March 31, 2018

No. 9 Ohio State Takes Top-10 Showdown Over No. 10 Lewis


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (19-4, 10-2 MIVA) continued to chug along at feverish pace, corralling an eighth win in a row overall and second straight versus a Top-10 opponent this week by topping No. 10 Lewis (16-10, 7-5 MIVA). The Buckeyes have dropped just six sets during current eight-match winning streak. sweeping (25-18, 25-18, 25-19) in the most recent outing.

Immense carnage was inflicted from the service stripe with Ohio State racking up 10 aces while limiting the service missteps to only 13 errors. Points were aplenty in system as well, out-killing the Flyers 44-30. The Buckeyes attacked .417 as a team and posted a side-out percentage of 71 percent.

The nation’s leader in assists per set average, Sanil Thomas, increased his season rate by dishing out 37 on the night (more than 12 per set average). While only one Lewis player mustered more than six kills, Thomas relied on a three-headed monster of Jake Hanes (12 kills, .409 attack percent), Maxime Hervoir (13 kills; .434 attack percent) and Nicolas Szerszen (12 kills; .400 attack percent). Thomas did more than setting though, pacing the squad in digs (8) and aces (3), too. Hanes also connected on three aces to go along with his dozen kills and two block assists for a team-leading total of 16 points.

SET 1: Ohio State led from start to finish in the opening set. Thomas began and ended the frame at the service stripe delivering constant pressure on the Flyer serve-receive. Szerszen also could be found in the beginning and end, posting the set’s first and last kills in a 25-18 winner.

SET 2: Trailing 9-8 midway through set number two, the Buckeyes rattled off 11 of the next 14 points to go ahead for good at 19-11. Hervoir terminated three kills during the set-turning run, vaulting Ohio State to another 25-18 final score.

SET 3: Lewis kept it close for most of Set 3 before a late Scarlet surge put an end to the evening. The Buckeyes raced to an 8-3 sprint to close out the match 25-19.

Ohio State is on the road next to conclude the 2018 regular season. With two victories at Fort Wayne and Ball State (April 6-7), the Buckeyes would secure the MIVA Tournament top seed.