Aug. 26, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 21st ranked Ohio State (2-0 overall) women’s volleyball team won a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-14) decision over New Hampshire (0-2) at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown, W. Va. OSU’s Mari Hole recorded a match-high 13 kills with Emily Danks adding 12 and Kaitlyn Leary 10 for the Buckeyes. Wildcat Morgan Thatcher had a team-high six kills for New Hampshire with Desiree Ates and Amy Keding adding five each.
OSU broke a 1-1 tie in set one with a Danks kill and a Wildcat error for a 3-1 lead. New Hampshire, with an Ates kill and a Lauren Laquerre-Keding block tied the set at three. OSU, with two kills from Hole and one from Kelli Barhorst took a 6-3 lead. At 7-5, OSU scored the next five points to open a 12-5 lead. The run included two kills from Leary, a Mariah Booth-Amanda Peterson block and two New Hampshire errors. Ohio State reached set point at 24-15 with a Danks-Booth block. An Ates kill stopped the set point at 24-16. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Hole, won the set, 25-16, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .308 for the set to .073.
With New Hampshire leading, 2-1 in set two, the Buckeyes scored the next five points to open a 6-3 lead. The run included kills by Hole and Barhorst, a Hole-Barhorst block and two New Hampshire errors. A Morgan Thatcher kill stopped the run at 6-3. The Buckeyes scored the next six points to open a 12-4 lead. Leary recorded three kills, Barhorst and Hole one each and a Barhorst solo block completed the run. OSU held the lead reaching set point with a kill by Danks at 24-17. New Hampshire stopped the set point with a Jessy Dick solo block at 24-18. A kill by Danks won the set, 25-18, to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .229 to .064 for the Wildcats.
Kills from Booth and Danks opened set three giving Ohio State a 2-0 lead. Leading, 5-4, a kill and solo block from Booth and a New Hampshire error made the Buckeye lead, 8-4. An Ates kill and a Buckeye error cut the margin to 9-6. Leading, 10-7, kills from Hole and Danks, a Barhorst solo block and an Alyssa Winner ace serve gave Ohio State a 14-7 lead. OSU held a six point lead at 17-11 and scored the next five points to take a 22-11 lead. The run included three kills by Hole, one by Leary and a Wildcat error. A Thatcher kill stopped the run at 22-12. An Amy Schwarzwalder kill and a Schwarzwalder-Booth block gave OSU match point at 24-13. New Hampshire stopped the match point with a Destiny Tolliver-Natalie Decker block at 24-14. The Buckeyes, with a Schwarzwalder kill, won the set, 25-14, to win the match, 3-0. For the set, Ohio State hit .297 to .031 for the Wildcats.
Ohio State hit .274 for the match to .058 for New Hampshire. The Buckeyes had a 51-25 advantage in kills and a 47-22 margin in assists. OSU’s Peterson recorded a match-high 42 assists while Wildcat Jansan Falcusan recorded 14. The Buckeyes had a two-to-one margin in ace serves with Hole and Winner serving aces for OSU and Tolliver one for the Wildcats. Defensively, Ohio State had a 66-48 advantage in digs with Sarah Mignin recording a match-high 18. Jessie Schnepp collected a team-high 18 for New Hampshire. At the net, OSU had a 7-6 edge in team blocks. Sharing match-high honors with four blocks each were OSU’s Booth (one solo, three assists) and New Hampshire’s Laquerre (four assists).
Ohio State continues play in the Mountaineer Invitational Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. match against Towson and will play host West Virginia at 7:30 p.m.
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