ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The No. 2 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team (26-2, 15-0 MIVA) tallied its 30th win in a row over MIVA opponents, storming through the Show Me State in straight sets by outscoring Lindenwood (5-17, 4-11 MIVA) by 24 points (25-17, 25-15, 25-19).
The Buckeyes are now one win away from becoming just the second team in the last 25 years to record an undefeated MIVA slate (Loyola went 14-0 in 2014). Ohio State faces Quincy Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET in the regular season finale.
Lindenwood struggled to defend the Buckeye offensive attack, digging just nine balls total in the match as Ohio State attacked .446 (35-10-56) as a team. Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 24 kills and 29 points, both hitting .400 or better. Szerszen’s four aces were matched by Blake Leeson’s four service snipes as well.
Set 1: Ohio State ended the opening frame on a heater, breaking up a 14-14 tie by ripping 11 of the next 14 rallies to secure a 25-17 winner. The Buckeyes put on a show from the baseline down the stretch, connecting for five service aces during the dominating final 14-rally stretch.
Set 2: Momentum remained in favor of the Buckeyes from start to finish in the second, racing out to a 12-5 edge and wrapping up the period as 25-15 victors. Just like set number one, Johnson accounted for five kills in the second while Leeson and Szerszen each aced the Lions twice once again.
Set 3: The Buckeyes slowed down a smidge in the third, but not enough to allow Lindenwood to reach the 20s in a 25-19 clincher. Szerszen closed out the evening with a six-kill set.