Sept. 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team hosted No. 3 Nebraska Saturday night and dropped a 3-1 (17-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-14) match to the Huskers in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes dropped to 10-4 on the season and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska improved to 9-2 and 1-1 in the league.
Senior Mari Hole had a match-high 14 kills and added 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Junior Kaitlyn Leary totaled 10 kills, while Davionna DiSalvatore had 10 digs. Senior Emily Danks had six kills, five digs and a match-high three service aces for the Buckeyes.
Nebraska’s Morgan Broekhuis led the squad with 12 kills, while Gina Mancuso added 10 kills and nine digs. Setter Lauren Cook had 35 assists with 10 digs and Hannah Werth finished with eight kills and 10 digs.
The Huskers took a 6-3 advantage to start the first, before a service ace and kill from Amanda Peterson led to 6-6 tie. A Kill by Mariah Booth locked the set at 10 apiece and the Buckeyes went on a three-point run for a 13-10 advantage. Up two at 15-13, a kill by Danks led to a 4-1 Buckeye run a 19-14 lead and back-to-back aces by Danks gave Ohio State a 25-17 set win.
After the two squads exchanged points began set two, the Huskers grabbed a 9-5 lead to force a Buckeye timeout. A kill by Booth brought the Ohio State within three at 11-8. However, Nebraska closed out the set on a 11-2 run for a 25-12 victory.
A four-point run led to an 11-4 Nebraska advantage to send Ohio State to a timeout. A kill by Hole and a Peterson ace set the score 12-7 in favor of the Huskers. Down six at 16-10, four-straight Nebraska errors brought the Buckeyes within two at 16-14, but the Huskers pulled away and captured the set, 25-20.
A kill by Leary and a Husker error tied the fourth set at 3-3 before Nebraska opened up on a 6-1 run for a 10-5 lead. The Huskers put together a 9-1 run for a 21-10 advantage and the team took the match with a 25-14 win.
The Buckeyes take to the road for the first time in Big Ten play, traveling to No. 12 Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ohio State faces the Gophers Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. ET in Minneapolis. The match will be broadcast live on BTN. The Buckeyes and the Badgers square off Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET in Madison.