TOWSON, Md. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team came out on top twice Saturday at the Towson Invitational to improve to 8-1 on the season. The Buckeyes started the day getting by Missouri (7-2) in four sets (21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20) before cruising past Towson (3-7) in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-18).
The Scarlet & Gray went 3-0 over the weekend and extended its win streak to four matches. Vanja Bukilić had a .311 hitting percentage and averaged 4.00 kills per set on Saturday. Becca Mauer was instrumental in setting up the offense with 10.86 assists/set.
Four Buckeyes reached double figures in kills for the first time this season against Missouri. Lauren Witte and Bukilić paced the squad with 13 kills apiece. Mia Grunze (12) and Jordan Fry (11) rounded out the quartet.
Mauer chipped in 39 assists, nine digs, three blocks and two service aces. Hannah Gruensfelder dug 27 balls, dished six assists and served two aces while Fry tallied four blocks. Bia Franklin and Camry Halm had eight digs each. Despite a 25-21 hiccup in the first set, Ohio State outscored the Missouri by 14 points overall.
When the Buckeyes faced Towson, Bukilić recorded her sixth straight match in double-digit kills and tied her career high (15). Grunze hit .407 (12-1-27) against the Tigers for her third consecutive outing with 12 kills. Mauer surpassed the 30-plus assists mark once again with 37 helpers. Gruensfelder had 21 digs while Witte tallied four rejections at the net.
Ohio State ventures an hour west on I-70 next weekend (Sept. 14-15) to Dayton for the Flyer Invitational. The Buckeyes are slated to take on the host Flyers, Evansville and Tennessee.