October 18, 2017

Buckeyes Downed in Straight Sets by No. 5 Minnesota

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Oct. 18, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team rallied late but it was not enough as it dropped a 3-0 decision (25-15, 25-20, 25-18) to No. 5 Minnesota on Wednesday night at St. John Arena. The loss moves the Buckeyes to 11-9 overall and 4-5 in Big Ten play while the Golden Gophers improve to 18-2 (7-2 B1G).

Ashley Wenz led the offensive attack for the fourth straight match thanks to 10 kills and paired it with seven digs. Taylor Hughes chipped in 24 assists and Luisa Schirmer tallied nine kills. On defense, Hannah Gruensfelder collected a match-high 21 digs and Ana Beatriz Franklin had 10. Lauren Witte came up with six blocks, including two solo rejections, while four other Buckeyes had two blocks apiece.

SET 1: Minnesota quickly went ahead 17-4 to start the match. The Buckeyes tried to get back in the swing of things with a 7-2 run to extend the rally but came up short, 25-15.

SET 2: Wenz hit .455 in the second set with six kills on 11 attempts and one error. The two teams tied the score eight times before the Gophers went up 17-11. A pair of Minnesota errors and a Wenz kill cut the deficit to three, 19-16. Unfortunately, the visitors pulled away for a 25-20 win.

SET 3: A Hughes-Witte block tied the third at 9-all. Minnesota reclaimed the lead, 14-10, to force an OSU timeout. Back on the floor, the Gophers continued to build on their advantage to take the set, 25-18.

The Buckeyes are back in action on Sunday, Oct. 22 against Michigan. The match will be live on ESPNU at 1 p.m. ET.