Oct. 18, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The #22 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team climbed out of a two-sets-to-none hole on the road at #14 Purdue and forced a fifth set. The Boilermakers remained in first place in the Big Ten standings by earning a 15-9 final set and moving to 7-1 in conference play (17-3 overall). Meanwhile, the Buckeyes now sit at 14-6, 5-3 after facing defeat for the first time since Sept. 28 at Wisconsin.
Ohio State dropped the first two sets 25-19, 25-17 before firing back with 25-23 and 25-17 winning tallies and extending the bout into a fifth and deciding frame.
Erin Sekinger tore up the Boilers for 18 kills at a .433 attacking clip. Tyler Richardson flashed an impressive stat line as well, terminating nine kills on 13 errorless swings (.692) to go along with five blocks (1s, 4a).
The opening set was locked up late at 18-all before back-to-back Boiler blocks ignited a 7-1 run to end it. Purdue owned a stronghold on the momentum throughout the second stanza en route to a 25-17 winner.
At 19-15 in the third frame, Ohio State had its back against the wall. Elizabeth Campbell swatted a kill and sparked the Buckeye comeback. It was a balanced offensive attack as four different Buckeyes put away three kills in the 25-23 set.
The offense went to a new level in set number four and hit an incinerating .536 to roll to a 25-17 triumph. Sekinger lit the scoreboard five times on six attacks while Richardson found hardware on all three swings and got in on three blocks.
The pair of top-25 squads split the first 10 points of set five, sitting at 5-5. That’s when the Boilers surged ahead for good though, snatching the next five tallies. Both offenses were running at high octane levels in the fifth, but Purdue’s .643 rate proved to be the difference.
St. John Arena opens its doors for a pair of Big Ten showdowns next weekend. The Scarlet & Gray will play host to Michigan State and Michigan (Oct. 24-25).