The Ohio State University Women’s Volleyball has opened the Big Ten play with a 2-0 record. Overall the Buckeyes are 9-4 on the season.
On Wednesday September 20th in Columbus, at St. John’s Arena, the Buckeyes took on Maryland as the opener for Big Ten Play with a straight set victory (25-20, 25-16, 25-16). This enabled the Buckeyes to go on a three-match win streak and improve to 8-4 (at that moment – as well as 1-0 Big Ten).
The Scarlet and Gray held the Terrapins to a .099 (28-19-91) hitting percentage, their second-lowest clip of the season.
Once again, Luisa Schirmer paced the squad with a match-best 13 kills. Ashley Wenz hit .600 on the night after connecting on 10-of-15 attempts with only one error. Madison Smeathers followed up with eight kills and Taylor Hughes handed-out 31 assists. Camry Halm tallied nine digs while Hannah Gruensfelder and Hughes scooped seven apiece.
Come Saturday, September 23rd in West Lafayette, the Buckeyes upset the 13th nationally ranked Boilermakers of Purdue; 3-1.
Luisa Schirmer and Madison Smeathers combined for 41 kills in the pursuit of their uposet in four sets (25-19, 25-22, 32-34, 25-23). This put the Buckeyes at 9-4 for the young season, and 2-0 in the Big 10. The Boilermakers fell 11-2 (1-1 Big 10).
The Buckeyes extended their win streak to four matches by handing the Boilermakers their first loss at home of the 2017 season. It was also the first time the Scarlet and Gray defeated Purdue on their turf since 2012.
Schirmer was on fire with a career-high 25 kills, hitting .385 (25-5-52) on the evening. Smeathers came through with a career-best 16 kills on 31 attempts and three errors for a .419 clip.
Taylor Hughes tallied 12 digs and dished 52 assists, just two shy of her career mark. Hannah Gruensfelder scooped a match-high 15 digs while Ashley Wenz and Ayanna Swan earned seven kills apiece.
As a team, the Buckeyes recorded 13 blocks, paced by Lauren Witte with six. Smeathers and Hughes had five rejections each and Wenz finished with four blocks.
Next up for the Buckeyes will be the Women from TTUN who thus far have a 10-4 record, 0-2 in the Big 10. They lost both Big Ten matches in tough battles away against top ranked teams; Minnesota (3rd Nationally) 3-1 and Wisconsin (7th Nationally) 3-0. TTUN finds itself 23rd Nationally. Look for The Buckeyes, in Ann Arbor, on Friday the 29th to change that.