Oct. 6, 2012
The No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-23), Saturday evening on the road. The Buckeyes improved to 13-5 and 4-2 in the Big Ten.
After a service error by Northwestern tied the score at 5-5 in set one, Hole led the Buckeyes on a 5-0 run with a block and four consecutive kills to take a 10-5 lead. Ohio State continued to pull ahead of the Wildcats by going on a 6-1 run with two blocks from Danks and Faul to take a 17-8 advantage. A service ace by Jillian Bauer brought Ohio State to set point and a kill by Faul secured set one for the Buckeyes, 25-13.
Ohio State took a 3-0 lead to start set two, but the advantage was followed by a 6-3 Wildcat rally to tie the set at 6-6. A kill by Danks at the 12-14 mark triggered a 3-0 run for the Buckeyes with Kaitlyn Leary adding a block and a kill to go ahead 15-14 in set two. A service ace by Northwestern closed the gap to 20-19 after a 4-2 run by the Wildcats. Back and forth points from the Buckeyes and Wildcats concluded in an ace by Danks to clinch the second set, 25-23. This ace broke the Ohio State career ace record set by Lisa Bettio in 1985 and was the 208th of her career.
A kill by Andrea Kacsits prompted a 4-1 run by the Buckeyes to take a 6-3 lead in the third set. Back-to-back attack errors by the Buckeyes along with a kill by Northwestern tied the score at 15-15, forcing a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State responded with a 4-1 run highlighted by two kills from Hole to take a 19-16 advantage over the Wildcats. Leary notched a kill to bring the set to match point, 24-21. The Wildcats battled back to within one at 24-23, but a kill by Hole sealed the deal for the Buckeyes, 25-23.
The Buckeyes will return to Columbus to host Indiana and Purdue, Oct. 12-13 at St. John Arena. Both matches start at 7 p.m. ET and ticket information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.