Nov. 30, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team captured a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 29-27) win at Iowa Saturday night to close out the 2013 regular season.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary led the Buckeyes (18-14, 6-14) with 25 kills and 10 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. Junior Taylor Sherwin notched her eighth double-double this year with 54 assists and 12 digs. Freshman Taylor Sandbothe had 15 kills, while senior Julianne Mandolfo added a team-high 14 digs. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits led the team with five blocks and had seven kills for 10 points.
Iowa (11-21, 2-18) was led by a pair of Hawkeyes in double-digit kills. Rachael Bedell had 14 kills, while Alex Lovell finished with 11 and added 13 digs. Libero Bethany Yeager totaled 14 digs for Iowa and Alessandra Dietz had a match-high seven blocks.
The Buckeyes captured a quick 5-1 advantage to start the first and pushed ahead for a 7-3 lead. The Hawkeyes battled back to come within a point at 9-8, but a pair of kills by Leary and an Iowa error put OSU up 12-8. More Hawkeye errors forced the team to take a timeout with the Buckeyes leading 16-12. A kill by Kacsits gave Ohio State set point and an Erin Sekinger kill sealed a 25-20 Buckeye win.
Solid play from Leary and Sandbothe led to another 5-1 lead for the Buckeyes to open set two. Ohio State forged ahead for an 11-4 advantage before Iowa took its first timeout of the set. A kill by Sandbothe and a Hawkeye error gave the Buckeyes a 17-8 lead. Iowa began to inch back with small runs and came within three at 23-20, but another Hawkeye error and a kill by Leary set the score 25-21 in Ohio State’s favor.
A kill from Leary and a Sandbothe service ace put the Buckeyes up 3-2 in the third. The Hawkeyes responded with an 8-0 run to jump out with an 11-5 lead. Kills from Sekinger and Sandbothe sliced the deficit to 15-11 in favor of Iowa. Kills from Leary and Sherwin brought the Buckeyes within two at 17-15. Back-to-back kills from Katie Mitchell kept Ohio State close at 21-19, but the home squad went on to win the set, 25-22.
A service ace by Leary and a kill from Sekinger gave the Buckeyes a 4-1 lead in set four. A Sandbothe kill sent Ohio State on a 5-1 run for an 11-6 lead to force an Iowa timeout. The Hawkeyes came back to take their first lead of the set at 14-13 before a three-point Buckeye rally pushed the squad up 21-18. Iowa regrouped to tie the set at 23 and take its first set point at 25-24. A Hawkeye error and a Sekinger service ace earned the Buckeyes their second set point and locked at 27, a kill from Leary followed by a Kacsits/Sherwin block locked a 29-27 victory.