COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four teams collide this weekend at St. John Arena, concluding with a heavyweight bout Saturday evening at 7 p.m. ET between the top-ranked Buckeyes and No. 4 Long Beach State. In total, Columbus will witness four matches as Ohio State and Saint Francis each face Barton College and the 49ers of LBSU on opposite days.
Friday, Jan. 27 - Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
5 p.m. ET - #4 Long Beach State (6-1) vs. Saint Francis (3-4)
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• Ohio State carries a 30-match winning streak into the weekend
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016
• Ohio State won 90 of 108 sets (83%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak also includes 14 straight wins in true road matches
• Longest winning streak in Ohio State history is 32 matches (24-0 in 1969 and the first eight contests of 1970)
• Loyola owns 40-match run in 2014-15 while UCLA is believed to own the all-time record of 47 straight (1983-85)
• The Buckeyes are also riding a 17-set winning streak, sweeping the last five opponents after taking the final two sets vs. No. 2 UCLA on Jan. 7
The ACE RACE
Probability is high that the all-time Ohio State career record for service aces will be broken this weekend at St. John Arena, but by who is unknown. Steve Potter’s top mark of 123 aces set from 1992-95 is being closely chased by not one, but two Buckeyes. Miles Johnson (122 aces) is nearest, needing only two more service snipes to become the record holder. However, Nicolas Szerszen is within striking distance as well, entering the weekend with 119 aces to his name. Regardless of which Buckeye is the first to climb atop the OSU Record Books, he will need to keep an eye on his teammate snagging his crown throughout the rest of the 2017 season.
The aforementioned dynamic duo does not represent the only Buckeyes chasing all-time career marks. Christy Blough, Gabriel Domecus and Driss Guessous are climbing up the school rankings as well. A comprehensive look at the ‘Career Records Watch’ can be found on Page 6.
AND THEN THERE WERE TWO
A pair of men’s collegiate volleyball programs remain perfect in 2017 - the Buckeyes at 7-0 and the 3-0 Coker College Cobras. Penn State hosts the Cobras on Saturday (Jan. 28).
Ohio State is not only 7-0 and the top-ranked team in the land, but is also slotted highly in nearly every statistical category. The Buckeyes are ranked second nationally in kills (13.26/set), aces (2.09/set) and assists (12.52/set); and fourth in the NCAA with a .339 hitting percentage, .174 opponent hitting percentage and 2.61 blocks per set.
Individually, four Buckeyes can be found in the Top-5 of at least one NCAA statistical category. Nicolas Szerszen’s 5.17 points, 4.13 kills and .70 aces per set are good for second, fifth and fifth best, respectively. Miles Johnson comes in right behind Szerszen for points per set, posting a 5.09 average good for third most in the country. Blake Leeson also sits at No. 3 on the strength of his 1.30 blocks/set. In addition, Christy Blough’s 11.13 assists/set have not only aided the Johnson-Szerszen offensive output, but also place him fourth in NCAA.
DOMECUS EARNS CONFERENCE RECOGNITION
Gabriel Domecus registered a dozen digs in Ohio State’s road sweep at Saint Francis (Jan. 20), an effort which earned him MIVA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Jan. 24. Domecus has now picked up MIVA Defensive Player of the Week accolades during three straight seasons (3/15/16; 3/17/15).