COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team put its resilience on display as it battled back from a 2-0 deficit to complete a reverse sweep of No. 11 Loyola Chicago, 3-2 (22-25, 17-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-11), Saturday at the Covelli Center.
The Buckeyes improved to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in MIVA play while handing the Ramblers (8-1, 4-1 MIVA) their first loss of 2021.
Three Buckeyes finished the night in double digits, led by Jacob Pasteur with 17 kills. Sotiris Siapanis recorded his first double-double as a Buckeye on 15 kills and 10 digs, both career marks, while Martin Lallemand chipped in 14 kills and six digs.
Michael Wright and Noah Platfoot split the setting duties with 26 and 25 assists, respectively. Samuel Clark had a .583 attacking clip (8-1-12). Pasteur and Clark also tallied five blocks each, followed by Lallemand and Justin Howard with three apiece.
SET 1: Neither team was able to separate itself until a 4-0 run put Loyola ahead 22-17. The Buckeyes got within a pair but dropped the set, 25-22.
SET 2: The Ramblers were in control of the frame, jumping out to a 15-7 lead. Ohio State could not make up the difference as it fell 25-17.
SET 3: Loyola spent both of its timeouts in quick succession after Ohio State took a 20-16 advantage. The break helped the Ramblers gather their thoughts as they responded with a 6-2 run to tie the score at 22-all. Lallemand connected on two of OSU’s last three kills to seal the set, 25-23.
SET 4: The frame featured 17 ties and seven lead changes. The Ramblers used a 4-1 run to even the score at 24-all. Pasteur put the ball down hard for a kill and joined Howard at the net for the last point, 26-24, to lock the match at 2-2.
SET 5: The Buckeyes hit .556 for the frame, connecting on 10 of their 18 error-free swings. A Howard-Lallemand-Platfoot rejection gave Ohio State a 10-7 lead. Loyola got within two points but Lallemand and Clark had the final say on a pair of kills to clinch a 15-11 winner.
The Buckeyes and Ramblers will meet again on Sunday at 4 p.m.