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The Ohio State women’s volleyball team on Saturday, the 29th in Maryland wiped out a 2-0 deficit – but came up a “tad” short against the University of Maryland in five sets (25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 17-15). This has now dropped the Buckeyes to 10-6 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten play while the Terrapins improve to 11-5 (2-2 B1G).
Vanja Bukilić led the Buckeyes with a career-high 19 kills and 19.5 points. Madison Smeathers contributed 13 kills and Jordan Fry added nine. Lauren Witte had eight kills, seven blocks and two aces while Adria Powell notched six kills.
Becca Mauer tallied 48 assists, 13 digs and five blocks for her third straight double-double. Hannah Gruensfelder had a team-best 20 digs and Bia Franklin dug 10 balls.
This is how it all went:
SET 1: Ohio State had a small 12-11 edge to start the match. The Buckeyes were forced to call a timeout after the Terrapins tied the score three times before taking a 20-17 lead. Maryland went on to win the set, 25-22.
SET 2: Maryland burned a timeout early as OSU opened the frame on a 9-3 run. The Terrapins battled back to tie things up at 20-all and managed to overpower the Buckeyes for a 25-22 victory.
SET 3: The Scarlet & Gray sprinted out to an early 7-1 lead. Maryland called a timeout at the 15-8 mark but it did not help as Ohio State cruised to a 25-15 set victory. The Ohio State University held the University of Maryland to a .037 clip (5-4-27) during the set.
SET 4: With the score locked at 6-all, a pair of attacking errors by the Terrapins and two blocks put OSU up 10-6. Although Maryland pulled within one late in the rally, the Buckeyes were able to hold on for a 25-22 triumph.
SET 5: Maryland came out smoking – with a 5-1 advantage. The Buckeyes responded with a surge of its own to go ahead 10-8. The score, though, ended up tied at 13-all and the teams traded the next four points until the Terrapins protected a 17-15 decision, and went on for the match victory.
The Buckeyes continue spending time on the road when they visit Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.