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April 24, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team extended its 2015 season by sweeping Ball State and advancing into the MIVA Tournament Semifinals where they will face second-seeded and defending national champion Loyola. Ohio State held the Cardinals under 20 points in two of three sets, outscoring BSU by a total of 17 in the MIVA Quarterfinal battle.

St. John Arena closes its doors for the season, witnessing a Buckeye home record of 15-1. Ohio State dropped just nine sets in the 15 victories with the lone defeat coming to then-No. 1 Loyola. In the building’s 48-year history, Ohio State boasts an .834 home winning percentage (507-101).

The Buckeyes had it rolling at a steady offensive pace all evening, attacking .346 overall and .326 or higher in all three sets. Sophomore setter Christy Blough averaged over a dozen assists per frame, dishing out double-digit kills to both Michael Henchy (13) and Nicolas Szerszen (11). Driss Guessous (nine kills) and Miles Johnson (eight) weren’t far behind, combining for 17 put-aways.

While the offensive effort was impressive, the OSU defensive unit played at a high level as well. Gabriel Domecus donned the libero jersey and scooped up a match-high 14 digs. Blough made it a double-double by adding 11 digs to his 38-assist ledger. The Buckeyes also threw up seven blocks, helping to limit Ball State below the .200 attacking percentage mark.

Ohio State took its first lead at 2-1 in the opening set and never relinquished its edge rolling to a 25-16 triumph. Szerszen’s second ace sealed the deal for point number 25. Guessous terminated each of his four attack attempts to get off to a hot start.

The second stanza was much more heavily-contested with Ball State leading as late as 23-22. Henchy, the OSU senior captain, made sure this was not his last match, however. The Ventura, Calif., native was responsible for Ohio State’s final four points (three kills and an ace), carrying his team to victory 27-25.

Ball State emerged from the locker room after intermission and quickly seized the first two points of set number there. The Buckeyes countered by earning 10 of the next 12 points though and forcing the Cardinals to burn their second and final timeout of the set early at 10-4. Though Ball State would muster several short spurts as the set progressed, none were enough to overcome the Buckeye stronghold as OSU put an end to it 25-19.