Feb. 20, 2015
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 12 Ohio State men’s volleyball team stayed hot at No. 9 IPFW, walking into the Gates Sports Center and sweeping the Mastodons (9-4, 3-2 MIVA) in three sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-12). The Buckeyes (11-2, 5-0 MIVA) stretched their current winning streak to eight consecutive matches, this the first away from St. John Arena, however.
Ohio State remains atop the Midwestern Volleyball Intercollegiate Association standings at 5-0, and moves to 11-2 overall. The Buckeyes are back at it again Saturday night with another nationally-ranked and league match-up versus No. 15 Ball State (8-5, 3-3 MIVA).
A pair of Buckeyes doubled up on double-doubles in the Hoosier State. Freshman Nicolas Szerszen tallied his second `dub-dub’ of 2015 with 10 kills and 13 digs while sophomore Christy Blough totaled 34 assists and 10 digs.
Miles Johnson was a force as well, ripping 10 kills at a .391 pace to go along with three aces, four digs and three block assists. His three points from the service line paced the Ohio State nine-ace effort overall. The Buckeye blocking effort was impressive as well, racking up 12 total team blocks. Shawn Herron put forth a team-high four total blocks, but Szerzen notched a trio of solo swats on his own.
The Scarlet & Gray attacked .402 (42-9-82), doubled IPFW in blocks (12 to six) and gathered 14 more digs in a meeting which Ohio State trailed less than five times total on the night.
It was a night of runs for OSU, starting with a seven-point stretch that converted a 9-8 deficit in the opening set to a 15-9 edge for the Buckeyes. The two teams exchanged blows evenly the rest of the way and Ohio State emerged with a 25-18 winning tally.
The Mastodons jumped out to a 4-2 advantage in set number two before witnessing another OSU push which proved to be insurmountable. Ohio State tallied 12 kills, 13 digs, four aces and four blocks en route to a 25-22 triumph.
The Buckeyes then took a solid grip on the match, swiping away IPFW in a quick 25-12 third frame. Ohio State trailed 1-0, but that was it. Johnson and Szerszen each drilled five kills and the squad hit .556 with 17 kills. Ohio State’s defense circled a complete team effort as well, putting forth 13 digs and five blocks to drive the Mastodon offense into the red (.-038 attack efficiency