Sept. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup with a three-set loss (26-24, 25-22, 25-20) to No. 18 Pepperdine Friday at the Athletics/Alumni Center in Houston. The Buckeyes fell to 8-2 overall, while the Waves improved to 8-3 on the season.
Senior Mari Hole notched her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 11 kills and 10 digs in the match. Senior Emily Danks totaled 10 kills and added two service aces, while classmate Amanda Peterson had 21 assists for the Buckeyes. Junior Kaitlyn Leary tallied eight kills and sophomore Alyssa Winner had a season-high 11 digs.
Jazmine Orozco and Katie Messing finished with 13 kills each to lead Pepperdine, while Victoria Adelhelm added 10. Orozco totaled a match-high 14 digs and setter Kellie Woolever notched 40 assists and 12 digs.
The two squads exchanged points at the start of set one before a three-point Wave run gave Pepperdine an 11-8 advantage. Ohio State put together a run of its own, tying the set at 15-15 on a kill by Leary. Both teams battled back and forth for the lead until a little lift put the Waves ahead again at 20-19. The Buckeyes locked it up at 21-21 and again at on a Jillian Bauer service ace at 24-24. However, Pepperdine was able to secure the set with a 26-24 victory.
The Waves took a quick lead to kick off the second set, going up 9-4. A kill by Danks triggered a 5-0 Ohio State run to tie the set at 11 apiece, but Pepperdine pulled away again and took a 15-12 advantage to force a Buckeye timeout. The Waves went up by as much as six at 20-14 before a kill by Erin Sekinger and back-to-back service aces from Anna Faul cut the Wave lead to one at 20-19. A 4-1 Pepperdine run closed out the set, giving the Waves a 25-22 set win.
The third set opened just as the second with Pepperdine gaining an early advantage, 7-2. A Danks/Andrea Kacsits block followed by a kill by Hole locked the score at 10-10, but once again the Waves pulled away for a 16-12 lead. Another run towards the end of the match sealed the win, giving Pepperdine a 25-20 victory.
Ohio State returns to the Athletics/Alumni Center Saturday, facing No. 11 Florida State at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes close out the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup Saturday night, taking on host Houston at 8:30 p.m. ET.