QUINCY, Ill. – The No. 9 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (16-4, 7-2 MIVA) notched its fifth consecutive road victory, blowing past Quincy (12-14, 0-9 MIVA) in a three-set sweep: 25-16, 25-9, 25-23. The Buckeyes attacked .431 as a team, navigated by the nation’s leading assist provider, Sanil Thomas, and his 32 helpers Friday evening.
Thomas got it done in the defensive backcourt as well, chipping in seven digs. On the offensive, Thomas connected with Nicolas Szerszen for 11 kills at a .667 hitting percentage. Nick Laffin and Blake Leeson were extremely effective from the middle, combining for 13 kills on 18 attempts with a lone error (.667). Ohio State nearly doubled up the Hawks in kills, 39-20, while recording three times as many blocks (9) compared to Quincy (3).
Aaron Samarin paced all players, digging a dozen balls for the Scarlet & Gray. Jake Hanes and Maxime Hervoir were responsible for three blocks apiece, three solo stuffs for Hanes and a two-solo, one-assisted blocking performance by Hervoir.
Ohio State eliminated the bad taste of poor serving numbers last week by drilling 10 aces to open this weekend. All hands were on deck as six different Buckeyes register an ace.
SET 1: Quincy owned a 4-3 edge early in the opening period, representing what would be the final lead of the match for the Hawks. Ohio State grabbed 11 of the next 15 rallies and rejected QU four times en route to a 25-16 winner.
SET 2: Set number two was filled with Buckeye domination. Ohio State attacked .647 and posted 12 kills while siding out at a perfect 9-for-9 rate. With service in-hand, the Buckeyes rifled in six aces to lambaste Quincy 25-9. Thomas spent the first 11 rallies of the set toeing the baseline when Ohio State sprinted to a 10-0 advantage.
SET 3: Szerszen slammed the door shut in the third frame, terminating six of nine attempts and digging four balls in the clinching set. Quincy evened the score as late as 20-20, however, scrapping to the very end. Szerszen’s 11th and final kill put an end to it though, sealing a 25-23 triumph.
The Buckeyes are back at it again on Sunday (March 25), facing Lindenwood at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT to wrap up a five-week road stand.