COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeyes picked up their second win of the season after a hard fought match, defeating Stanford 3-1. Nicolas Szerszen topped the Buckeyes on all sides. With 17 kills, he attacked .438 on 32 attempts. He tied with Aaron Samarin for a team-high five digs. At the net, Szerszen and Blake Leeson totaled three blocks each. As a team, Ohio State attacked .352 over Stanford's .298.
SET 1: Ohio State started off the night in familiar fashion with a 25-18 win in the first set. The Buckeyes kept the lead after Szerszen's first kill of the night, making the score 5-4. He scored the next two points for the Buckeyes and recorded three of his five kills for the set on that scoring run. Reese Devilbiss added three kills on three attempts to add to the team's lead. Maxime Hervoir and Nick Laffin tallied a block for the Bucks.
SET 2: The score was tied 13 times this set, but the Buckeyes were able to take advantage of errors and secure a 25-22 lead. The Ohio State offense dished out a dozen kills which included Leeson going 3-for-3. Devilbiss attacked .667 with two kills and a dig. Szerszen was responsible for a set-high four kills.
SET 3: Stanford edged out the Buckeyes 25-22 to take the third set. Down 23-18, Ohio State pushed back when a Devilbiss kill ignited three straight for Ohio State. The visitors stalled the comeback with a timeout, however, and eventually took the set.
SET 4: The Buckeyes topped Stanford 25-23 to end the match. After Ohio State falling behind to an early 9-5 deficit, Ohio State pulled even at 14-14. The lead went back and forth for the rest of the set. Tied at 18, the Buckeyes were able to capitalize off Stanford service errors, and an ace by Szerszen pushed OSU ahead 20-18. Ohio State went on to finish the set victorious. Jake Hanes entered the match in the fourth set, going a perfect 4-for-4 on the attack while racking up a set-high three digs.
St. John Arena reopens Saturday night for a marquee match-up with No. 6 BYU at 7 p.m. It will represent a rematch of each of the last two NCAA Finals between Ohio State and the Cougars.
My Gameday - Nicolas Szerszen