March 12, 2022

St. Francis Rallies to Upset No. 13 Buckeyes, 3-1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 13 Ohio State (9-8, 3-3) started strong, winning the first set 25-17, but the St. Francis Red Flash (11-6) responded with wins over the final three sets (25-20, 28-26, 25-22) to secure the home win, 3-1, Saturday at DeGol Arena in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Three Buckeyes finished with 15 or more kills in the loss. Jacob Pasteur led with 17 followed by 15 each from Martin Lallemand and Samuel Clark. Noah Platfoot had 45 assists to pace the Buckeyes. Parker Mikesch led with 13 digs. Pasteur and Clark added nine each.

Set One: The Buckeyes scored first on a kill by Samuel Clark and built a quick 7-3 lead. St. Francis cut it to 8-6 Ohio State but the Buckeyes maintained a two-point advantage with neither team posting back-to-back points until Ohio State went ahead 14-10 on a kill by Martin Lallemand and an SFU error. The Red Flash called timeout down four and the Buckeyes hitting .600 midway through the set. Ohio State went up 18-11 on kills by Clark and Pasteur around two Red Flash attack errors leading to SFU’s second timeout of the set. Two kills by Pasteur and another by Clark put Ohio State up 21-12. The Buckeyes then scored four of the next nine points to win the set 25-17. Ohio State hit .500 while the Red Flash hit .241. Clark led with five kills while Pasteur added four.

Set Two: The Red Flash took an early 4-2 lead and then went up 8-5. The Buckeyes responded to tie the set at 9-all after scoring four-of-five points. Ohio State took its first lead, 12-11, on an SFU service error. The Red Flash went back on top 15-12 on three Ohio State errors and a St. Francis kill. The Buckeyes called timeout. After a 9-2 run, the Red Flash grew its advantage to 20-14 leading to Ohio State’s second timeout. The Red Flash then evened the match at one game apiece scoring five of the final 11 points to win 25-20. SFU outhit the Buckeyes .381 to .219 in set two. Clark led Ohio State with nine kills after two sets with Lallemand close with eight.

Set Three: The teams were tied at 4-all early when kills by Clark and Lallemand followed by a Clark ace put Ohio State up 7-4. The Buckeyes improved the lead to 10-6 on a pair of SFU errors. Ohio State built its lead to 15-10 on back-to-back Clark kills. SFU cut into the Ohio State lead with a 7-4 run to make it 19-17 Buckeyes. Ohio State called timeout after two OSU errors made it 20-19 Buckeyes. After the stoppage, the Red Flash tied the set at 24-all. SFU went up 26-25 but a Pasteur kill tied it at 26-all. The Red Flash then took the set, 28-26 to lead the match, 2-1. SFU hit .382 in the set ahead of Ohio State’s .256. Three Buckeyes reached double-digits in kills with Clark leading with 14 followed by Lallemand (12) and Pasteur (11).

Set Four: Ohio State quelled a bit of the momentum the Red Flash used to close out the third by taking a 6-2 lead to start the fourth after a 5-0 run. St. Francis stayed within striking distance before evening the match at 11-all. A quick 3-1 run ending with a Cole Young kill put Ohio State in the lead, 15-13, leading to a SFU timeout. St. Francis then tied the set at 16-all and took the lead on a 4-0 run, 17-16. The Buckeyes called timeout but SFU maintained its lead before Ohio State took the lead 20-19 on a Lallemand ace. An SFU kill tied the set at 21-all. The Buckeyes then called their final timeout of the set after an SFU ace put the Red Flash up 22-21. St. Francis scored three of the next four points to win the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-1.

Up Next

The Buckeyes remain in Pennsylvania for a rematch with No. 3 Penn State Sunday at Rec Hall in University Park. The Nittany Lions won 3-0 in Columbus last week.

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