Sept. 23, 2016
MADISON, Wis. – The No. 17 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team’s winning streak came to an end at four consecutive victories, dropping its Big Ten opener at No. 3 Wisconsin (9-1, 1-0 B1G). Thirteen different Buckeyes saw action in the 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 setback.
Ohio State (10-3, 0-1 B1G) fell victim to a 15- block effort by the Badgers. Thus, despite out-killing the opposition 39-37, the Buckeyes’ attacking efficiency came up short at .115 compared to .333 for Wisconsin.
Valeria León continued her quest to the peak of the all-time Ohio State career digs rankings. With 17 more digs added to her tally, León now owns 1,450 to her name. The school record belongs to 2004 National Player of the Year, Stacey Gordon, and her 1,572 grand total.
In addition to assisting on 28 kills, setter Taylor Hughes also put away a half dozen kills of her own on 13 swings. Luisa Schirmer posted a match-high 13 kills while Audra Appold joined her in the double-digit kills club, terminating 10.
Schirmer started out hot, bouncing half of her eight attempts for the kill and picking up three digs in the opening frame. Hughes got it done as well, pushing out 10 assists and finishing off kills on all four attacks. The tandem’s superb effort was ultimately spoiled though as the Badgers were triumphant, 25-16.
Set number two was tightly-contested, tied up on six different occasions. The final stalemate came at 11-11 before a four-point Wisconsin surge pushed the Badgers ahead 15-11. The UW edge would not be relinquished, jogging into intermission with a 25-19 winner.
Schirmer continued to fire away in the third, unleashing 14 attacks. She paced the Buckeyes with five kills in the frame. Ohio State was unable to overcome a 5-0 deficit to start the set, however, falling 25-17.
The Scarlet & Gray are back at it again Saturday (Sept. 23) night, scuffling with another top-3 opponent in the second-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-1, 1-0 B1G). First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET, broadcast by BTN Plus.