Let’s start with last weekend…..
The Buckeyes took a hit by dropping two of three in the Flyers Invitational Tournament in Dayton. It was a tough finish to the non-conference schedule for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team – now 9-3. The dreadful day would be Saturday the 15th. The Ohio State University would be. The Buckeyes were outdueled by the Volunteers of Tennessee in four sets (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16). In the nightcap, they would drop a thriller to the host Dayton University (18-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 16-14).
In the match against the Lady Vols, Vanja Bukilić and Lauren Witte tallied 14 kills apiece while Mia Grunze put away 13 kills. Becca Mauer tallied a team-high 26 assists and Olivia Dailey dished 19 helpers. Ohio State battled strongly against Tennessee throughout the first three sets but simply lost steam come the fourth.
Bukilić was responsible for a career-high 18 kills against Dayton and Dailey finished with a double-double (37 assists, 11 digs). Grunze and Witte notched 10 and eight kills, respectively, while Hannah Gruensfelder earned a match-best 18 digs. Jordan Fry was a power to be dealt with as she notched a career-high nine blocks. After forcing a deciding set, the Flyers edged out the Buckeyes late in the rally, 16-14.
Later in the evening Gruensfelder and Bukilić represented the Scarlet & Gray on the all-tournament team.
Now – more current …..
The Buckeyes in their Big Ten opener against the nationally 6th-ranked team, Wisconsin Badgers, were simply out-battled – with a straight-set loss (25-19, 25-17, 25-15). The Buckeyes are now 9-4 and are 0-1 in Big Ten play.
Mia Grunze paced the offense with 10 kills, her ninth time in double figures. Madison Smeathers added eight kills and Jordan Fry hit .312 (7-2-16). Olivia Dailey handed out 20 assists.
Defensively, Hannah Gruensfelder recorded a match-best 17 digs. Bia Franklin (9), Camry Halm (7) and Becca Mauer (6) also got in on the digging. Vanja Bukilić had three blocks and Fry tallied two rejections.
But it just would not be enough as the Badgers out-played the Buckeyes in every category, and in the duration, leading to their win.
The Ohio State University returns to Columbus to host the 4th ranked Penn State this coming Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. See you there. Go Buckeyes – let’s get back on track and show the Volleyball world that the Scarlet and Gray do know a thing or two about ‘Block City’ and ‘Dime’.