The Women’s Volleyball Team after last weekend’s high – then – low; a win over the 10th ranked Badgers of Wisconsin in Madison 3-2 on Friday, November 3rd – then a loss to a dominating Golden Gophers of Minnesota 3-0 in Minneapolis 3-0 on Saturday, November 4th, then traveled to Piscataway, New Jersey where they played a little domination themselves while handing Rutgers a 3-0 loss on Wednesday, November 8th.
With this victory, Head coach Geoff Carlston recorded the 400th win of his 18-year career. The Buckeyes sailed to a three-set (25-21, 25-12, 25-17) victory against a seemingly unprepared Rutgers team. The Buckeyes are now 14-12 overall and have gone to 7-8 in the Big Ten. They are also ranked 31st in the Nation.
Making only the second start of her career, Becca Mauer dished a career-high 32 assists. The Freshmen setter also tossed in four kills, four digs and three blocks, all career marks as well. Ashley Wenz produced her second double-double of the 2017 season with 13 kills and 12 digs. Luisa Schirmer hit .500 on the night as she connected on 10-of-18 swings with a single miscue. Ana Beatriz Franklin covered the back row for 13 digs while Lauren Witte notched five kills and three blocks. Madison Smeathers and Ayanna Swan posted five kills apiece.
The Buckeyes as a team held the Rutgers team to a paltry hitting percentage of .125 (27-15-96). Carlston in this match-up has also improved to 8-0 all-time against Rutgers.
SET 1: A close one initially – as both teams tied the score seven times. The Buckeyes then set a pace that moved them from the corresponding play in Piscataway as they went on a 8-2 tear. Rutgers did bounce back (some) with the next six points to lock things at 16-all. Three straight Buckeye points though managed to squash any hopes the Scarlet Knights might have mustered – taking the set, 25-21.
SET 2: The second stanza was pure Buckeyes. They commanded immediately – moving to a 14-8 advantage. Rutgers needed some time as they trailed 19-10. The Buckeyes would end with complete domination, scoring the last four points of the set, certainly aided with a pair of errors from the Scarlet Knights, but let us not forget the ace from Wenz and kill by Smeathers, 25-12.
SET 3: The Buckeyes converted at a .395 clip (18-3-38) in the third frame. They addressed any second thoughts of their inconsistencies of late with seven unanswered points and doubled up for a 10-5 lead. Rutgers pulled within four, 19-15, but OSU finished the job at hand – coming off with a 25-17 well-earned win.
The Buckeyes will be back on the road in Iowa City against the dreaded Hawkeyes Saturday the 11th @ 9 p.m. ET.
Again, allow us to extend our most sincere congratulations to Coach Carlston. Let’s get 401 now Coach – it is indeed a good number!