Final Score: No. 2 Ohio State 3, No. 10 Loyola 0 (20-25, 21-25, 15-25)
Records: Loyola (11-8, 6-4 MIVA); Ohio State (20-1, 9-0 MIVA)
Location: Gentile Arena -- Chicago, Ill.
Stats: Box Score | Season Stats
Ben Plaisted tallied a team-high 10 kills, but No. 10 Loyola University Chicago hit just .153 on the night, as No. 2 Ohio State (20-1, 9-0 MIVA) earned a 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 victory tonight at Gentile Arena. The loss drops the Ramblers to 11-8 overall and 6-4 in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.
How It Happened
Ohio State raced out to a 5-1 lead in the first set before Loyola composed itself and got within 9-7 after Cole Murray smashed a pair of kills as part of a mini 3-0 Rambler run. The Buckeyes would respond by tallying eight of the next 10 points to bust open a 17-9 advantage, but the Ramblers wouldn’t go away quietly, chopping the deficit down to 22-19. Defending national champion Ohio State would regain its composure though and rattled off three of the next four points for a 25-20 victory.
Loyola came out of the gates hot at the start of set two as Collin Mahan recorded two kills in a 5-2 spurt to open play. After Ohio State stormed back to grab a 10-9 lead, the Ramblers used a 4-1 run that featured a pair of kills from Plaisted, and one each from Mahan and Jeff Jendryk, to claim a 13-11 edge. A Loyola service error ignited a 4-0 Buckeyes run that gave them the lead for good, though Loyola got within 17-16 on another Plaisted stop. OSU would rip off the next four points to build its lead back to 21-16, but Loyola countered with four consecutive points of its own to get within a point at 21-20. However, Ohio State would notch four of the final five points of the set for a 25-21 win and 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was all Buckeyes as they stormed out to a 9-5 lead. A Loyola timeout couldn’t stop the Ohio State momentum however, and the Buckeyes would pull away thanks to an 11-3 run that gave them a 20-8 advantage en route to a 25-15 victory.
Inside The Box Score
- Jendryk pounded out six kills and hit .600 (6-0-10) for the match.
- Ohio State, which entered the match as the MIVA leader in hitting percentage, hit .352 on the night.
- Miles Johnson tallied 14 kills to lead Ohio State.
Loyola hosts McKendree Sunday (March 19) at 4 p.m. at Gentile Arena.