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The Ohio State Women’s Volleyball team gathered their gander together the afternoon of Sunday the 23rd at St. John’s Arena for their first big win of the season, and their first Big Ten victory (now 10-4 overall & 1-1 in BIG) against the fourth ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State (9-3, & 0-2 BIG).
Mia Grunze had the first double-double of her career behind a team-high 12 kills and 13 digs. Jordan Fry would also have a magnificent game – tying her career mark with 11 kills; Lauren Witte would knock down 10 kills of her own. The duo also had seven and six blocks, respectively.
Madison Smeathers had eight kills and three blocks to join in on the fray, while Becca Mauer spread 39 assists around and dug 13 balls for a double-double. Hannah Gruensfelder paced the defense with 17 digs and Camry Halm added 14 digs to the stat sheet.
SET 1: The Buckeyes went up 5-2 early into the match before the Penn State tied up the score at 11- each. The Nittany Lions used their momentum to open-up the set for a 25-16 triumph.
SET 2: Jordan Fry was a perfect 4-for-4 with three blocks in the second frame. Penn State burned both of its timeouts in rapid fashion as The Ohio State University jumped to a 13-7 lead. The Nittany Lions rallied to mix it up some, bringing it all to 20-20; but the Buckeyes tallied the last five points. Fry and Adria Powell teamed up for a block to secure a 25-20 winner.
SET 3: It was a battle, unquestionably, for the entire third Set. Both teams tied the score 23 times. Penn State and The Ohio State University were evenly matched until the Buckeyes took charge, bringing it a two-point advantage, 20-18. Penn State refused to wither though, trading points up to the 31-all mark. Witte came through nicely with a solid kill and a Littany Lions attacking error gave OSU the frame, 33-31.
SET 4: Penn State retreated to its bench as the Buckeyes jumped out to a 13-8 lead. Much like in previous sets, the Nittany Lions clawed their way within one, 23-22. The Buckeyes though kept at it, fight-fight-fight, utilizing a delightful Grunze kill and Mauer – Fry block to secure the win, 25-23. Lauren Witte connected on six error-free swings in the final outing.
The Buckeyes play again tonight at St. John’s Arena against The Hoosiers of Indiana @ 7:00 p.m. This update will be timelier – promise.