- #2 Ohio State def. Fort Wayne 3-0, (25-11, 25-11, 25-16)
- Ohio State improves to 22-1, 11-0 MIVA
- Fort Wayne falls to 5-18, 2-9 MIVA
- Hosted by Ohio State
- Match results
#2 Ohio State came out to prove how great they are to dominate over Fort Wayne in three sets, outscoring the Mastodons 75-38. The Buckeyes have now won their 26th consecutive conference match-up.
The Buckeyes took advantage of 13 Fort Wayne errors in the first set to clinch the first 25-11. In the second set Ohio State jumped to a quick 9-1 lead, picking up 15 digs and ran off five Ryan Genn kills to take the second 25-11.
In the final set the Mastodons didn’t give up completely, taking a 5-3 lead early and later leading 11-9. The Buckeyes turned it around to go on a 16-5 run, ending the set and match 25-16.
To led the Buckeyes in the dominate performance was Maxime Hervoir with 11 kills on a .733 hitting percentage, also adding four blocks. Genn produced 10 kills and three service aces. Gabriel Domecus picked up seven digs in the back row.
For Fort Wayne, Colton Stone put down six kills, while Nick Smalter picked up seven digs.
Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics
With a group of service dogs in attendance to celebrate National Puppy Day, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (22-1, 11-0 MIVA) sprinted past Fort Wayne (5-18, 2-9 MIVA) in straight sets spanning just 70 minutes (25-11, 25-11, 25-16). The defending national champions proved their bite is, indeed, as big as their bark in outscoring the Mastodons by an overall tally of 75-38.
Fans in attendance received a treat in the form of Ohio State’s 26th straight victory over conference opponents. The Buckeyes are fetching their conference-best 26th regular season MIVA championship, lowering the `magic number’ to four with the triumph over Fort Wayne.
Maxime Hervoir was Ohio State’s top dog, leading the pack with 11 kills on 15 errorless attempts (.733) and four blocks (two solo). Ryan Genn served as Hervoir’s best friend, delivering 10 kills, three aces and a block assist to rank second in the match with 13.5 points. Gabriel Domecus received positive reinforcement for digging, pacing all players with seven digs.
A litter of 12 different Buckeyes saw action as head coach Pete Hanson was able to give a paw-full of starters a light workload. Ohio State excelled from the service stripe, connecting on 10 aces while committing only nine service errors. Genn and Reese Devilbiss each blasted three aces individually.
Set 1: Despite the Buckeyes having six accidents on five serving errors and an attacking blunder, they walked to a 25-11 opening set winner. Ohio State terminated eight of 13 swings and benefited from 13 Mastodon errors.
Set 2: Ohio State continued to pounce in the second stanza, bursting out to 6-0 and 9-1 advantages forcing Fort Wayne to burn both timeouts in a hurry. The Buckeyes dug 15 balls as a team and rode the hot hand of Genn’s five kills in another lopsided 25-11 final ledger.
Set 3: The Mastodons did not roll over and play dead in the third set, however, earning a quick 5-3 edge following intermission. Trailing 11-9, Ohio State turned it out around and neutered the Fort Wayne comeback attempt with a 16-5 run to clinch the match, 25-16. Hervoir was masterful in the final frame, bouncing all six swings for kills, posting three stuffs and ripping an ace to ensure the title of “Best in Show” for the Scarlet & Gray Thursday night.
St. John Arena opens its doors once again Saturday (March 25) evening for a 7 p.m. ET scuffle against No. 11 Ball State. Free admission. Free parking. Free fun!
Courtesy of Fort Wayne Athletics
The Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team fell in straight sets (25-11, 25-11, 25-16) to the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday (March 23) in St. John Arena.
The Mastodons trailed 9-6 early, and OSU only extended its lead from there. The Buckeyes went on an 11-3 run to finish the set.
The Buckeyes came out on fire in the second set, scoring 11 of the first 12 points. The ‘Dons rattled off four straight behind two kills from Colton Stone. OSU went on a 14-6 run to finish the set.
The ‘Dons entered after the break with a quick 6-4 start. Jaysen Zaleski had his first kill of the season to push the score to 12-11, and notched another to tie it up at 13. Zaleski had two kills on his two attempts. Kyle Fitzgerald also pitched in two kills on three attempts in the third set.
Stone led the ‘Dons in kills with six, and Nick Smalter led in digs with seven. Gabriel Quinones had 12 assists off the bench.
The Mastodons fall to 5-18, 2-9 MIVA. Ohio State improves to 22-1, 11-0 MIVA. Fort Wayne is back in action on Saturday when the ‘Dons face the McKendree Bearcats in Lebanon, Illinois