The Ohio State Women’s Volleyball team has hit the skids – dropping six in a row. Currently within the Big Ten they are 3-11 and 12-14 overall. What started off as a promising season has withered into a ‘cry-for-help’ and a silent look for the season’s end. With six matches remaining, even if they won each one, they’d still have a losing season within league play.
But, let’s not be so pessimistic ….
The current losing streak began Friday October 19th in Bloomington, IN against the Indiana Hoosiers; Buckeyes losing 3-0. Then on Sunday October 21st in West Lafayette, IN the Buckeyes would drop another to the Purdue Boilermakers 3-0. For the third in a row in Columbus against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on October 24th the final would be 3-1 in favor of the Cornhuskers. The fourth loss would occur Sunday October 28th in Evanston, IL against Northwestern, Buckeyes falling 3-0. Friday, November 2nd in Columbus came Illinois, who’d win 3-1. The sixth loss in a row just passed this Sunday, November 4th, in Columbus, against Northwestern – again – 3-1.
Remaining on the schedule for the Buckeyes are – The Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday, November 7th, in East Lansing. Saturday, November 10th, in Columbus, they’ll meet up with Maryland. Friday, the 16th of November, in Columbus, comes the 8th ranked Badgers of Wisconsin. It doesn’t get any better after that – on November 17th, a Saturday, in Columbus, will be the 3rd ranked Golden Gophers of Minnesota. Friday the 23rd of November in Lincoln, will be the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, also the nationally ranked 3rd team in the country. The season will end in Iowa City on Saturday the 24th against the Hawkeyes of Iowa.
Even though the season is unwinding into a disappointment, there indeed have been bright spots, and tremendous play. Vanja Bukilic’s 289 kills is hardly something to ignore; as is Lauren Witte’s 243 kills, and Bia Franklin’s 127 kills and 190 digs. Hannah Gruensfelder’s 337 digs is the envy of any school in the nation in search for a solid and productive defensive specialist. Becca Mauer’s 154 digs are also notable. Lauren Witte’s 18 blocks are also something to focus on when reviewing a season.
The intent here is hardly to concede and look forward to the season’s end – it’s to only relay how a promising season that began only faltered into the disappointment it appears to be arriving towards. I personally believe that the Buckeyes Women’s Volleyball team is better than their record indicates …. But I bleed Scarlet & Gray. Something, somewhere, within this season, way before the current losing streak …. Something happened that broke the spirit of these young athletes, something perhaps none of us will ever know, and it changed the course of what “really” should have been a fantastic season loaded with talent and desire.
Bring on the Spartans this Wednesday (November 7th) the season isn’t over yet!