Sept. 2, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State picked up a pair of wins Saturday (Sept. 2) at St. John Arena to improve to 4-2 on the young season. The Buckeyes started the day by getting past Oakland (3-3) in four sets (25-14, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23) before storming past Lipscomb (4-2) in straight sets (25-19, 27-25, 25-15).
Missouri State was crowned champions of the 2017 Sports Imports D.C. Koehl classic based on a ‘most sets won’ tiebreaker with Lipscomb and Ohio State. All three squads posted match records of 2-1 while Oakland came in at 0-3.
Junior classmates Audra Appold and Taylor Hughes were named to the all-tournament team. Appold racked up 49 points over the weekend, attacking .388 on 46 kills. Hughes did a little bit of everything, stuffing the stat sheet with per set averages of 10.91 assists, 3.45 digs, 1.73 kills and .91 blocks while swinging .472 (19-2-36).
The Buckeyes stuffed their opposition at a 4.00 blocks per set rate on Saturday, rejecting Oakland a dozen times followed by 16 sent back in the three-setter over Lipscomb. Witte was a part of 13 blocks on the day.
Three players posted double-digit kills against Oakland (Appold 13, Schirmer 10, Wenz 13) and three did the same for digs (Hughes 16, Gruensfelder 15, Schirmer 13). Despite a 25-19 hiccup in the second set, Ohio State out-scored the Golden Grizzlies by 13 points overall.
Lipscomb mustered a .055 teamm attacking efficiency, victimized by the 16 Buckeye blocks and 57 digs. Appold lifted the offense, blasting 18 kills with a .441 hitting percentage. She also paced the squad in digs (14) for a double-double. The Buckeyes sandwiched an exciting 27-25 second-set win with a pair of lopsided triumphs in the first and third. Ohio State fended off two LU set-points to comeback for the 27-25 winner. The first and last frames weren’t so dramatic, ending in 25-19 and 25-15 edges for the Scarlet & Gray.
Ohio State ventures south next weeknd (Sept. 8-9), competing in the Coastal Carolina Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Buckeyes are slated to face the host Chanticleers, Notre Dame and FIU.