No. 12 USC Men's Volleyball Suffers First Loss Of 2022 In Falling To No. 11 Ohio State
Jacob Pasteur had 17 kills and Martin Lallemand added 15 kills as the No. 11 Ohio State men's volleyball team gave No. 12 USC its first loss of 2022, 26-24, 16-25, 25-18, 25-21, on Saturday (Jan. 22) on the closing night of the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
USC, which upset No. 3 Penn State in 4 sets on Friday's opening night of the tournament, fell to 5-1 this season.
Ohio State, which bounced back from a 5-set defeat to host No. 2 UCLA in Friday's opening round, improved to 4-1 in 2022.
Brandon Browning led USC with 12 kills and 8 digs, while teammate Simon Gallas added 11 kills and 9 digs, Cole Paxson had 12 digs, Chris Hall had 6 digs with 29 assists and Liam Schroeder had 4 blocks.
Pasteur added 9 digs and 4 blocks for the Buckeyes, Lallemand had a match-high 13 digs, Samuel Clark had 9 kills, 6 digs and 4 blocks, Justin Howard had 8 kills (hitting .583) and a match-best 6 blocks and Noah Platfoot had 8 digs with 40 assists.
Neither team hit at a high rate, with Ohio State at .203 and USC at .183. The Buckeyes had more blocks (11.5 to 8.5) and digs (45 to 39).
USC let a late 4-point lead get away in the first set, as the Buckeyes trailed 19-15 but tied it at 22-22 and then scored the set's final 2 points while hitting .345 with 3 blocks.
The Trojans built an early 7-4 lead in the second set and were never threatened as they extended the margin to 14-9 and then 20-12 while hitting .318 to OSU's .000 and getting 3 blocks.
USC fell behind 7-3 in the third set but the next 3 points before Ohio State started pulling away, building leads of 11-7, 14-9 and 17-10 as the Trojans hit just .108 while OSU put up 5 blocks.
The Buckeyes scored 5 of the first 6 points of the fourth set, but USC tied it at 7-7, only to see OSU soon after go on a 5-point run to open a 14-9 lead. The Trojans crept back to tie it at 16-16, but Ohio State scored 4 unanswered points to move ahead 22-18 to regain the momentum and close out the match as the Trojans hit just .071 in the set.
USC next plays a home-and-home non-conference series against No. 13 UC Irvine, hosting the Anteaters on Wednesday (Jan. 26) in the Galen Center and then traveling to Irvine on Friday (Jan. 28). Both matches start at 7 p.m. PT.