COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (9-6, 1-3 MIVA) continues a two-week road stint within the conference slate, venturing to Quincy University (4-11, 1-3 MIVA) and Lindenwood University (9-6, 2-2 MIVA) for Friday (8 p.m. ET) and Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET) evening matches.
HISTORY WITH THE HAWKS
The Buckeyes have won 59 of 61 all-time meetings with Quincy, dropping just 17 sets in total. Ohio State is currently riding a 15-match winning streak dating back to 2012.
HISTORY WITH THE LIONS
After winning the first 12 matches versus Lindenwood from 2013-18, the Buckeyes dropped both contests to the Lions a season ago. Ohio State’s 12-2 edge in the series includes a 7-1 mark in St. Charles, Mo.
CROWDED LEAGUE STANDINGS
All teams in the MIVA have at least one win and one loss in conference play, making for a congested set of standings early on. Just two and a half games separate first from last place.
Outside hitters Reese Devilbiss and Martin Lallemand have posted similar offensive stat lines through the first half of the season. Devilbiss has 153 kills on 360 attempts and a .317 hitting percentage while Lallemand’s 352 attempts have resulted in 162 kills and a .315 hitting percentage.
Ohio State is ranked top-10 nationally in two statistical categories, one offensive and one defensive. The Buckeyes are slotted eighth with 9.55 digs per set while attacking .309 overall, ranking ninth among 45 D I-II teams. Those numbers are good for first and second in the MIVA, respectively.
Individually, three Buckeyes are slotted top-8 among MIVA competitors and top-40 nationally:
Michael Wright | 9.86 assists/set (4th in MIVA; 13th nationally)
Martin Lallemand | 3.94 kills/set (6th; 33rd), 3.24 kills/set (6th; 34th), .315 hitting percentage (8th, 35th)
Reese Devilbiss | .317 hitting percentage (7th; 33rd), 3.19 kills/set (7th; 40th)
FRESHMEN MAKING IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Michael Wright received National Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 3 from Off the Block, the nation’s premier website for coverage of collegiate men’s volleyball. He steered the Ohio State offense to a .396 team hitting percentage with 64 assists during a pair of road sweeps at Saint Francis and Penn State.
Samuel Clark was selected for the same award on Jan. 21 after attacking .769 with 10 kills, eight blocks and five digs in wins over Lincoln Memorial and King.
Four weeks into the 2020 season and Ohio State had corralled three MIVA Defensive Player of the Week awards, earned by three different Buckeyes. Martin Lallemand started the trended during the opening week before Samuel Clark and Tim Baldwin went back-to-back on Jan. 21 and 28.