Buckeyes win 2022 Covelli Final over McKendree in five sets – Ohio State Buckeyes
Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State made its 2022 Covelli Center final a win, passing McKendree in five trill sets on Saturday night. The Buckeyes won by scores of 25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 19-25 and 15-13.
The Buckeyes are now 11-13 on the year and 5-7 in MIVA play. McKendree drops to 12-10, 7-5.
Ohio State‘s offense was led by Jacob Pasteur and Martin Lallemand, who combined for 41 kills and seven blocks. Pasteur had 21 kills and three blocks while Lallemand filled the stat sheet with 20 kills, 10 digs and four blocks.
After the game, Ohio State and its men’s volleyball program recognized its senior class for their contributions on and off the court: Parker Mikesch, Martin Lallemand, Luke Lentin, Sean Ryan and Ethan Tally.
Set 1: In a tightly contested first set, McKendree took a 1-0 lead in the game when Ryan Serrano and Daniel Duggan combined on a block to give the Bearcats a 27-25 victory.
Ohio State led, 22-19, and forced a timeout from McKendree, but two straight Bearcat kills made it 22-21 as the teams then raced back and forth for the next 10 points. Ohio State had a set point leading 24-23 and dodged a set point behind 25-24 but couldn’t get past the top.
Martin Lallemand led all players with six kills in the first set, as he hit .667 on nine swings. Jacob Pasteur and Samuel Clark each had five wins.
Set two: Ohio State tied the game at 1-all with a 25-23 victory in the second set. Pasteur put the exclamation on the board with a set point kill. The Buckeyes took a 5-4 lead early in the set and never trailed again.
McKendree scored four of the first six points, but a 5-0 Ohio State gave the Buckeyes a 7-4 lead. Ohio State led by no less than four three times (12-8, 15-11 and 16-12) before McKendree came within a point, 21-20.
Ohio State hit .471 in the second set, finishing with 16 kills and four errors on 34 swings. The Buckeye block game was also essential, finishing with four blocks in total.
Set three: The Buckeyes took control early in the third set and never looked back, recording a 25-16 win to take a 2-1 lead in the game.
Leading 4-3, Ohio State went on a 7-0 run to open an 11-3 advantage. The Buckeyes led by no less than nine, 16-7, 21-12, 23-14 and 24-15, before securing a kill from Jimmy Webb to complete the 25-16 victory.
Ohio State hit .462 for the set, its best in the first three sets, and added four blocks while limiting McKendree to a .061 hitting percentage.
Set four: McKendree forced a fifth set with a 25-19 win in the fourth, scored by a .333 hit percentage. The Bearcats trailed 10-9 but scored four straight points to go ahead 13-10 and never looked back.
Set five: Tied at 10-10 in the 15-point race, the Buckeyes pulled away and got a dynamic blocking assist from Samuel Clark and Ethan Talley to tie the score at 11-11. From there, Lallemand’s kill gave the Buckeyes a 12-11 lead and Clark added a key service ace at 14-12 to give the Buckeyes match point.
The last point of the evening came on the kill of Lallemand, his 20th of the evening.
Ohio State will wrap up the regular season next weekend when it travels to Purdue Fort Wayne (Thursday, April 7) and Loyola Chicago (Saturday, April 9).