BYU 3, Ohio State 0
PROVO, Utah – Nearly identical team stat lines predictably led to a combined difference of just nine pointsin No. 7 Ohio State's 25-20, 25-23, 27-25 setback on the road at No. 5 BYU (1-0). The Buckeyes (2-1) and Cougars both attacked .325 on 80 attempts apiece with the home squad garnering one more kill (38-37) and one more dig (24-23) while OSU notched an extra block (4-3). The largest statistical discrepancy came at the service line where Ohio State committed a costly six more errors.
Jake Hanes carried the heaviest offensive load. He paced all players on both sides of the net with 23 kills. He took 42 of Ohio State's 80 swings, attacking .405 for the night (23-6-42). Martin Lallemand was efficient as well, bouncing seven kills on 13 errorless attempts for a .538 hitting clip.
SET 1: The Buckeyes shot themselves in the foot a dozen times in the opening frame, recording 12 misfires from the service stripe to account for nearly half of BYU's 25 points. Eight different Buckeyes contributed to the serving struggle with an error or two.
SETS 2&3: The second and third sets were mirror images of each other. Ohio State starkly reduced its service error total and Hanes crushed nine kills in each frame. Both sets also included six lead changes, a total of 28 tied scores and the minimal final separation of two tallies. Following a 25-23 loss in Set 2, the Buckeyes held a 17-13 upper hand midway through the third. That's when BYU rattled off seven straight though, pulling ahead 20-17 and forcing an Ohio State timeout.
The Buckeyes responded well to the break in action, winning the next three rallies to even the ledger at 20-all. Ohio State later regained the lead and earned a 24-23 set point. BYU's Davide Gardini denied the opportunity with a kill. Gardini rose up again moments later, registering two more kills to break up a 25-25 tie and close the door 27-25.
Ohio State returns to action Saturday (Jan. 12) night at No. 11 Stanford. First serve is set for 10 p.m. ET in Palo Alto, Calif.
Stanford 3, Ball State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men's volleyball team kept itself within striking distance the entire match, but couldn't quite pull out any sets as it fell to No. 11 Stanford, 3-0, on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinals dropped to 2-2 on the season with the loss while Stanford improved to 3-0.
Matt Szews and David Siebum led the attack for Ball State on the night with nine kills apiece. Freshman Kaleb Jenness pitched in six. Setter Jake Romano led the Cardinals in assists with 23.
"I'm disappointed with how our team played tonight," said head coach Joel Walton. "We had a few strong individual performances, but as a team we didn't play well enough to win any games or push Stanford to a fourth or fifth set."
Ball State's best chance at winning a game came in set one when it held a 20-18 lead. The Cardinals fell behind early in the set by as many as five, but chipped away and eventually snagged the lead. Stanford went on to tie the set at 22 and scored the final three points of the game to take a 1-0 advantage in the match.
The second set was competitive early as it was tied 13-13 midway through. Stanford then scored three-straight points and BSU couldn't get it closer than that as it dropped the set 25-17. Stanford took control early in the third and final set and closed out the match with a sweep.
Stanford led the match in nearly every statistical category except for block assists. The Cardinals claimed the category by a margin of 16-12. Ball State only trailed in kills by five at a 38-33 mark. Stanford also had 36 assists to BSU's 30.
The Cardinals now travel to Provo, Utah where they will face No. 5 Brigham Young on Saturday night. First serve is slated for 9:00 p.m. ET.