CHARLES, Mo. –The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team couldn’t slow down the highly-efficient attack of Lindenwood University (5-9, 1-3 MIVA) in a 25-23, 25-19, 25-17 conference win for the Lions. Lindenwood posted a .462 hitting percentage with just seven errors in sending away the visiting Buckeyes (4-9, 0-3 MIVA).
True freshman Jack Stevens paced the Buckeyes with nine kills in his first career start; adding three digs, an ace and a block to his stat line.
Sean Ryan and Blake Leeson combined for 15 kills, highlighted by Leeson’s seven put-aways at a .357 swinging clip (7-2-14). Ohio State totaled nine points from the baseline, led by Luke Lentin’s four aces.
On the other side of the net it was the trio of Phil Swartz, Nick Stevenson and Charley Hlavin exploding for 29 of Lindenwood’s 37 kills. While the Lion offense hummed along nicely, they composed a tough defensive effort, too, with 26 digs and 10 blocks.
SET 1: Ohio State charged back from a 17-11 deficit to pull within a lone tally at 21-20. That one-point hole remained at 24-23 before a Buckeye serving gaffe closed the comeback door, 25-23.
SET 2: An OSU service error once again set the Buckeyes off track in the second. Trailing 20-19, Ohio State handed the Lions a point which ignited a set-ending five-point run. Lindenwood rolled off five straight to carry a 25-19 win into the locker room at intermission.
SET 3: Lindenwood elevated to a new level in the third, terminating 14-of-20 errorless attempts for an outstanding .700 attacking efficiency. The Lions tacked on four blocks for good measure and closed out the evening with a 25-17 clincher.
The Buckeyes are right back at it again Saturday night, traveling to Quincy, Ill, to face the Hawks of Quincy University in another conference clash. First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET.