Outside attacker Jacob Pasteur showed exactly why the conference coaches at the preseason picked him to repeat as the MIVA Player of the Year.
Pasteur finished with both a match-high 17 kills on a .625 attack percentage and four aces as No. 6/6 Ohio State swept No. 14 Lewis 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 on Wednesday in Romeoville, Illinois.
The All-American led all players with seven kills in both the first and third games and did not commit an attack error through the first two games. Pasteur also had two aces in the final game, including a walk-off ace to prevent overtime and secure the Buckeyes’ second straight conference win.
Setter Noah Platfoot guided the Ohio State offense to out-hit Lewis .368 to .259. In addition, Ohio State (8-2, 2-0 MIVA) had a match-best .542 in its five-point first-game win and committed a combined three attack errors in the first two games.
Both of the Buckeyes’ starting middle attackers were errorless against the Flyers (7-4, 2-1 MIVA).
Cole Young finished with six kills and zero errors on a .600 attack percentage, while Justin Howard added four kills and no errors on a .500 attack percentage.
Lewis outside attacker Max Roquet in loss had a team-high 13 kills and hit .300. Roquet was the only Flyer to have more than five kills and hit more than .200.
Ohio State with this victory moves into sole possession of first place in the MIVA and has a half-match lead on No. 11 Ball State. Ohio State and Ball State (8-6, 1-0 MIVA) are the only two remaining undefeated teams in MIVA play.