COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 1 Ohio State University men's volleyball team moved its season record to 19-0 and extended the overall winning streak to 42 consecutive matches by blasting through UC San Diego (5-14) in three short sets. Ohio State out-scored the Tritons by 26 in a contest lasting just 76 minutes (25-17, 25-19, 25-13). The Buckeyes attacked .548 while limiting UCSD to a .094 hitting clip.
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Nicolas Szerszen and Blake Leeson each reached double-digit points, paced by Szerszen's 16.5 points on 15 kills (.571 hitting percentage) and three block assists. Leeson led the way with six stuffs (two solo) to go along with his eight kills on just 10 swings and an ace. Miles Johnson nearly earned admission into the double-digit points club, responsible for 9.5 points on seven kills, three block assists and an ace. Leeson combined with fellow middle Driss Guessous to accumulate 13 kills at a .750 attacking rate.
Ohio State posted an outstanding side-out percentage of 88%, scoring on 45 of 51 service receptions.
Ohio State is riding a 42-match winning streak, the longest in MIVA history
Also 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 (398 days)
Ohio State has won 126 of 152 sets (83%) during the victorious stretch
The streak includes six wins over Top-5 opponents and 18 against teams ranked inside the Top-12
Also included in the streak are 18 straight wins in true road matches (last loss in an opponent's home gym came in '15)
UCLA set the all-time record of 47 straight in both 1979-80 and 1983-85
Set 1: The Buckeyes overcame many self-inflicted wounds in the first set, winning the frame 25-17 despite handing over nine points via service blunders. Ohio State's defensive dominance consumed the Tritons, shoving UCSD into the red at a negative-.062 hitting efficiency. Eleven of the final 15 points went in favor of the Scarlet & Gray.
Set 2: Ohio State kept it coming in set number two, increasing the team hitting efficiency to .560 (17-3-25). The Buckeyes snapped a five-match streak of dropping the second set, pushing past the Tritons, 25-19 to exorcise their second-set demons. UC San Diego closed the gap to a pair at 17-15 before an 8-4 OSU run slammed the door shut.
Set 3: Productivity numbers continued to swell in the third, coming in the form of a .588 team hitting percentage, 92-percent side-out rate and a whopping seven team blocks. Eleven different Buckeyes got in on the third-set action, all coming together to steamroll in a 25-13 clincher.
Saturday night (March 11) brings a marquee match-up in St. John Arena when the top-ranked Buckeyes square off with No. 6 UC Irvine (14-6) at 7 p.m. ET.
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