No. 2 Ohio State Downs No. 11 Men’s Volleyball In Straight Sets
No. 2 Ohio State (23-2) picked up its fifteenth straight win as No. 11 Penn State (16-8) wasn’t able to pull off the upset Tuesday night in Columbus, falling to the Buckeyes in straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-18).
How It Happened
Penn State controlled things in the early going, building a 19-17 lead off strong play from the normal star duo of Aidan Albrecht and Chris Nugent. But from there the Buckeyes took control of the set, proving why they’re ranked second in the country. Ohio State rattled off seven straight points, taking a 24-19 lead and eventually winning the first set 25-22.
Unfortunately, it was the same story in the second set. The Nittany Lions kept things close in the first half of the set, but weren’t able to make the plays when it mattered most. Trailing 23-19, a kill from Penn State’s Matt Seifert pulled the Nittany Lions within three points but Penn State couldn’t capitalize. Albrecht committed a service error followed by an attack error from Lee Smith, giving Ohio State the second set 25-20.
The Buckeyes closed out Penn State in the final set, never giving the Nittany Lions much hope. Three straight points gave Ohio State a 9-5 lead, and it built off that lead throughout the entire set. A kill from Miles Johnson clinched things for the Buckeyes, securing the third set and a match victory.
Player Of The Game
Miles Johnson | Junior
The 6-foot-6 California native was spectacular for the Buckeyes, leading the team with 18 kills in the victory.
The Nittany Lions will next be in action when they return to Rec Hall to take on Harvard on April 8 at 7 p.m.
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