COLUMBUS – The Buckeyes women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 23-25, 15-11) thriller to the 3rd ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers in its last match at St. John Arena, it would be their 10th straight loss …. But, in a positive light – would be just the second team in the Big Ten to push the Gophers to five sets this season. The setback puts the Buckeyes at 12-18 overall and 3-15 in conference play while the Golden Gophers move to 24-2 overall and 18-0 in league action.
It was a night of career marks for the Buckeyes. Bia Franklin posted career highs in kills (16), points (20) and service aces (4) and combined it with 13 digs. Becca Mauer added a career-best 14.5 points and 13 kills with nine digs and two blocks. Olivia Dailey was all over the court as she hit .300 (5-2-10) and dished 53 assists, both career highs. Camry Halm dug a career-best 32 balls and handed out seven assists. Vanja Bukilić (12), Lauren Witte (10) and Adria Powell (8) also got in on the kills while Hannah Gruensfelder notched 14 digs.
SET 1: The Gophers started the match on a 6-1 rampage; although the Buckeyes responded by going on a 9-2 sprint to get ahead, 10-8. The two teams ended up trading points to lock-it-up at 23 apiece. Back-to-back kills by Franklin clinched the set for The Ohio State University, 25-23.
SET 2: Another thriller – back-and-forth war that sent the Golden Gophers to the sidelines in a time-our as the Buckeyes went up 19-18. Out of the break, the Gophers found their momentum – earning a 25-20 victory.
SET 3: The Buckeyes burned a timeout early as they trailed 15-7. Ohio State tried to hang in this one – but it wouldn’t be: Minnesota drove ahead for a 25-13 winner – making it all look easy.
SET 4: Neither the Buckeyes or the Golden Gophers were willing to give up anything in the opening of this frame. The Buckeyes fought hard to take a 17-14 lead, which sent Minnesota to its bench. The Golden Gophers cut the deficit to one – though, Vanja Bukilić came through with a pair of kills for a 25-23 decision.
SET 5: Minnesota jumped out to an early 8-5 advantage at the midpoint of the set. The Buckeye fought nicely to stay within reach – but came up short, 15-11.
The Buckeyes will wrap up the regular season on the road at Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Iowa (Nov. 24).