While the two teams have not met that often, the BYU and Ohio State series history has produced several memorable matches and moments.
The Cougars and Buckeyes will have another critical match tonight with the NCAA championship on the line. Check out the complete series history between BYU and Ohio State heading into the 2017 NCAA Tournament finals.
Series record: BYU leads 11-5
At BYU (Smith Fieldhouse): BYU leads 5-3
At Ohio State (St. John Arena): BYU leads 5-1
Neutral court: Tied at 1-1
First meeting: 1990
Last meeting: 2016 NCAA Tournament finals
No. 3 seed Ohio State def. No. 1 seed BYU 32-30, 25-23, 25-17
May 7, 2016 | Rec Hall (NCAA Tournament finals)
Ohio State tied a NCAA Tournament finals 25-point rally scoring era record with eight aces in a sweep against BYU to win its second NCAA championship in program history. The Buckeyes had four players finish with double-digit kills, including freshman middle attacker Blake Leeson who had 11 kills and zero attack errors while hitting .846. All-American setter Christy Blough also guided the Ohio State offense to out-hit BYU .374 to .296.
No. 2 BYU def. No. 11 Ohio State 27-30, 30-24, 30-21, 32-30
March 17, 2006 | The Pyramid (Long Beach State Active Ankle Classic)
Outside attacker Ivan Perez had both a match-high 18 kills on a .375 attack percentage and 10 digs as BYU defeated Ohio State in the non-conference tournament. Despite the loss, the Buckeyes out-hit the Cougars .300 to .266.
No. 8 BYU def. No. 12 Ohio State 30-23, 30-23, 28-30, 30-25
Jan. 24, 2004 | St. John Arena
BYU overcame Ohio State’s Andy Cole having a match-high 29 kills on a .412 attack percentage to complete the two-match series sweep. The Buckeyes were held to less than a .200 attack percentage in the first three games of the loss. In addition, BYU middle attacker Victor Batista led all players with nine blocks.
No. 8 BYU def. No. 12 Ohio State 30-27, 30-27, 30-26
Jan. 23, 2004 | St. John Arena
Outside attacker Fernando Pessoa led all players with a career-high 19 kills on a .455 attack percentage in a road non-conference sweep against the Buckeyes.
No. 5 BYU def. No. 12 Ohio State 30-25, 30-25, 28-30, 30-26
Feb. 2, 2002 | Smith Fieldhouse
Setter Carlos Moreno had 63 assists and guided the BYU offense to more than a .300 attack error in each of the four games during the victory. The Cougars had four players with double-digit kills, including outside attacker Joaquin Acosta who had a team-high 19 kills while hitting .410.
No. 5 BYU def. No. 12 Ohio State 34-32, 30-23, 30-25
Feb. 1, 2002 | Smith Fieldhouse
Outside attacker Jaime Mayol had 13 kills on a match-best .632 attack percentage as BYU swept Ohio State in the first meeting between the two teams during the rally scoring era.
No. 5 Ohio State def. BYU 15-12, 15-10, 15-12
March 25, 2000 | Smith Fieldhouse
Ohio State All-American outside attacker Pieter Olree had a match-high 32 kills to help the Buckeyes complete a two-match road series sweep against the the Cougars.
No. 5 Ohio State def. BYU 15-8, 7-15, 15-8, 12-15, 15-10
March 24, 2000 | Smith Fieldhouse
BYU suffered its first home loss in three years and had its 40-match home winning streak end with a five-game loss to Ohio State. Ohio State’s Chris Flash finished with a team-high 39 kills while hitting .517. The Buckeyes also had zero attack errors and a perfect 1.000 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.
No. 4 BYU def. No. 6 Ohio State 15-5, 15-11, 10-15, 14-16 15-13
Jan. 16, 1999 | St. John Arena
Despite blowing a two-game lead and trailing 13-12 in the decisive fifth game, BYU recovered to beat Ohio State and complete the two-match road series sweep. Setter Chris Pitzak guided the BYU offense to a .401 attack percentage in the non-conference victory.
No. 4 BYU def. No. 6 Ohio State 12-15, 15-13, 17-15, 15-4
Jan. 15, 1999 | St. John Arena
All-American middle attacker Ryan Millar finished with a match-high 28 kills while hitting .417 as BYU rallied from a one-game deficit to beat Ohio State in four games.
No. 8 BYU def. No. 13 Ohio State 15-11, 15-9, 17-15
March 20, 1993 | Smith Fieldhouse
BYU earned its second consecutive home victory against the MIVA as it swept Ohio State. In addition, the Cougars finished the season 3-2 in non-conference play versus MIVA opponents.
No. 11 BYU def. No. 15 Ohio State 15-10, 15-2, 15-10
March 21, 1992 | Smith Fieldhouse
BYU had the largest margin of victory in series history with a 13-point victory in the second game of the sweep.
No. 14 Ohio State def. BYU 7-15, 15-9, 14-16, 15-11, 17-16
March 23, 1991 | Smith Fieldhouse
With NCAA rules capping the decisive fifth-game at 17 points, Ohio State pulled out a one-point win in the final game for a non-conference road victory.
No. 18 Ohio State def. No. 14 BYU 9-15, 16-14, 15-10, 15-13
Jan. 30, 1991 | St. John Arena
Ohio State rallied from a one-game deficit to beat BYU for the first time in the series’ history. In addition, it was one of two victories the Buckeyes had against nationally ranked teams that season.
No. 17 BYU def. No. 19 Ohio State 15-12, 15-11, 17-15
March 16, 1990 | Smith Fieldhouse
BYU ended a six-match losing streak in its inaugural season with a sweep against Ohio State. This also was the program’s second home victory.
BYU def. Ohio State. 15-10, 9-15, 15-8, 16-14
Jan. 11, 1990 | St. John Arena
BYU playing the program’s inaugural match as a varsity sport defeated Ohio State in four games in a road non-conference match.