Feb. 22, 2018
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. —The No. 4 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (11-3, 4-1 MIVA) tasted defeat in a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association for the first time in 747 days, coming out on the wrong end of a 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 ledger of a Top-10 battle at No. 9 Lewis University (10-4, 4-1 MIVA). The Buckeyes had won 38 consecutive MIVA match-ups, dating back to Feb. 6, 2016. Ohio State was also riding an eight-match winning streak overall the past four weeks.
Ohio State attacked .338 as a team, but struggled to slow down the Flyer attack. Lewis swung .373 and recorded three more blocks and four more aces than OSU in securing the upset victory.
SET 1: A Buckeye service error opened the set and Lewis maintained the subsequent lead throughout, stretching the margin to as many as nine points without ever relinquishing the upper hand in a 25-18 winner.
SET 2: Defense was at a premium in the second stanza when Ohio State’s .500 team hitting efficiency was not enough in the 25-22 Flyer triumph. Despite a 17-12 kills advantage, the Buckeyes were unable to overcome Lewis’ .632 attacking percentage. Ohio State shot itself in the foot six times from the service stripe with errors. The Flyers rattled of a five-point run mid-set to transform a slim 15-14 advantage into a 20-14 stronghold. Ultimately, it was Lewis coming out ahead at 25-22.
SET 3: Ohio State raced out to a 7-3 lead, prompting a Flyer timeout. The break in action proved beneficial to the home squad though, quickly followed by a four-point spurt to even the tally at 7-7. Leader status would swap possession multiple times from there, ultimately ending in the hands of Lewis as 25-23 winners.