Oct. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 20 Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to No. 1 Penn State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22), Wednesday night in St. John Arena. The loss moved Ohio State to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten play, while Penn State improved to 19-1 and 9-0 in the league.
Senior Emily Danks led the squad with 10 points, finishing with five kills, four service aces and a solo block. Junior Kaitlyn Leary had a team-best eight kills, while senior Mari Hole totaled six. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore had a match-high 17 digs and setter Amanda Peterson totaled 24 assists and nine digs with three block assists.
Katie Slay and Ariel Scott each had 13 kills for the Nittany Lions. Slay added three blocks (2s, 1a) and Scott finished with two (1s, 1a). Libero Dominique Gonzalez totaled 15 digs and setter Micha Hancock had 38 assists.
Two Penn State errors and a kill by Danks gave Ohio State an 8-6 lead in set one, but the Nittany Lions responded with a 6-1 run for a 12-9 advantage. Penn State pushed ahead for a 15-11 lead and back-to-back PSU kills forced an Ohio State timeout at 19-15. The Buckeyes came out of the timeout with three-straight kills to come within a point at 19-18. Penn State, however, held on for a 25-21 win.
The Nittany Lions took a quick 7-0 lead to open the second set. After a PSU error, three-straight kills by Leary and a Hole service ace brought the Buckeyes within at point at 7-6. Tied at 11-11, a 3-0 Penn State run led to at 14-11 advantage and another run set the score 19-15 PSU. The Nittany Lions finished the set on a 4-1 rally for a 25-19 win heading into the intermission.
The two squads battled to a 4-4 tie to start the third and exchanged points throughout the early part of the set. The Buckeyes led 11-10, but PSU went on a 4-0 rally for a 14-11 lead. The Buckeyes responded with the help of back-to-back Danks aces to tie it again at 14. A solo block by Danks and another by Hole gave Ohio State a 21-19 lead. However, Penn State finished the match on a 6-1 run to win 25-22.
Ohio State takes to the road again, traveling to Michigan State for a Saturday night match, Oct. 20. The Buckeyes and the Spartans face off at 6:30 p.m. ET in East Lansing.