September 29, 2017

Buckeyes Suffer First B1G Loss of 2017

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Sept. 29, 2017

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season with a 3-1 setback (25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22) at No. 23 Michigan (11-4, 1-2 B1G) Friday night. The Buckeyes move to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

With 43 assists on the night, Taylor Hughes passed Amanda Peterson (’09-12) to claim the eighth spot among the program’s all-time assists leaders with 2,765 career helpers.  

Luisa Schirmer had a double-double (17 kills, 11 digs) and Madison Smeathers notched 12 kills. Lauren Witte and Ashley Wenz finished with nine and eight kills, respectively. Hannah Gruensfelder picked up 24 digs while Hughes tallied 12.

SET 1: After tying the score at five to start the match, the Wolverines grabbed a lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 25-15 triumph. Smeathers and Schirmer buried four kills apiece but the Buckeyes struggled offensively behind a .073 hitting percentage.

SET 2: Ohio State started the second set down 9-4. The Scarlet & Gray battled back to lock the score at 17 but it wasn’t enough as Michigan pulled away for a 25-20 decision.

SET 3: The Buckeyes turned things around in the third. OSU totaled 18 kills and attacked .326. Smeathers killed five of her eight errorless attempts for a .625 clip. After the two teams traded points, the Buckeyes went ahead 19-15. Although the Wolverines pulled within one on multiple occasions, OSU fought to take a 25-22 win.

SET 4: Ohio State jumped out to a 17-11 lead to force a Michigan timeout. Back on the floor, the Wolverines tied the score twice before overpowering the Buckeyes for a 25-22 tally. U-M closed the set on a 14-5 run.

OSU has a quick turnaround as it heads to No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday (Sept. 30). First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET.