UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (7-1) came out on the wrong end of a final result for the first time in eight matches under the guidance of head coach Kevin Burch. Sixth-ranked UCLA (4-2) handed the Buckeyes a 25-16, 24-26, 25-16, 25-17 loss on a neutral floor.
The Buckeyes received a shot in the arm from freshman transfer Tim Baldwin as he knocked home a dozen kills at a .500 attacking rate (12-2-20). The California native also paced the squad with nine digs and three block assists.
Samuel Clark, Reese Devilbiss and Martin Lallemand each contributed eight or more kills The Buckeyes hit a solid .271 as a team, but struggled to slow down a Bruin offensive attack which registered a .489 attacking efficiency.
In the victorious second set, Ohio State climbed out of an 18-13 hole. The Buckeyes snagged 13 of the next 19 rallies to pull off the come-from-behind 26-24 winner. Facing set-point down 24-23, Ohio State rattled off three straight and evened the match at 1-1 heading into intermission.
Ohio State returns to Pennsylvania next weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) for the first true road contests. The Buckeyes face Saint Francis in Loretto before coming back to Rec Hall for a B1G scuffle with the Nittany Lions of Penn State.