Feb. 11, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team defeated Penn State in three sets (26-24, 25-22, 25-23), marking the 1,000th win in program history. The victory also represented the 500th Buckeye triumph inside St. John Arena all-time. Ohio State improves to 9-2 overall and is riding a six-match winning streak which includes sweeps in the last three contests.
The Buckeyes join UCLA and Ball State as the only three members of the 1,000-win club in NCAA men’s volleyball history.
The milestone win did not come easy, however, as OSU outscored the Nittany Lions (3-7) by a combined seven points in a tightly-contested affair. The largest lead by either team all evening was just three points. Further telling is the fact that neither squad was able to wrangle a three-point edge until the 18-15 mark in set one, 20-17 in set two and 22-19 in the third frame. In total, there were 17 lead changes and 46 tied scores in the match.
Freshman Nicolas Szerszen notched a double-double by the time intermission came, racking up 11 kills and 10 digs in the first two sets alone. He would go on to finish with 16 kills, 11 digs and three blocks on the night. Miles Johnson fired away from the opposite pin, drilling 13 kills and digging eight balls. Gabriel Domecus roamed the defensive backcourt as well, picking up seven digs. Dustan Neary was a key cog, too, terminating four of six errorless attacks to go along with a team-high four blocks (1s, 3a).
In addition to averaging a whopping 12 digs per set as a team, the Buckeyes also successfully handled all Penn State serves with zero reception errors. s Szerszen put an end to the opening round, breaking up a 24-24 stalemate via a kill and paired blocked with Neary to close it out 26-24. Szerszen would eventually hammer the final nails of sets two and three as well, killing the 25th point in each.
Ohio State wraps up its seven-match homestand on Sunday (Feb. 15), playing host to Saint Francis at 4 p.m. ET.