Oct. 13, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team hosted No. 17 Purdue Saturday in St. John Arena and fell to the Boilermakers, 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23), to drop to 14-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten.
Senior Mari Hole notched 13 kills in the match along with 10 digs to mark her 10th double-double of the season. Hole also had her 19th double-digit kill performance of the year. Junior Kaitlyn Leary totaled 10 kills, while Emily Danks added nine. Danks led the field with four service aces in the match, tying a season-high.
Middle blocker Mariah Booth had a season-high seven blocks (1s, 6a) for Ohio State and had six kills. Libero Davionna DiSalvatore totaled 19 digs, while senior Amanda Peterson had her fifth double-double of the year, recording 22 assists and 13 digs.
Purdue (14-5, 5-3) was led by senior Ariel Turner with 16 kills and 12 digs with five blocks (2s, 3a). Catherine Rebarchak had 10 kills and libero Carly Cramer finished with 16 digs. Middle blockers Kierra Jones and Anna Drewry had six blocks and five blocks, respectively.
The Buckeyes took a quick 3-0 lead to start set one, but the Boilermakers responded to lock the set at 5-5. A trio of two-point Purdue runs pushed the visitors ahead to 11-9 before Ohio State followed with a run to tie the set at 13-13. Purdue rattled off a 5-1 run for an 18-14 advantage and the squad closed out the set with a 25-19 win.
A 7-0 Purdue run led to an 8-3 lead for the Boilermakers to open the second set. Another rally gave Purdue a 15-8 lead before a kill by Danks and a pair of Purdue errors cut the score to five points at 16-11. The Boilermakers, however, pushed a 9-4 run for a 25-15 set win.
A pair of kills by Booth and a Danks service ace to a 5-1 lead for Ohio State in set three. A Peterson/ Andrea Kacsits block gave the Buckeyes a 7-2 advantage and another run set the score 11-6 in favor of Ohio State. Kills by Kacsits and Danks led to a 20-12 lead to force a Purdue timeout. The Boilermakers rebounded with a run to cut the Buckeye lead, but the squad held for a 25-20 set win.
Purdue took a 6-3 advantage in the final set, but the Buckeyes locked the set at 8-8. A kill and service ace by Danks gave Ohio State a 12-10 lead and a Booth/Peterson block forced a Purdue timeout at 14-10. The Boilermakers responded to tie it up at 15 apiece and the two teams battled back and forth until the end of the set. Tied at 21 apiece, Purdue utilized a pair of two-point rallies to take the match with a 25-23 win.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Wednesday, hosting No. 1 Penn State at 8 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on BTN. Ticket information is available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.