15th-ranked Mastodons swept by no. 7 Buckeyes

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Despite six aces on Friday night (April 6), No. 15 Fort Wayne fell to No. 7 Ohio State 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-16) on Arnie Ball Court.

Three of Fort Wayne’s aces came from Colton Stone, and Tomas Gago got two. Five of the team’s aces came in the second set. The Mastodons were led by three different attackers who totaled eight kills each. Tony Price, Pelegrin Vargas and Gago were those primary point-scorers, led by Gago, who hit .462.

The first set was open to both teams until Ohio State rattled off four straight to lead 19-14. In the second, Fort Wayne led 9-5, but Ohio State answered by a 6-1 run to take a lead. The rest of the frame was back-and-forth runs, but the Buckeyes halted the late run by the ‘Dons. OSU broke the third set open with four straight to lead 14-10, and the ‘Dons could not recover. Five straight from the Buckeyes later put them up 10.

OSU hit .455 for the match, led by reigning national MVP Nicolas Szerszen, who hit .550. The Buckeyes hit .600 in the first set to overcome Fort Wayne’s .429. Defensively, the duties were split for the ‘Dons, as Vargas, Price and Michael Keegan had seven, six and five digs respectively.

Next up for the Mastodons is McKendree on Saturday (April 7), which is coming off a three-set loss at Ball State. The two teams will be fighting for the fifth seed in the MIVA Tournament, as whichever team comes away with the win will finish in that spot. The ‘Dons will either play Ball State or Lewis in the opening round, depending on results of tomorrow’s matches across the conference. Saturday’s match against the Bearcats will serve as senior night, in which Fort Wayne will thank the lone senior Jack Carlson for his dedication to the program.

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