EAST LANSING, *ich. – The Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Squad took another stumble Up North in East Lansing against the Spartans of *ichigan State. Vanja Bukilić connected on a team-high 17 kills but the Buckeyes just could not muster the win. The Spartans took the win at home in four sets (25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-10) on Wednesday night, the 7th of November. The setback puts the Buckeyes at 12-15 overall and 3-12 in the Big Ten while the Spartans improve to 16-12 overall and 4-11 in conference action.
Bukilić had her 22nd match in double digits and recorded a new career mark with 21 points and four service aces. Bia Franklin notched seven kills, seven digs, two assists, two solo blocks and an ace. Lauren Witte contributed eight kills while Becca Mauer posted her sixth double-double on 17 assists and a career-high 15 digs. Olivia Dailey chipped in 15 helpers and Camry Halm earned nine digs.
SET 1: Ohio State ran through its timeouts rather swiftly as the Spartans jumped off to a 14-7 lead. The Buckeyes moved into a smoother momentum, gaining opportunities, as they used a 3-0 run to send the Spartans to their bench. Back on the court, the home squad came out swinging to take the set, 25-18.
SET 2: After falling behind early, the Buckeyes tied the frame at 9-9 with the benefit of five straight points, highlighted by a solo rejection from Franklin. The teams traded points until kills by Witte and Franklin gave OSU a 21-18 advantage to force a Spartan timeout. MSU responded by scoring the next three points to lock things at 21-all and send the Buckeyes to the sideline. It was still anyone’s game after the break but back-to-back kills by Bukilić sealed the set, 26-24.
SET 3: The Spartans needed a breather when the Buckeyes jumped out to an 8-3 lead. But the Spartans would not yield, bouncing back, knotting the tally at 17-17 before scoring the last four points to secure the 25-19 win.
SET 4: MSU led for the – whole thing – owning the match from beginning to end. The 25-10 decision was all Spartans.
Ohio State meets up with Maryland in Columbus on Saturday at 7 p.m. for Senior Night.