Aug. 29, 2015
LARAMIE, Wyo. — The No. 14 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team played six sets on Saturday at the Rumble in the Rockies, arising victorious in each. The Buckeyes outscored Butler and South Dakota by a combined 48 points in the back-to-back sweeps.
The day began with winning tallies of 25-15, 26-24, 25-18 over Butler before a 67-minute dismantling of South Dakota (25-13, 25-11, 25-22). Junior classmates Valeria León and Taylor Sandbothe each earned all-tournament recognition for their efforts over the weekend. León averaged 4.30 digs per set while Sandbothe accumulated 30 kills at a .385 attacking clip. Elizabeth Campbell nearly totaled 30 kills on Saturday alone, putting away 11 against the Bulldogs and another 18 terminations vs. USD.
Senior setter Emily Ruetter guided the offenseto hitting efficiencies of .308 and .385 against Butler and South Dakota, respectively. She dished out 66 assists in total and posted a double-double in the first tilt by virtue of her 10 digs and 30 assists. Audra Appold made an immediate impact in her first Buckeye weekend as well, drilling home 29 kills and putting forth six blocks (second highest on the team) in the event.
Campbell opened with a pair of kills to give OSU a 2-0 edge on Butler. The Buckeyes would not trail until the third frame. After facing an early 4-3 deficit in the final set, Ohio State snagged three consecutive points and remained on top the rest of the way.
Campbell really got it going in the nightcap, pounding 18 kills on 29 swings with just three errors (.517). Sandbothe was tough to stop as well, finding hardware on nine of 15 errorless attack attempts. Ruetter assisted 36 OSU kills, eight more than South Dakota accomplished as a team total. Ohio State tallied side-out percentages of 78, 72 and 78% in subsequent sets to effectively stifle most USD spurts.
St. John Arena opens its doors for the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic next weekend (Sept. 5-6) in Columbus. Ohio State will welcome in Florida State for a pair and take on Northern Illinois Saturday (Sept. 5).