The Nation’s # 1 team, The Ohio State University men’s volleyball team will be journeying out of the conference tomorrow at St. John’s Arena as they meet up with Saint Francis of PA of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA). The Buckeyes and Red Flash are set to battle Friday night (March 3) at 7 p.m. ET.
The Buckeyes is on a 40-match winning streak, tied with the 2014-15 Loyola Ramblers for longest in MIVA history. So, clearly a victory tomorrow against Saint Francis University, would set the record at 41. The last time the Buckeyes lost was back on February 6, 2016 against Ball State in Columbus.
Against the Red Flash The Ohio State University Men’s team have doused Saint Francis in 30 of 31 previous meetings dating back to 1993. This series domination includes a 3-0 sweep earlier this season in Loretto, Pa., back on Jan. 20. Ohio State has won all 18 matches inside St. John Arena and the last 11 in a row overall after the lone defeat back in 2010.
Certainly, a note that has been ignored in this march of greatness for this team is Pete Hanson, the Buckeyes Head Coach forever (three decades and counting) will soon be coaching his 1,000-career match. In 995 of these matches, Hanson possesses an overall winning percentage of .665 (662-333) which includes a 288-90 (.762) ledger in MIVA play. The four-time National Coach of the Year has guided OSU to a pair of NCAA titles, 25 MIVA regular season championships, 15 MIVA Tournament trophies while mentoring 45 All-Americans since taking over the helm in 1985.
The Buckeyes is now the only unbeaten team in the nation. Back on January 28th, Penn State, handed Coker State, also undefeated their first loss of the season. undefeated were handed their first loss of the season.
Ohio State is 17-0 on the year, and the best in the land, but unbeknownst to a flock of folks, they, too are highly numbered in nearly every statistical category. The Buckeyes rank second nationally in kills (13.72/set), aces (1.78/set), hitting percentage (.375) and assists (12.63/set). Ohio State ranks within the top-10 in the country with 2.45 blocks/set (5th) and an opponent hitting percentage of .204 (7th).
On the individual front, three Buckeyes rank second in an NCAA statistical category: Christy Blough (11.20 assists/set), Miles Johnson (5.07 points/set) and Nicolas Szerszen (.70 aces/set). Johnson’s 4.21 kills/set (5th) and .40 aces/set (12th), along with Szerszen’s 4.90 points/set (6th) and 3.97 kills/set (9th), are also slotted among the best in the country.
Within this 40-game stretch the Buckeyes have won 120 out of 145 sets. Talk of dominance!
Miles Johnson surpassed Buckeye great Steve Potter (1992-95) with his 124th career service ace on Jan. 28 vs. Long Beach State, becoming the Buckeyes all-time career leader for aces. Johnson’s name on the record books lasted an amazing 37 minutes as Nicolas Szerszen also tallied his 124th ace to pull even atop the list later in that same match. Szerszen is now a few steps ahead at 145 aces while Johnson remains in the hunt with 134 aces.
These two wondrous athletes certainly are not the lone force for the Buckeye’s. Christy Blough, Gabriel Domecus and Driss Guessous are all climbing up in the school rankings as well
This is absolutely a grand time for The Ohio State University and its sports program. This team, the Men’s Volleyball, is dominant. They look to be on the verge of greatness. Do not be surprised if a celebration for a National Repeat occurs, while a commanding win streak is set in stone. I am quite optimistic. I will be watching on Buckeye Vision – online television. Sign-up and let us watch history happen.
See you there. Go Buckeyes.