The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s volleyball team punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night, as they won their conference tournament (MIVA) by defeating Loyola Chicago, 3-0.
All three sets were close, but the final box score had OSU winning 25-20, 25-23, 25-19. The win for the Scarlet and Gray came in a top-10 matchup, as the Ramblers came into the contest ranked No. 8, and the Buckeyes were slightly higher at No. 7. The win was even sweeter, as Ohio State clinched the tournament title at home in the friendly confines of St. John Arena.
Head coach Pete Hanson has been on a hot streak that has now stretched over three seasons. In each of the last three seasons, OSU has ended the season as MIVA tournament winners, with the last two seasons ending with the Buckeyes winning the national championship as well. By defeating Loyola Chicago, Hanson also hit a career milestone mark: 700 career wins.
Three Buckeyes (Sanil Thomas, Jake Hanes and Nicolas Szerszen) made the MIVA All-Tournament team, and will be names to watch out for in the NCAA Tournament.
At 1 p.m. ET Sunday, we’ll find out who OSU will be playing the NCAA Tournament, which will take place at Pauley Pavillion in Los Angeles.