Since we last talked the OSU Men’s Volleyball squad has added 2 wins to their now 23-1 record, currently sitting at second in the nation. (Though Long Beach State, #1, lost to # 3 BYU on the 24th – now giving them 3 losses – hmmmm! We shall see how the voters vote on that!). Anyway, since losing to the 5th ranked UC-Irvine on March 11th, 3-0, in Columbus, the Buckeyes have reverted to the powerhouse they are. They have won four matches, collecting a 12 to 2 set advantage. And, as of tonight (March 25th) they defeated #11 Ball State in commanding fashion 3-0.
The Buckeyes now, as I mentioned, 23-1, are also 12-0 in MIVA action. They drop-kicked the 11th ranked visitors, Ball State (15-8, 6-6 MIVA) in a 76-minute pounce (25-16, 25-15, 25-19). The Buckeyes attacked .461 as a team, hitting nothing less than .423 in any of the three sets while holding the Cardinals to a poor .159 attacking percentage.
The Ohio State University was on the brink of doubling Ball State in kills (42-to-23) and digs (31-to-16), and posted a 6-0 edge in blocks. Ball State entered the week ranked fourth in the nation with 2.55 blocks per set, but failed to record a single ‘cram’ against the Buckeyes. Maxime Hervoir and Nicolas Szerszen each individually matched the Cardinals’ three total team aces, giving Ohio State six by the battle’s end.
Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 24 kills, more than the entire Ball State team (23). Both Buckeyes attacked .500 on the path to their 12 kills apiece. Hervoir tacked on nine kills and picked up a match-high 10 digs.
Ohio State has now won an ‘impressive’ 27 straight matches against fellow MIVA opponents and at 12-0 this season, the Buckeyes’ magic number for the 2017 regular season conference crown is down to `3.’ For the week, the Buckeyes have outscored league foes Fort Wayne and Ball State by a combined tally of 150-88. These two specific wins for the Scarlet and Gray only accounted for 146 minutes.
Up next for the Buckeyes is Penn State. The match will be held in University Park, PA at 7:00 p.m. ET. Unfortunately, it will not be shown on TV. Penn State is currently 13th in the nation.
Look for the Buckeyes to return to #1 in the nation when the polls are released Monday. Unless, of course, by sheer collusion of Satanism and the West Coast sense of entitlement in this sport reigns.