The No. 11-ranked Loyola men’s volleyball team (17-7, 10-2) swept The Ohio State University 3-0 at Gentile Arena Friday night for its fourth straight victory. The win marks the first time the Ramblers have completed a season sweep of the Buckeyes since 2015 — the year they won their second national championship.
Senior outside hitter Will Tischler led the Ramblers with 11 kills and also contributed four digs. Fellow senior outside hitter Collin Mahan tallied seven kills, including his 300th of the season, and five digs. The Victor, New York native now has the 10th-most kills in program history and moves into ninth all-time in digs.
“The sweep of Ohio State always feels good,” Mahan said after the match. “The whole team was clicking, especially in that third set [after] being down 8-2.”
Ohio State, which won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament last year, now falls to 8-17 overall and 3-8 in MIVA play on the season. The Buckeyes were led by redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes’ 17 kills.
The first set went back-and-forth until Loyola, despite struggling on set point, held on to win 25-21 to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Ramblers cruised to a 25-14 victory in the second set thanks to 12-2 run, which made up for a slow start.
Loyola again struggled out of the gate in the third set, trailing Ohio State 10-3 at one point. But the Ramblers came back, going on an 11-3 run to take a 14-13 lead. Although the Buckeyes kept it close, Loyola held off a late surge to win the set 25-22 and seal the sweep.
After the victory, Loyola head coach Mark Hulse said although he was happy about sweeping Ohio State, he was more impressed with his team’s effort in one of the more high-profile games on the schedule.
“I thought we did a really good job, we kind of challenged the guys to set a tone really early,” Hulse said. “Hopefully it’s not about the sweep or whatever so much as they played really well and got a win against a good team.”
The Ramblers are scheduled to continue their season April 5 against Lindenwood University at Gentile Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcasted on ESPN3.