Sep 6, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team earned its second Top 20 victory of the day with a 3-1 (27-29, 26-24, 25-14, 25-20) win over No. 15 and tournament host Florida State at the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational Friday evening.
The Buckeyes (5-0) were led offensively by senior Kaitlyn Leary with a career-high 27 kills in the match. The Parma, Ohio, native has recorded 20 or more kills in all five matches this season. Freshmen Taylor Sandbothe and Kylie Randall had 11 kills each for Ohio State and sophomore Andrea Kacsits added eight.
Defensively, Ohio State limited the Seminoles (2-2) to a .158 attack percentage on the night. Senior libero Julianne Mandolfo had a team-best 18 digs, while junior setter Taylor Sherwin finished with nine. The Buckeye blockers were led by Anna Faul and Sandbothe with five (1s, 4a) apiece.
Florida State’s Elise Walch had a team-best 12 kills, while her sister Nicole added nine. Katie Mosher led all student-athletes with 22 digs and Ashley Neff finished with seven blocks (2s, 5a).
Locked at eight in set one, a three-point Seminole run forced Ohio State to take its first timeout at 11-8. A kill by Sherwin and a Kacsits service ace tied the score at 13 apiece and a 3-0 Buckeye run gave the visitors a 20-17 lead. FSU bounced back and reached its first set point at 24-22. The Seminoles capitalized on Buckeye errors at the end set to win the first, 29-27.
Kills from Sandbothe and Sherwin led to a 5-3 lead to start set two. A Leary kill sent the Buckeyes on a four-point run to take a 13-10 lead, but FSU rallied to tie it up at 16 apiece. At 22-22, kills by Leary and Kacsits gave Ohio State set point and back-to-back kills from Randall pushed the Buckeyes to a 26-24 win.
Ohio State benefitted from early Seminole errors to jump out to a 5-1 lead in the third set. More FSU errors pushed the Buckeyes ahead at 8-4 and an 8-1 Ohio State run gave the team to a 20-9 advantage. A kill from Sherwin sealed a 25-14 victory.
Back-to-back Leary kills and a Valeria León service ace gave Ohio State an early 7-4 lead in the fourth. A Randall kill followed by a Randall/Faul block set the score 12-7 before the Seminoles began to chip away at the Buckeye lead. FSU came within a point at 17-16, but another Randall/Faul block triggered a 6-1 Ohio State run and a kill from Leary gave the team a 25-20 win.
Ohio State closes out the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational Saturday with a 12 p.m. match vs. Florida Gulf Coast.