No. 15 Ohio State at No. 2 Penn State
Date: March 21st
Time: 7 afternoon (ET)
Place: Rec room
I’m watching: B1G+
Live Stats: OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Game Notes: Ohio State | Penn State | WASH
Lists: Ohio State | Penn State
Season Stats: Ohio State | Penn State | MIVA | NCAA
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 15 Ohio State (12-9) goes out of conference for the final time this season when the Buckeyes take on No. 2 Penn State (18-2) at Rec Hall in State College, Pa., on Tuesday. The match is scheduled for 19:00 with B1G+ broadcasting the action live.
- The Buckeyes split games with Ball State last week, falling on the road (0-3) and won at the Covelli Center last Saturday (3-2). Freshman Shane Wetzel led the Buckeyes with 36 kills in the split, averaging 4.5 kills per set. He added eight aces with a team-best 46.0 points.
- Ohio State and Penn State met earlier this season in Columbus. The Nittany Lions took that game 3-1 in the second game of the season for the Buckeyes.
- Jacob Pastore holds the No. 18 all-time mark at Ohio State with 908 career kills. He has 282 this year in 20 games. Mike Terpstra (958/1990-93) is next at No. 17 on the career kills list.
- At No. 8 BYU, Pasteur led the Buckeyes with 38 kills, 16 digs and 44 points in a pair of key upsets against the Cougars (1-3, 2-3).
- Pastore was named the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week after adding 28 kills to her season total in a 3-1 win at Purdue Fort Wayne and No. 13 Loyola Chicago (L, 0-3). He also added 16 digs, two aces and six blocks. In a 3-2 loss to Lindenwood, Pastore had a career-high 25 kills with a career-best 17 digs.
- The then no. 10 Buckeyes spit road games at Purdue Fort Wayne (W, 3-1) and at No. 13 Loyola Chicago (L, 3-0). Ohio State continued with games away from home at Quincy (W, 3-0) and at Lindenwood (L, 2-3). Ohio State is on a seven-of-eight-game road streak.
- No. 11 Ohio State opened MIVA play 2-0 after defeating McKendree 3-1 and Lewis 3-0 in Columbus. Samuel Clarke led the Buckeyes with 35 kills in the wins. Noah Platfoot added 81 assists and 23 steals.
- Clark and Platfoot swept MIVA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for efforts against the Bearcats and Flyers.
- The No. 13 Buckeyes split a pair of games at the 2023 Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge at Penn State. Ohio State opened with a 3-1 loss at No. 2 UCLA before rebounding to shut out No. 10 USC 3-1.
- No. 13 Ohio State swept Princeton in back-to-back games before heading to State College. The Buckeyes battled the Tigers in Columbus with 3-1 and 3-2 wins. Ohio State is 7-1 at home this year.
- Pastore led Ohio State with 31 kills in the two matches against UCLA and USC. He hit .290 with three aces, 22 digs, four blocks and 37 points.
Freshman Shane Wetzel, who played in his first two games, led the way
- Buckeyes with 23 kills, six aces, 10 digs for a team-best 31.5 points in wins over Maryville and Missouri S&T.
- Ohio State split its 2023 Patriot Invitational games against No. 9 Grand Canyon (L, 2-3) and against George Mason (W, 3-1) Jan. 14-15 in Fairfax, Virginia. Jacob Pastore led with 33 kills to go with 35 points. Samuel Clarke was next with 30 kills and a team-best 39.5 points.
- Samuel Clark was named the first Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes with 26 kills in the first two games of the season. He hit .400 for the weekend and led the way with 31.5 points.
- Clark and junior Jacob Pasteur were named to the 2023 All-MIVA preseason team. Pasteur led Ohio State a year ago in sets played (104), kills (417), total attacks (808) and aces (38). He was second in blocks with 59.
- Clark played in 103 sets in 2022 with 377 kills, 796 attacks, 35 aces and 42 blocks.
- The Buckeyes are 48-82-1 all-time against Penn State. The Nittany Lions are on a three-game winning streak after losing to No. 2 UCLA. In their next game, Penn State shut out No. 1 Hawaii 3-1.