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.
The Buckeyes play again Tuesday (Jan. 24) night, hosting No. 15 Penn State in a B1G battle at 7 p.m. ET inside St. John Arena.