Sophomore outdoors hitter Martin Lallemand (6) attacking the ball against Loyola on Sunday, February. 24, 2019 at St. John Arena in Columbus, O
Following a slow begin in the very first set, the Ohio Condition men’s volleyball team fought against back, taking No. 11 USC to 5 sets, but falling just short, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-25 and 10-15.
For the majority of the night, the Trojans (11-7, 3-3 MPSF) were built with a slight edge within the Buckeyes (6-14, 2-6 MIVA), finishing with 61 and 43 kills, correspondingly, USC also were built with a .462 hitting percentage when compared with Ohio State’s .238 hitting percentage.
An ace by senior outdoors hitter Ryan Moss gave USC an earlier 7-3 lead within the fifth set. The Buckeyes used kills by redshirt sophomore outdoors hitter Tyler Alter to try a comeback, but couldn’t string enough points together, ultimately falling 15-10.
While USC edged the Buckeyes in many groups, the main one category Ohio Condition brought was aces, accumulating 14 to USC’s five.
Using the second set tied at 10, Ohio Condition used two USC service errors and 2 aces by sophomore opposite hitter Mike Hanes and newcomer middle blocker Ethan Talley to interrupt the set open at 14-11. USC required control by winning six from the next seven points, but Ohio Condition mounted a comeback from three aces within the last 12 points, winning 25-23.
Six aces in the Buckeyes arrived the 2nd set, including three by Hanes and back-to-back aces by junior setter Andrew Hillman.
Hanes brought the Buckeyes with 15 kills and five aces, adding three digs. Hillman contributed 37 assists, four kills, four aces, one block and 4 digs.
While errors ongoing to become a problem for that Buckeyes, committing 18 attack and 22 service, it had been a well-recognized struggle for that Trojans too, who committed 13 attack and 22 service errors that belongs to them.
Halfway with the first set, two USC errors introduced Ohio Condition within three. However a bad set by junior setter Andrew Hillman and 2 kills by redshirt senior Jack Wyett gave the Trojans three-straight points along with a 20-14 lead. They’d extend their result in seven through the finish from the set, winning 25-18.
Entering the 4th set, Ohio Condition brought two sets to 1, trying to close out an away victory.
A kill by Hanes as well as an ace by sophomore middle blocker Austin Gerwig introduced the Buckeyes within three at 14-11, but Ohio Condition would only win four from the next 15 points, losing the set 15-25.
Ohio Condition returns to St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Friday to manage Lees-McRae.