COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team (2-3, 1-0 MIVA) opened conference play with a season-high 11 service aces in its 3-1 upset (27-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-23) of No. 3 Lewis (5-1, 0-1 MIVA) on Friday afternoon inside the Covelli Center.
Jacob Pasteur tallied 20 kills, five digs, three blocks and two aces. Michael Wright handed out a season-high 39 assists with eight digs while Martin Lallemand had eight kills, a career-high five aces, five digs and three rejections. Jack Stevens recorded eight kills, six digs and two blocks. Samuel Clark chipped in five kills, three digs, three blocks and two aces. Austin Gerwig converted on six of his eight swings with one error for a .625 attacking percentage and paired it with five blocks.
SET 1: The teams went point-for-point as the frame featured 19 ties and nine lead changes. With the score locked at 25-all, a bad set by Lewis and a kill from Stevens sealed a 27-25 Buckeye win.
SET 2: It was all Ohio State, which jumped out to a 15-9 advantage. The Flyers called its second timeout as they trailed 20-13 following a Lallemand-Clark rejection at the net. The Buckeyes cruised through the remainder of the set for a 25-16 tally.
SET 3: Lewis doubled up early but Ohio State made up the difference before the teams began to trade points. The Flyers closed the rally on a 6-2 to stay alive, 25-22.
SET 4: The final set was much like the previous with the teams going back and forth. The Buckeyes went ahead 16-13 but the Flyers managed to lock the score at 23-all. Clark’s kills and an attacking error by the visitors wrapped up Ohio State’s victory, 25-23.
The Buckeyes and Flyers will meet again on Saturday at 1 p.m.