COLUMBUS, Ohio – After having last week off, the No. 14-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team is back in action on Thursday when Ball State comes to town. First serve is set for 6 p.m. in the Covelli Center.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes (5-6, 4-3 MIVA) last took the court on Feb. 27 when they earned a five-set win at Ball State, handing the Cardinals their first home and conference losses of the season. Martin Lallemand led all scorers with a career-high 21 kills while Noah Platfoot handed out a career-best 56 assists. Sotiris Siapanis had 18 kills, a personal best, and Jacob Pasteur joined him in double figures with 14 kills.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Ball State (7-4, 4-3 MIVA) is looking to snap a three-match skid after falling to Lewis twice last weekend. Kaleb Jenness paces the Cardinals’ offense with 3.85 kills per set, which ranks 15th in the country. Quinn Isaacson averages 10.54 assists to check in at No. 5 nationally. As a team, Ball State is third in assists (12.22) and kills (13.43) per set. Ohio State leads the all-time series with Ball State, 100-86.
Jacob Pasteur is averaging 4.59 points and 3.77 kills per set, which stands 16th and 18th, respectively, among the nation’s leaders. As a team, the Buckeyes are 11th in aces per set (1.50), 19th in hitting percentage (.253) and 20th in kills (11.93).
Ohio State travels to Purdue Fort Wayne for a two-game series March 19-20.