- #8 Ohio State def. #9 Lewis, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-19)
- OSU improves to 19-4, 10-2 MIVA; Lewis falls to 16-10, 7-5 MIVA
- Columbus, Ohio
- Attendance: 1088
- Box score
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In what can only be described as a revenge match for the Buckeyes, #8 Ohio State avenged an earlier straight-sets loss in Romeoville, Illinois to sweep #9 Lewis in St. John Arena in Columbus Saturday night (25-18, 25-18, 25-19). Coupled with Loyola’s four set win over McKendree, the Buckeyes are tied atop the MIVA standings going into the last weekend of the regular season. With the win, Ohio State has also earned the right to host their first match in the MIVA tournament. If the season ended today, Ohio State would host Quincy.
Ohio State had a balanced attack from their Big Three, led by Maxime Hervoir with 13 kills on .435 hitting. Hervoir also contributed 4 digs and an ace. Jake Hanes pounded 12 kills on .409 hitting while adding a match-high 3 aces. He also had 4 digs and 2 blocks. Nicolas Szerszen rounded out the Buckeye double-digit kill performers, also putting away 12 balls on .400 hitting. He also had 6 digs, a block and an ace. Setter Sanil Thomas ran the offense to one of the best marks all season (.417) by dishing out 37 assists. Thomas also added a match-high of 3 aces, a team-high of 8 digs and a block. Middle blocker Blake Leeson finished with a match-high of 3 blocks.
For Lewis, Ryan Coenen finished with 11 kills on .333 hitting. He also had 4 digs and 2 blocks. Setter Matt Yoshimoto found it difficult to find any other terminators on the night; no other Flyer had more than 6 kills, and the Flyers only broke double-digits in kills in set 2. Yoshimoto’s effort, though did produce 23 assists, 3 digs, a block and an ace. Libero Michael Simmons dug a match-high 10 balls in the losing effort. TJ Murray blocked a match-high 3 balls. In all, Lewis was done in in serve receive. The Buckeyes crushed 10 aces, including 5 in the deciding set.
Courtesy of Lewis Athletics
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The 10th ranked Lewis Flyer men’s volleyball team dropped its second straight match falling to ninth ranked Ohio State in straight sets on Saturday evening in Columbus, Ohio. The Flyers (16-10, 7-5 MIVA) struggled to get their offense going hitting just .260 in the match and had 30 kills.
The Buckeyes (19-4, 7-5 MIVA) opened the match on a 5-1 run and never trailed in taking the opening set 25-18. Lewis closed the deficit to three on a couple of occasions but were unable to get any closer. Ohio State hit .444 in the opening set while holding the Flyers to a .217 attack percentage. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) led Lewis with five kills in the frame.
The second stanza saw eight ties and two lead changes before the Buckeyes took control with a 10-2 run to build its largest lead of the set at 19-11 after a service ace from Jake Hanes. The Flyers got as close as six late in the set but were unable to get any closer as Nicolas Szerszen ended the set with his eighth kill of the match. Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) led Lewis with five kills in the frame.
The final set was tied at 14 midway through when Ohio State began to make its run scoring seven of the next nine points to build a five-point advantage after a double block by Hanes and Blake Leeson. TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington)brought the Flyers back to within 21-18 with back-to-back kills but the Buckeyes ended the match on a 4-1 run to complete the sweep 25-19. Murray had four kills in the stanza for Lewis.
Coenen was the lone Flyer to finish in double figures with 11 kills while Perinar and Murray added six kills apiece. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo)dished out 23 assists while Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) added 10 digs.
Ohio State had three players finish in double figures in kills led by Maxime Hervoir with 13 while Szerszen and Hanes had 12 kills each. Sanil Thomas handed out 37 assists and added eight digs.