Oct. 7, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s volleyball team made quick work of Rutgers for a straight-set sweep (25-15, 25-12, 26-24) Saturday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes moved to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play while Rutgers dropped to 5-13 (0-6 B1G).
Ashley Wenz was the key to OSU’s offense with a career-high 18 kills. Taylor Hughes handed out 28 assists and Hannah Gruensfelder tallied 11 digs. The duo served up four aces each, a career mark for Gruensfelder. Luisa Schirmer added six kills, followed by Lauren Witte and Ana Beatriz Franklin with five apiece.
The Buckeyes held the Scarlet Knights to a .038 attacking percentage (21-18-80).
Set 1: Ohio State used a 9-0 sprint to jump out to a 14-2 advantage in the opening set. Rutgers managed to cut the deficit to six, 19-13, but the Buckeyes pounded their way to a 25-15 win.
Set 2: Wenz posted six kills on eight error-free attempts for a .750 clip in the stanza. It was much of the same as OSU went up 10-2 early. The Scarlet Knights didn’t stand much of a chance as a Gruensfelder ace pushed the lead to 22-10. A service error by Rutgers ended the set with the Buckeyes on top, 25-12.
Set 3: The match got interesting in the third. Rutgers called a timeout after the Buckeyes went ahead 11-5. Back on the floor, the Scarlet Knights showed signs of life as they chipped away at Ohio State’s lead to tie the score at 23 apiece. A kill by Franklin and error by Rutgers initially ended the match but the visitor’s challenge of the play resulted in the call being overturned, bringing the score to 24 each. Back-to-back kills from Schirmer wrapped things up, 26-24.