Buckeyes Take Conference Lead with Win Over Loyola
Feb. 11, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 1 Ohio State University men's volleyball team secured sole possession of first place in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) standings at the quarter mark of the season, moving to 4-0 in MIVA play and 13-0 overall with a straight sets (25-22, 15-18, 25-19) triumph over No. 10 Loyola (7-4, 3-1 MIVA).

The Buckeyes attacked .412 as a team, led by the dynamic duo of Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen. Johnson racked up 18 kills on 27 swings with a lone error (.630) while Szerszen connected on 13 kills at a .391 attacking rate.

Szerszen added a team-high 11 digs for the double-double and Driss Guessous handled the defensive load up front with his five blocks (two solo).

STREAK SNIPPETS
• Ohio State is riding a 36-match winning streak
• Marks the longest winning streak in OSU Athletics history for teams competing in head-to-head competition
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016
• Ohio State has won 108 of 128 sets (84%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak includes six wins over Top-5 opponents and half (18) against teams ranked inside the Top-12
• Also included in the streak are 16 straight wins in true road matches
• Loyola owns 40-match run in 2014-15 while UCLA is believed to own the all-time record of 47 straight (1983-85)

Set 1: Johnson made it blatantly clear right away that he was a force to be reckon with Saturday night, opening the match with a kill on the very first point. He would close out the first set as well with a termination, his seventh of the set on 10 errorless attempts. Christy Blough dished out 16 assists as the Buckeyes attacked .469 with 18 kills in a 25-22 winner.

Set 2: Johnson continued to pile it on in set number two, bouncing five of his six attempts. Ohio State's blocking effort was the top story, however, stuffing the Ramblers five times. Despite racing out a 3-0 edge, Loyola couldn't muster a formidable threat by mid-set watching an 11-11 score quickly move in favor of the Buckeyes 20-14. Ohio State tacked on another tally to its advantage by set's end, entering intermission with a 25-18 win in -hand.

Set 3: Ohio State continued to defend the Ramblers well in third, digging a dozen balls (seven by Szerszen) to limit Loyola at a .207 hitting efficiency. And Johnson provided another half dozen kills as the Buckeyes slammed the door shut, 25-19. Ohio State ended the evening on a 13-6 run.

The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena next week for two more MIVA matches on Thursday (Feb. 17) and Sunday (Feb. 19).