COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team faced an in-state opponent for the first time in 15 years, hosting first-year program Urbana University. The Buckeyes (2-0) swept past the Blue Knights (0-2) to improve to 61-2 all-time against fellow schools based in Ohio.
The Scarlet & Gray garnered a +25 combined point total (25-20, 25-11, 25-19) fueled by its .391 team hitting percentage. Ohio State bounced 36 kills on 69 attempts while limiting the damage to only nine errors. The Buckeyes excelled defensively as well, out-digging Urbana 30-21 and posting six blocks while being stuffed just one.
After five different Buckeyes registered eight or more kills during Saturday’s season opener, two more joined that group in Match #2. In addition to Samuel Clark and Martin Lallemand (nine kills for each) doing so for the second straight contest, Tyler Alter and Matt Tompkins blasted eight and nine kills, respectively, in their first starting nods of the season. All four attacked .400 or better, paced by Clark and Lallemand’s matching offensive lines of 9-2-14 for a .500 hitting efficiency.
Lallemand added two service snipes for a match-high 12 points. Sophomore Luke Lentin handled the setting duties, dishing out 31 assists.
Tyler Alter led the team in both digs (8) and blocks (3).
SETS 1 & 2
A 3-3 tie six points into the match was the only time Ohio State did not lead during the entire first two periods. The Buckeyes suffocated Urbana to sub-.100 hitting percentages in each frame while adding up 23 kills on the offensive side.
The Blue Knights found a groove in the third and led midway through at 14-13. At 16-all, Lallemand pushed OSU ahead for good with a kill to make it 17-16 followed by a quick stint at the service line which resulted in a 19-16 edge. Tompkins applied the finishing touches, responsible for each of the last three points (two kills and an ace).
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