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Aug. 26, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio — –

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The 21st-ranked Ohio State (1-0 overall) women’s volleyball team, behind 12 kills from Kaitlyn Leary, defeated Valparaiso (0-1), 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-22) in the opening match of the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown, W.Va. Kelli Barhorst and Mari Hole added nine kills each for the Buckeyes. Valparaiso’s Katie Britton recorded a team-high 10 kills with Ellen Vanden Berg adding seven.

 Set one was tied at three when six Crusader errors and a kill from Hole opened a 10-3 Ohio State lead. At 15-9, a Vanden Berg block and an OSU error cut the Buckeye lead to four at 15-11. Ohio State held a 16-12 lead but after two OSU errors, the Crusaders trailed by two at 16-14. Kills from Leary and Hole made it 18-14. Trailing, 21-16 kills from Sarah Dooms and Britton forced an OSU time out at 21-18. Two Valparaiso errors and a Mariah Booth kill gave Ohio State set point at 24-18. The Crusaders held off four set points with kills from Janelle Hobbs, Britton and Vanden Berg and an OSU error to trail, 24-22. Ohio State, with a Leary kill, won the set, 25-22, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .149 for the set to .070 for Valparaiso.

Valparaiso opened set two with the first four points coming off kills from Lindsey Hauch and Jenny Pokorny and two OSU errors. Kills from Hole and Leary cut the Crusader lead to 4-2. A Vanden Berg kill made it 5-2. Kills from Booth and Leary cut the lead to one at 5-4. A Morgan Beil kill made it 6-4 Crusaders. OSU tied the set at six with a Leary kill and a Valparaiso error. The Buckeyes took a 7-6 lead off a Barhorst kill. The Crusaders tied the set at seven with a Dooms kill. Tied at 10, kills from Hole and Booth and a Crusader error gave Ohio State a 13-10 lead. Leading 15-12, a Britton kill cut the lead to two at 15-13. A Crusader error, a kill from Amanda Peterson and two ace serves from Emily Danks gave Ohio State a 19-13 lead. Two Buckeye errors cut the margin to 19-15. The Buckeyes, with kills from Leary, Peterson and Barhorst, a Barhorst-Hole block and a Valparaiso error reached set point at 24-15. A Buckeye error stopped the set point at 24-16. Ohio State, with a Crusader error, won the set, 25-16, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .394 for the set to .069 for Valparaiso.

Tied at two in set three, two kills from Britton gave Valparaiso a 4-2 lead. A kill from Leary and a Crusader error tied the set at four. Two kills from Barhorst gave OSU a 6-4 lead. Two OSU errors tied the set at six. A Leary kill and an ace serve from Danks made it 8-6, OSU. Trailing, 9-7, an OSU error and a Pokorny kill tied the set at nine. Tied at 12, two Vanden Berg kills and one from Britton gave Valparaiso a 15-12 lead. OSU trailed, 17-13, when kills from Leary, Danks and Barhorst cut the Crusader lead to one at 17-16. A Mary Dent kill made it 18-16 Valparaiso. Ohio State tied the set at 18 with a Leary kill and an ace serve from Danks. After ties at 19 and 20, a Buckeye error and a Pokorny-Hobbs block gave Valparaiso a 22-20 lead. A kill from Hole and a Hole-Booth block tied the set at 22. OSU took a 23-22 lead with a solo block by Peterson. A Crusader error gave Ohio State match point at 24-22. The Buckeyes, with a Hole kill, won the set, 25-22, to win the match, 3-0. In the set, Ohio State hit .074 to .024 for Valparaiso.

For the match, Ohio State hit .156 to .053 for Valparaiso. The Buckeyes had a 44-31 advantage in kills and a 38-28 margin in assists. OSU’s Peterson posted 32 assists with Pokorny recording 23 for the Crusaders. Danks recorded all four ace serves for OSU while the Buckeyes did not give up an ace serve. Valparaiso had a 56-49 margin in digs with Root recording a match-high 15 for the Crusaders and OSU’s Alyssa Winner posting a team-high 11 for Ohio State. At the net, OSU had a 6-4 advantage in team blocks. Sharing match-high honors with three blocks each were OSU’s Booth (three assists) and Peterson (one solo, two assists) and Crusader Vanden Berg (one solo, two assists).

Ohio State continues play today in the Mountaineer Invitational with a 5 p.m. match against New Hampshire. Saturday, the Buckeyes face Towson at 2:30 p.m. and play host West Virginia at 7:30 p.m. to complete their Invitational schedule.

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