#1 Ohio State Dominates against Saint Francis and Remains Undefeated

  0 Kenedy McGrath | January 21st, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MIVA, News

Match Stats

  • #1 Ohio State Buckeyes def.  Saint Francis in a sweep (25-23, 25-18, 25-18)
  • Ohio State remains undefeated (6-0) and Saint Francis moves to 3-3
  • Loretto, PA Degol Arena
  • Attendance: 568
  • Match Stats

Ohio State has been dominant so far this season and on Friday remained undefeated and continued a 29 consecutive winning streak with a 3-0 sweep of St. Francis (PA). The Buckeyes have won 87 out of 105 sets during this winning stretch. Saint Francis goes into their next match with a 3-3 record.

Buckeye Miles Johnson lead the team with 11 kills and 4 block assists while Blake Leeson contributed 8 out of the total 11 blocks for the Buckeyes. Maxime Hervoir was a total offensive weapon with 8 kills on 12 errorless attempts with .667 hitting percentage.

The Saint Francis Red Flash had a .154 hitting percentage during the match and Jeff Hogan lead the team with 13 kills. Setter Daniel Ford totaled 28 assists and libero Gabe Woffindin had 7 total digs.

The Buckeyes will play again on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 against #15 Penn State at the St. John Arena at 7 p.m.

Press Releases

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

LORETTO, Pa. – The train continued to chug along Friday night as the top-ranked Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (6-0) notched a 25-23, 25-18, 25-18 triumph at Saint Francis University (3-3), extending the OSU winning streak to 29 straight victories. The Buckeyes recorded their 30th win in 31 all-time meetings with the Red Flash.

• Ohio State extends its current winning streak to 29 consecutive matches
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016
• Ohio State has won 87 of 105 sets (83%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak includes five wins over Top-5 opponents and nearly half (14) against teams ranked teams inside the Top-12 nationally
• Also included in the run are 14 straight wins in true road games
• Longest winning streak in Ohio State history is 32 matches (24-0 in 1969 and the first eight contests of 1970)
• Loyola owns a 40-match run in 2014-15 while UCLA is believed to have the all-time record of 47 straight (1983-85)

Miles Johnson paced the squad with 13 points (11 kills, four block assists) while Maxime Hervoir proved to be the Buckeyes most effective offensive weapon by blasting eight kills on a dozen errorless attempts for a .667 hitting percentage. Blake Leeson was pivotal in the OSU win as well, getting in on eight of 11 Buckeye blocks helping to limit the Red Flash to a .154 attacking efficiency. Gabriel Domecus also played a large role in the defensive dominance, averaging four digs per set.

Set 1: Back-and-forth it went in the opening stage, resulting in 15 tied scores and a knotted tally as late as 22-all when head coach Pete Hanson burned a timeout. From there, Leeson registered a kill and paired with Hervoir for a block to make it 24-22. After a Saint Francis kill, Nicolas Szerszen terminated to close the door, 25-23.

Set 2: The victory remained in balance at 18-15 when Ohio State snagged six straight to earn set-point at 24-15. Saint Francis captured the next three rallies before a Lesson kill put an end to the comeback at 25-18.

Set 3 Ohio State started to pile it on in the third, breaking up a 7-7 stalemate with six points in a row to build 13-7 unrelinquishable upper hand. The Buckeyes swung .560 for the frame, bouncing 15 kills on 25 attempts with a lone attacking blunder. Domecus flanked the offensive explosion with a half dozen digs to lead the defensive effort as OSU notched another 25-18 ledger.

Courtesy St. Francis Athletics:

Flash Points:

  • SFU was led by Jeff Hogan (Northern Cambria, Pa./Northern Cambria)’s 13 kills and three total blocks.
    Daniel Ford (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) recorded 28 assists while Gabe Woffindin (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) contributed with seven digs.
  • Saint Francis hosts No.8 Lewis tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

LORETTO, Pa. – The Saint Francis men’s volleyball team hung with No.1 Ohio State in their home opener on Friday night at DeGol Arena, but the Buckeyes prevailed, 3-0. The Flash fell, 25-23, 25-18 and 25-18.

With the loss Saint Francis falls to 3-3 on the season, while Ohio State improves to 6-0.

Jeff Hogan (Northern Cambria, Pa./Northern Cambria) led the Flash with 13 kills and hit .226 in the match. Daniel Ford (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) dished out 28 assists, while Gabe Woffindin (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) chipped in with seven digs. Miles Johnson paced Ohio State with 11 kills.

After a back-and-fourth opening set, the Red Flash rattled off three unanswered points to take a 8-5 lead. Saint Francis would extend its lead to 12-9 after an Ohio State service error, but the Red Flash lead was short lived as the Buckeyes went on a 3-0 run to tie the set at 12-12. The rest of the set would remain close but OSU closed out the set on a 3-1 run to win 25-23. Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) paced Saint Francis with four kills. The Red Flash held the Buckeyes to a .185 clip in the set.

The Buckeyes would use a 5-0 run to break a 5-5 tie to take a 10-5 lead in the second set. A Braswell kill would pull SFU within three at 13-10. Ohio State would extend its lead to 21-15 and would cruise to a 25-18 win.

Saint Francis would jump out to a 7-6 lead in the third set, but the Buckeyes answered with a 7-0 run to take a commanding 13-7 lead. A Hogan kill would cut the Ohio State deficit to four at 20-16, but OSU kept the pressure on and would take the set 25-18.

Saint Francis returns to action tomorrow night at DeGol Arena when the Red Flash takes on the Lewis Flyers at 7 p.m. Tomorrow’s match will be broadcasted on NEC Front Row.

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Kenedy McGrath

Started writing for volleymob in December 2016 Graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Multimedia Communications on a full-ride volleyball scholarship as a libero. Originally from Hermosa Beach, California Kenedy started to play indoor and beach volleyball at 9 years-old. She first began as a setter and then realized being only 5'5 …

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