The Ohio State Women’s Volleyball team, 19th nationally came up short this evening (Wednesday, October 26th) in a five set defeat at Maryland (25-21, 22-25, 28-30, 25-19, 15-12). The evening included 41 tied scores and 17 lead changes. The Buckeyes now move to 14-9 overall and a miserable 4-7 in Big Ten action.
Seniors Taylor Sandbothe and Valeria León led the charge for the Buckeyes combining for 33 digs. León dug up 26 balls while Sandbothe smacked in seven blocks to the OSU defensive cause. She excelled on the offensive side of the net as well, bouncing 23 kills at a .321 attacking clip on a career-high 56 attempts (seven digs tied a career best) Sandbothe’s seven stuffs escalated her career total to 508, just 10 shy of breaking the all-time school record held by Dawn McDougall – 517 blocks back in 1988-91. León added to her all-time mark for career digs. She is now up to 1,612 total digs since arriving at Ohio State in 2013. Freshman Camry Halm did her best to show Buckeye fans that she will do her best to replace León come next year by setting a new career high with 16 digs.
SET 1: Ohio State moved ahead 17-16 on a Sandbothe ace before a three-point run for the Terrapins which took them ahead, 19-17. They would maintain the lead and finishing by taking the 1st 25-21.
SET 2: Taylor Hughes brought the offense back in set number two, as she dealt 13 assists while the Buckeyes attacked .370 with 15 kills. Sandbothe terminated seven and Audra Appold finished off three of four errorless attempts. Add in three blocks (1s, 2a), and Sandbothe was directly responsible for nine points in the frame. Ohio State broke up a 21-all tie by snagging four of the final tallies and evening up the match at one set apiece on a 25-22 winner.
SET 3: Sandbothe hammered eight kills along with a pair of block assists, 10 points, and a service ace. Appold kept the attack going – adding four kills. León brought it on big, having 10 digs as the set poured into extra time. Set-point opportunities were being denied left and right when Ohio State ultimately closed it out, 30-28, as Sandbothe painted the baseline on the set-clinching ace.
SET 4: A combined 16 attack errors littered the fourth, leading to a sub-.100 hitting percentages on both sides. Thirteen different Buckeyes would see action here. Maryland threw up a half dozen blocks by set’s end, allowing them to rise above 25-19 and force a fifth frame.
SET 5: Three more Maryland rejections in the fifth proved crucial in a 15-12 match-clincher. The 15th and final block of the night served as the ending finalized the night – with the 1`5th point.
The Buckeyes and Terps will face-off again in Columbus at St. John’s Friday (Oct., 28th) at 7:00 p.m. on BTN.
See you there.