No. 12 USC Men's Volleyball Swept By No. 6 Ohio State|
Jan. 8, 2016
Miles Johnson had 13 kills while hitting .867 and Nicolas Szerszen added 10 kills to lead the No. 6-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team to a 25-11, 25-20, 25-15 non-conference sweep over No. 12 USC on Friday (Jan. 8) on the second day of the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge in State College, Pa.
USC fell to 0-2 this year (its first such season start since 2007) after also being swept on the tourney’s first day on Thursday by No. 10 Penn State. Ohio State, which lost to No. 5 UCLA on Thursday, evened its 2016 record to 2-2. It was the Buckeyes’ first victory over the Trojans since 1997, snapping a 3-match losing streak to Troy.
USC’s 46 combined points in the match were its fewest in the rally scoring era that began in 2001. Its 11 points in the opening set were its fewest in a non-fifth set since 2001.
Lucas Yoder led USC with 8 kills.
Johnson’s 13 kills for the Buckeyes came on 15 swings, with no errors, and he also had 5 digs.
Ohio State hit .474 in the match compared to USC’s .070. The Buckeyes had 8.0 blocks, 25 digs and 7 aces, while USC was at 3.5, 13 and 1.
USC fell behind quickly in the first set, trailing 9-6 and then seeing Ohio State score 11 of the next 14 points (the Trojans hit .000 in the set to OSU’s .450). The Buckeyes used a 4-0 run in the second set to forge a 9-5 lead and USC could not catch up. In the final set, Ohio State jumped out to a 13-4 lead and the Trojans could never pull closer than within 7 points the rest of the way as the Buckeyes hit .591 to USC’s .080.
USC now opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 15. USC’s first home match is on Jan. 21 against No. 9 UC Santa Barbara.