michael Wright and Luke Lentin posted 10 and 20 assists, respectively.
SET 1: Penn State jumped out to a 15-8 lead, which sent the Buckeyes to their bench. Ohio State scored four straight points to cut the deficit to one, 17-16. The teams went back and forth until an ace and error closed the set in PSU’s favor, 25-23.
SET 2: The Buckeyes forced the Nittany Lions to burn a timeout as they led 14-10. A 5-0 run put Penn State ahead for good as it went on to take a 25-20 win.
SET 3: Ohio State managed to keep Penn State’s advantage to one point early in the frame. The Nittany Lions went on a 6-1 run that opened the gap to 19-13. The Buckeyes tried to get back into the rally but fell 25-18.
The Buckeyes start MIVA play when it hosts Lewis on Feb. 5-6.