April 7, 2022

Ohio State Outlasts Mastodons for 3-2 Win

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (12-13, 6-7) posted its second-consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association win with a 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 26-28, 27-25, 15-12) victory at Purdue Fort Wayne (15-11, 6-7) Thursday.

Three Buckeyes reached double figures in kills led by Samuel Clark with 21. Jacob Pasteur added 18 ahead of Martin Lallemand’s 14. Noah Platfoot recorded 52 assists and a team-high nine digs. Parker Mikesch also recorded nine digs.

Set One: A 4-0 run put the Buckeyes up 8-7 after trailing by three early. Ohio State’s run improved to 6-1 to give the Buckeyes a 10-8 advantage. Kills by Samuel Clark and Jacob Pasteur gave the Buckeyes a 12-9 edge. The Mastodons then rallied behind a 5-0 run to take a 14-12 lead. The Buckeyes benefited by a pair of Purdue Fort Wayne errors followed by an ace by Pasteur to put Ohio State back on top 15-14. After a media timeout, the Mastodons went on a 4-1 run to take an 18-16 lead. The Buckeyes called timeout, then used a 4-1 run behind two kills from Clark and one each by Young and Lallemand to lead 20-19. Purdue Fort Wayne called its first timeout ahead of a Pasteur kill to put Ohio State up by two. An Ethan Talley kill and an error by the Mastodons set up set point with the Buckeyes leading 24-21. Purdue Fort Wayne called its final timeout but Talley struck again with a kill to give the Buckeyes the 25-21 win. Ohio State hit .333 in the opener with Clark leading the way with five kills.

Set Two: Purdue Fort Wayne scored the first two points of the second set and built the lead to 6-2 with a pair of aces. Ohio State cut into the lead behind Clark and Pasteur kills to make it 9-7 Mastodons. Another Clark kill followed by a Young and Lallemand block made it a one-point match with Purdue Fort Wayne on top 10-9. A Mastodon error and another Clark kill put the Buckeyes in the lead 11-10 following a 6-1 Buckeye run. Purdue Fort Wayne took a timeout and the teams took turns taking a one-point lead until Ohio State managed a 19-17 lead on back-to-back Mastodon errors. A 3-0 run put Purdue Fort Wayne back in the lead 20-19. Ohio State called timeout but the Mastodons scored the next three points to lead 23-19. The Buckeyes called their final timeout of the set but Purdue Fort Wayne finished off the win (25-20) with an 8-1 run to even the match at 1-all. Ohio State hit .476 in the set and led Purdue Fort Wayne .392 to .283 overall in hitting. Clark led the Buckeyes with 10 kills ahead of Pasteur’s nine.

Set Three: Neither team was able to take control of the third after trading points before the Buckeyes built a 14-12 lead on a Clark kill and a point off an Ohio State triple block. The Buckeyes were able to keep its two-point advantage before kills by Lallemand and Talley increased Ohio State’s lead to 22-18, leading to a Mastodon timeout. The Buckeyes then called timeout leading 23-21. Back-to-back aces by Purdue Fort Wayne tied the match at 23-all. The teams traded points before PFW won the set 28-26.

Set Four: The fourth set started much like the third with each team battling. Ohio State took a 10-7 lead after a 4-0 run. The lead increased to 13-8 after kills from Young, Clark and Pasteur. The Mastodons called timeout but the Buckeyes were able to maintain control until Purdue Fort Wayne tied the set at 23-all after a 5-1 run. Ohio State took a 24-23 lead on a PFW error. The Mastodons called timeout and tied the match at 24-all. With the set tied at 25, The Buckeyes got a kill from Clark and then won on a PFW error, 27-25.

Set Five: In the race to 15, the evenly-matched contest continued to go back-and-forth in the final set. The Buckeyes went up 9-7 on a Platfoot ace. A Lallemand kill gave the Buckeyes an 11-9 edge. He added another for a 12-10 Ohio State advantage. A Pasteur kill made it 14-12 and a block by Pasteur and Young gave the Buckeyes a 15-12 win in the set and a 3-2 win in the match.

Up Next

Ohio State will head west from Indiana to Illinois to face Loyola Chicago at 4 p.m. Saturday in the final regular season contest of the season.

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