Aug. 27, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 21st ranked Ohio State (3-0 overall) women’s volleyball team won a third consecutive match at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown, W.Va. with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-19) victory over Towson (1-1) Saturday afternoon. OSU’s Kaitlyn Leary posted a match-high 14.5 points with 14 kills (.522) and one assist block. Emily Danks added 13.5 points with 11 kills (.440), one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Katy Buck posted a team-high 14 points for Towson with 14 kills (.184) with Marta Machos adding five points on five kills (.167).
After four early ties in set one, Ohio State trailed 7-6 before a Mari Hole kill tied the set at seven. The Buckeyes continued the run scoring the next five points to open a 12-7 lead. The run contained two kills from Hole, kills from Mariah Booth and Danks and a Tiger error. At 15-9, two kills from Buck and an OSU error cut the lead to three at 15-12. Errors by both squads cut the margin to two at 16-14. Leading, 18-16, a Kill by Hole, a solo block from Danks and a Booth-Hole block opened a 21-16 lead. Towson responded with a Marla Machos kill and with an OSU error made it 21-18. Kills from Danks and Booth forced a Towson time out at 23-18. Ohio State reached set point at 24-18 with a Leary kill. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-18, with an ace serve from Hole to take a 1-0 lead in the match. For the set, Ohio State hit .209 to .117 for Towson.
Towson opened set two with a 3-0 lead with two kills from Buck and one from Aubrey Kirven. Kills from Danks and Buck made it 4-1. Back-to-back kills from Leary cut the Tiger lead to one at 4-3. An I’ishah Keliikeo kill made it 5-3 Towson. Ohio State used a six point run to take a 9-5 lead. The run began with a Leary kill, a Tiger error and an ace serve from Danks to take a 6-5 lead. Buckeye kills from Leary and Kelli Barhorst and a Barhorst-Leary block completed the run. Leading, 11-8, kills by Amanda Peterson and Hole, a Peterson ace serve and a solo block by Hole gave Ohio State a 14-8 lead. OSU expanded the lead reaching set point at 24-16 off a Towson error. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-18, with a Peterson kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .469 for the set to .171 for the Tigers.
Towson, with an OSU error and a Dayane Van Ass kill opened set three with a 2-0 lead. OSU responded with a kill from Danks and with a Tiger error, tied the set at two. Two kills from Machos and an OSU error gave Towson a 5-2 lead. At 6-3, kills from Leary and Peterson and an OSU error made it 7-5 Tigers. At 8-6, two Tiger errors tied the set at eight. Tied at nine, a Buckeye error gave Towson a 10-9 lead. A Booth kill tied the set at 10. Two Towson errors, a Leary kill and a Danks-Peterson block gave Ohio State a 14-10 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead to reach match point at 24-18 with a Barhorst kill. Towson stopped match point at 24-19 with a kill from Buck. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Peterson, won the set, 25-19, winning the match, 3-0. Ohio State hit .393 for the set to .148 for the Tigers. For the match, Ohio State hit .340 to .117 for Towson.
OSU had a 48-32 advantage in kills and a 45-32 margin in assists. OSU’s Peterson posted a match-high 45 assists with Towson’s Aubrey Kirven recording 26. The Buckeyes had a 3-0 edge in ace serves with Danks, Hole and Peterson recording one each. Defensively, OSU had a 43-36 advantage in digs with Buckeye Sarah Mignin posting a match-high 15. Towson’s Paige Sekerak posted a team-high 10. At the net, Ohio State recorded seven total blocks with Towson being shut out. Peterson posted a match-high three assist blocks for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State completes play in the Mountaineer Invitation at 7 p.m. Saturday against host West Virginia.
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