Jan. 22, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (5-2) picked up its fourth consecutive sweep, handing the Coker College Cobras (3-1) their first loss of the season. The match lasted just 66 minutes as Ohio State posted winning tallies of 25-11, 25-15, 25-23.
Ten different Buckeyes saw action, including kills leader Christian Franceschi. The Oviedo, Fla., native racked up 11 kills for his first double-digit kill effort as a Buckeye. Franceschi finished off 11 of 18 attempts with three errors for a .444 hitting efficiency. The Buckeye offense, guided by freshman setter Sanil Thomas and his 27 assists, attacked .371 overall with 33 kills. Superb service led to 10 OSU points as well. Matt Pohlman connected on five aces individually, tied for the fifth-highest total in school history. Thomas was also lethal from the service stripe, sniping the Cobras for three aces.
Ohio State’s defensive performance was on par with the offense, holding Coker to a .053 team hitting percentage. The Buckeyes totaled 10 blocks, nine of which Matt Dorn was involved with. The only rejection Dorn didn’t have a hand in was Blake Leeson’s solo stuff. Pohlman added five digs and five block assists to his all-around stat line.
The Buckeyes `reached the endzone’ immediately to open the match, going up 6-0 right away. Coker countered by snagging four of the next six tallies and cutting the deficit to 8-4. Ohio State then responded by stringing together another long run. The Buckeyes captured nine straight to pull ahead 17-4 before coasting to a 25-11 triumph.
Set number two was the `Matt Dorn Show.’ He crammed the stat sheet with a half dozen blocks and terminated each of his three attack attempts. All six of Dorn’s rejections came during a 12-point scoring streak which flipped a 9-6 deficit into an 18-9 edge for the Scarlet & Gray. Ohio State tacked on one more tally to the final margin, wrapping up the set at 25-15.
Franceschi really came alive in the final frame, dropping in five kills on six swings. His final put-away of the night was the last nail, giving Ohio State point number 25 in a tight 25-23 clincher.
Saturday’s originally-scheduled match versus Pfeiffer University (3-0) has been postponed to February 26 due to travel concerns for the Falcons. Ohio State’s next match marks the start of conference play. The Buckeyes travel west to Quincy (Jan. 29) and Lindenwood (Jan. 30) next weekend.