- #1 Ohio State def. #7 Stanford 3-0 (30-28, 25-14, 25-18)
- LBSU moves to 11-0 (0-0 MIVA); Fort Wayne falls to 4-9 (1-1 MIVA)
- Gate Sports Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Attendance: 873
- Match Stats
This Saturday the Ohio State men extended their school-record winning streak to 34 consecutive wins after taking down both Ball State on Thursday, and backing that up with a win against Fort Wayne on Saturday.
Ohio State swept Fort Wayne 3-0 in three straight sets to claim the win. The Buckeyes won the first set 25-17 before continuing their dominance with a 25-13 victory in the second set. Fort Wayne made a charge on the third and final set, but couldn’t top the number once team as they trudged on to a 25-21 set victory to secure the 3-0 win.
The Buckeyes had a .523 hit percentage during the game, and forced Fort Wayne to a -0.31 hitting clip. Going into the game, Fort Wayne was on a four-match winning streak, however the Buckeye’s decisive victory snapped that.
Ohio State will be back in action on February 15th against another top-15 team, Loyola, in Columbus, Ohio. Going into that game they will have surpassed going an entire year without being defeated.
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The No. 1 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (11-0) stormed into Fort Wayne and swept past the Mastodons (4-9) in quick fashion: 25-17, 25-13, 25-21. The Buckeyes‘ 34th straight win overall snapped a four-match winning streak for Fort Wayne. Ohio State attacked .523 while drowning the Mastodons to a negative-.031 hitting clip.
• Ohio State is riding a 34-match winning streak, the longest in school history
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016 (vs. Ball State)
• Ohio State has won 102 of 121 sets (84%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak includes six wins over Top-5 opponents and nearly half (16) against teams ranked inside the Top-12 nationally
• Also included in the run are 16 straight wins in true road games
• Loyola owns 40-match run in 2014-15 while UCLA is believed to own the all-time record of 47 straight
By the time Ohio State takes the court again (Feb. 9), it will be more than 365 days since the last defeat.
The dynamic duo of Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 25 kills while each swinging .575-plus. Middles Driss Guessous and Blake Leeson found much offensive success as well, pairing up to deliver 10 kills at a .642 attacking rate. Reese Devilbiss did a little bit of everything, posting five kills, four blocks, three digs and a pair of aces. Despite playing in just two sets, Matt Dorn paced all players with five rejections.
Set 1: The Johnson & Szerszen tandem terminated 11 of 12 attempts in the opening frame as Ohio State led from start to finish. Fort Wayne burned timeouts trailing 9-3 and later at 18-9. As a team, the Buckeyes crushed 17 kills on 23 error-free spikes for a .739 attacking efficiency — helping to overcome 11 serving blunders in the 25-17 triumph.Set 2: A rotation error by Ohio State handed the Mastodons their only lead of the second stanza at 1-0. From there the Buckeyes rattled off 25 of the next 37 points to take the frame 25-13. Ohio State cut the service error total to four while ripping three aces and connecting on 12 more kills.Set 3: After spotting Fort Wayne a 3-0 edge in the third, Ohio State snagged the subsequent seven points and never looked back in the 25-21 clincher. With the cushion shrunk to a lone tally at 12-11, the Buckeyes responded with a four-point spurt to distance themselves for good.St. John Arena opens its doors to Lewis and Loyola next week in the MIVA home openers. Ohio State hosts the Flyers on Feb. 9 before squaring off against the Ramblers on Feb. 11.
Courtesy of Fort Wayne
The Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team fell to the hot-hitting No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-21) on Saturday at the Gates Sports Center.
The Buckeyes hit .739 and .500 in the first two sets respectively, while not having a single error in the first.
In the third set, the Mastodons jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but that was diminished by a seven-point run.
Pelegrin Vargas led Fort Wayne in kills with six, while five ‘Dons chipped in two digs each.
The Buckeyes improve to 11-0 (2-0 MIVA) for sole possession of first place in the MIVA, while the ‘Dons fall to 4-9 (1-1 MIVA).
Fort Wayne is back in action on Tuesday, as the ‘Dons travel down I-69 for a matchup with No. 12 Ball State in Muncie, Ind. at 7:30 p.m.