The Ohio State women’s volleyball team was soon backtracking after defeating Rutgers in Piscataway, NJ on Friday the 5th … erasing a 2-1 deficit in their victory against the Scarlet Knights in five sets (18-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9). This allowed the Buckeyes to improve to 11-6 overall and 2-3 in Big Ten play.
Lauren Witte led the charge with 17 kills, a .577 hitting percentage, and three rejections. Adria Powell also had 17 kills, a career high, and Vanja Bukilić added 13 kills and four blocks. Bia Franklin chipped in nine kills while Becca Mauer and Olivia Dailey handed out 39 and 12 assists, respectively. Hannah Gruensfelder tallied a match-best 14 digs, followed by Franklin with 13. Camryn Moeller dug a career-high nine balls.
SET 1: Rutgers scored the first six points of the match before Ohio State pulled within one, 11-10. The Buckeyes tried to keep things close but it wasn’t enough as they fell 25-18.
SET 2: Ohio State jumped out to an 11-4 lead early in the frame. The Scarlet Knights got back in the set, 18-15, but the Buckeyes did not wither, getting the 25-19 triumph.
SET 3: Back and forth took the motion – featuring 12 ties. Both teams were evenly matched until the 23-all mark. With the score tied, Rutgers needed a timeout and came out of the break ready to go as it posted the last two points to take the set, 25-23.
SET 4: Things started off much like the previous set until OSU had a slight advantage, 18-16. The Buckeyes continued to separate themselves from the Scarlet Knights thanks to a 7-2 run to close the frame, 25-18, and force a deciding set.
SET 5: Rutgers went up 7-6 but Ohio State responded with five straight points to take an 11-7 lead. It was all about the Buckeyes from that point as they limited the Scarlet Knights to only two more points and secured a 15-9 winner.
That was good, but, then – University Park, PA happened on the 6th – Saturday…
The Ohio State University Women’s volleyball team split its home-and-home series with No. 9 Penn State when it dropped a 3-0 decision (25-13, 25-22, 25-22) at Rec. Hall Saturday night. The Buckeyes are 11-7 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten while the Nittany Lions stand at 13-3 and 4-2 in league play.
It was a career night for Bia Franklin with 11 kills and 13 points. Vanja Bukilić had her 14th match of the season in double figures thanks to 10 kills. Jordan Fry connected on nine of 15 error-free swings for a career-high .600 clip. Olivia Dailey tallied 25 assists while Bukilić and Camryn Moeller added six digs apiece.
SET 1: The Buckeyes stayed close to the Nittany Lions to start the match trailing 9-7. It was all Penn State after that as it dominated on their way to a 25-13 triumph.
SET 2: The Buckeyes fell behind 15-9 to get things going. After calling a timeout, they would go on and score three straight points to lessen the deficit in half. It was the Nittany Lions’ turn to call for a break as OSU pulled the score to 18-16. The Buckeyes fought to stay in the set but fell 25-22.
SET 3: It was a back and forth rally but OSU took a slight 11-9 lead. Penn State quickly recovered and the squads were back to going point for point. A kill by Fry tied the set at 18-all but the Nittany Lions went ahead 21-18, forcing an Ohio State timeout. Back on the court, back-to-back kills chipped away at the advantage, 21-20, sending PSU to its bench. It was a battle to the end that went in favor of the Nittany Lions, 25-22.
UP NEXT: The Buckeyes now return to St. John Arena to host Michigan on Oct. 12 and Michigan State on Oct. 14. Let’s GO Buckeyes…..