Taylor Sandbothe recorded her 518th block of her prolific career at The Ohio State University, thus becoming the All-Time leader of that category for the Buckeyes. She accomplished this feat Wednesday night (November 2nd) against the nationally 3rd ranked Badgers of Wisconsin in Columbus. She broke the record held by Dawn McDougall (517 blocks – 1988-91) which held strong for a quarter of a century.
This was the good news ….
The bad news …. The Buckeyes lost in a three set bout – 25-19, 26-24, and 25-22.
The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes (15-10, 5-8 Big Ten) traded haymakers with Wisconsin from start to finish, which resulted in a total of 26 tied scores and 11 lead changes. Only 11 points separated the two Big 10 squads.
History was made in the third, and what would be the final set, when Sandbothe teamed up with Taylor Hughes to jam Keli Bates of the Badgers for her 518th career block. The record-breaking rejection closed Ohio State’s gap to 18-16 and triggered a Badgers timeout. The Buckeyes narrowed the lead to a lone tally at both 20-19 and 21-20 before coming up flat, thus falling 25-22.
It was a match that hope existed. The Buckeyes have been playing stronger of late, especially in the dominance they showed on October 28th at St. John’s against Maryland in their 3-0 win.
The Scarlet & Gray will be mixing it up again on Saturday (Nov. 5th) @ 7:00 pm in Bloomington, Ind., as they take on the host Indiana Hoosiers.
See You There!