The Ohio State Men’s Volleyball team is soooo good …. 14 different players saw action in the Buckeye’s four-set victory over Quincy University. The number 1 team in the nation, the Buckeyes, improved their record for the season to 14-0, making it 5-0 within conference, and inching their already “awesome” streak up one more – to 37 consecutive games in a row.
In the match Friday against Quincy (3-9, 1-5 MIVA) Nicolas Szerszen struck 16 kills to lead the team while also attacking at a .429 rate. He also nailed four service aces and a pair of block assists to total 21 points. Reese Devilbiss, Driss Guessous and Miles Johnson each posted seven kills while Ryan Genn, Maxime Hervoir and Blake Leeson were responsible for five kills each. Devilbiss and Guessous recorded identical attacking lines of seven kills-one error-nine attempts for .667 hitting percentages. Genn and Leeson logged in with matching offensive numbers also, each player had five kills on seven swings with a lone error (.571).
Set 1: Ohio State tore down the Hawks ability on offensive and defensive rapidly – looting their hope with four service aces (three by Szerszen) to build a 10-1 lead before the crowd was even set5tled and paying attention. The Buckeye’s lead though began to disperse – but, yet, not lessening beyond the eight-point stretch. They finally wrapped up the first with Ryan Genn kill, making it 25-14.
Set 2: Reserves were given an opportunity here in the second set, seeing extended action. This was a “nicely” contested set with seven lead changes and 18 tied scores. The final stalemate came at 20-20 before Quincy manages five of the next seven points to even the match, one set apiece, at the break.
Set 3: This woke the Buckeyes’ and their lion spirit up. OSU gathered their dominant-talents, pulling it in line, as champions do, and strode to a .611 attacking efficiency here in the third frame. The Buckeyes linked 13 kills and a pair of aces, never trailing in a 25-15 commanding notch.
Set 4: Gabriel Domecus single-handedly out-dug the Hawks, picking up four digs compared to just three from Quincy. Domecus’ defensive labors were overshadowed by four blocks for the QU defense. This would be another close frame. With the score even at seven each, Quincy would have back-to-back errors – which literally handed the Buckeye’s an edge that they would simply not surrender. OSU ended the night for Quincy in a close one – 25-20.
The Ohio State University Men’s Volleyball – National defending Champs – put the streak back on the line tomorrow, Sunday (Feb. 19) for another conference clash, taking on the Lindenwood Lions at 4 p.m. in Columbus, which can be seen on BTN Plus.
Lindenwood is currently 0-11.
See you there! Go Buckeyes.