The Nation’s 19th ranked Women’s Volleyball team, The Ohio State University did not take long to wrap up two wins at the 2016 Ball State Active Ankle Challenge. They now face host ball State Saturday (Sept. 17th) at 6:00 p.m. ET.
After defeating Valparaiso (6-6) and University of North Carolina at Greensboro (4-7) by a combined 56 points, not the opposition to record any more than 20 points in any set. The Buckeyes completely commanded the doubleheader to an impressive .394 team hitting percentage.
The Buckeyes ran their record to 9-2 overall in the dual performance.
Taylor Sandbothe stepped up, as is what is standard for the All-American, by putting away 5.33 kills per set at a .540 hitting rate. Audra Appold and Luisa Schirmer both contributed magnificently with a 19 kills apiece adding nicely to Sandbothe’s dominance in the middle. Taylor Hughes delivered 12 assists per set and had 10 kills on her own. She and Valeria León would both have a team-high three service aces.
León, the Buckeyes libero led the defensive side of the Scarlet and Gray by digging the ball 22 times. Ohio State also had 13 team blocks.
Valparaiso was first up against the Buckeyes. They initially gave a strong showing – battling the Buckeyes to a 13-13 deadlock midway through the opening set. The Buckeyes then powered out in a six-point run. OSU’s Madison Smeathers shined with a pair of kills in the course of this run which put the Buckeyes ahead decisively and for good at 19-13. OSU would add two more tallies before it was said and done – winning 25-17.
The second set had an entirely different beginning and end. The Buckeyes raced out quickly to a 6-2 edge – and simply never looked back. It would end 25-13 in favor of OSU.
In the third it was pretty much the same. The Buckeyes were completely in the driver’s seat and blew past Valparaiso 25-18.
In the nightcap Taylor Sandbothe literally handed UNC a lesson in perfection as she had 18 kills on only 26 swings (.615). Appold (8-0-21), Kylie Randall (4-0-8), and Luisa Schirmer (7-0-14) were a commanding force too, combining for 19 terminations on an insane 43 errorless attempts. Appold would have 12.5 total points on eight kills, three solo blocks, a block assist, and a solo ace. Sandbothe ruled with 21 points (18 kills, two block assists, a solo block and an ace).
Now it’s time to move onto tomorrow and face host Ball State. The Cardinals have to be concerned with such dominance in the guise of Scarlet and Gray.