The 3-0 run began Friday the 8th on a quick 1-2-3 outing for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team on a straight-set victory over Princeton (25-23, 25-20, 25-16) to start the Towson Invitational. The win moved the Buckeyes to 6-1 record.
The rookies of the squad all stepped up on offense and accounted for 59 percent of Ohio State’s kills. Mia Grunze and Vanja Bukilić led the group with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Grunze also had eight digs and two solo blocks while Bukilić added three digs and assisted on five blocks.
Becca Mauer recorded her first double-double of the season on 33 assists and a career-high 11 digs. Bia Franklin just missed her career mark with three service aces. Defensively, Hannah Gruensfelder tallied 19 digs, followed by Camry Halm with 13. Lauren Witte was a force at the net with six blocks.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team came out on the victorious side twice Saturday at the Towson Invitational to improve to 8-1 on the season. The Buckeyes started the day getting by Missouri (7-2) in four sets (21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20) before cruising past Towson (3-7) in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-18).
The Scarlet & Gray went 3-0 over the weekend and extended its win streak to four matches. Vanja Bukilić had a .311 hitting percentage and averaged 4.00 kills per set on Saturday. Becca Mauer was instrumental in setting up the offense with 10.86 assists/set.
Four Buckeyes reached double figures in kills for the first time this season against Missouri. Lauren Witte and Bukilić paced the squad with 13 kills apiece. Mia Grunze (12) and Jordan Fry (11) rounded out the quartet.
Mauer chipped in 39 assists, nine digs, three blocks, and two service aces. Hannah Gruensfelder dug 27 balls, dished six assists and served two aces while Fry tallied four blocks. Bia Franklin and Camry Halm had eight digs each. Despite a 25-21 hiccup in the first set, Ohio State outscored Missouri by 14 points overall.
When the Buckeyes faced Towson, Bukilić recorded her sixth straight match in double-digit kills and tied her career high (15). Grunze hit .407 (12-1-27) against the Tigers for her third consecutive outing with 12 kills. Mauer surpassed the 30-plus assists mark once again with 37 helpers. Gruensfelder had 21 digs while Witte tallied four rejections at the net.
A trip westbound on I-70 to Dayton for the Flyer Invitational. They will meet up with the host, Flyers, Evansville, and Tennessee.