Oct. 30, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State (16-9 overall, 6-6 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team dropped the first set to Iowa (11-14, 1-11) before taking control for a 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-16) victory Sunday afternoon in front of 1,048 fans in St. John Arena. OSU’s Mari Hole posted a match-high 21 points with a match-high 19 kills (317) and two ace serves. Emily Danks and Kaitlyn Leary each recorded 14.5 points for the Buckeyes with Danks collecting 12 kills (.250), one ace serve and three assist blocks and Leary 13 kills (.286), one solo block and one assist block. Iowa’s Chante’ Thompson had a team-high 10.5 points for the Hawkeyes with eight kills (.333), one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block. Nikki Dailey collected 8.5 points for Iowa with eight kills (.615) and one assist block.
Iowa overcame an 8-4 Buckeye lead in the first set with a five point run to take a 9-8 lead. Emily Danks, with a kill, tied the set at nine. At 10-all, a Mallory Husz kill and solo blocks from Husz and Megan Eskew gave Iowa a 13-10 lead. Two Buckeye kills from Hole, one from Danks, a Kelli Barhorst-Leary block, a Leary solo block and a Hawkeye error gave Ohio State a 16-13 lead. A kill from Husz and an OSU error made it 16-15. A Leary kill made it 17-15. Iowa tied the set at 17 with a Tiffany Nilges kill and an OSU error. Tied at 21, an Alex Lovell kill and an OSU error gave the Hawkeyes a 23-21 lead. A Hole kill made it 23-22. Iowa reached set point with a kill from Lovell. A Leary kill stopped the set point at 24-23. The Hawkeyes, with an OSU error, won the set, 25-23, for a 1-0 lead in the match. Iowa hit .270 for the set to 200 for Ohio State.
After a Mariah Booth kill in set two, a Lovell kill, an OSU error and a Nilges-Husz block gave the Hawkeyes a 3-1 lead. A Danks kill and errors by both teams made it 4-3 Iowa. A Thompson kill gave the Hawkeyes a 5-3 lead. OSU kills from Leary and Barhorst tied the set at five. Kills from Eskew and Leary made it six-all. OSU took an 8-6 lead with kills from Leary and Barhorst. At 15-13, a Thompson kill and an OSU error tied the set at 15. Tied at 16, kills from Hole and Booth and a Booth-Taylor Sherwin block gave OSU a 19-16 lead. A Lowell kill made it 19-17. OSU closed out the set with six straight points. The run began a Booth kill and three consecutive kills from Hole to make the score 23-17. A Booth-Danks block gave OSU set point at 24-17. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-17, with a kill from Booth to tie the match at one set each. OSU hit .348 for the set to .122 for Iowa.
Iowa trailed 4-2 in the third set before a Thompson kill and an OSU error tied the set at four. The Hawkeyes, with a Thompson kill and an OSU error, took a 6-4 lead. At 7-5, a Hawkeye error and a kill from Hole tied the set at seven. At 13-all, kills from Peterson and Booth gave OSU a 15-13 lead. Iowa tied the set at 15 with a Nikki Dailey kill and a Dailey-Husz block. OSU kills from Hole and Booth and a Booth-Danks block gave the Buckeyes an 18-15 lead. Leading, 19-16, kills from Danks, Leary and Hole and a Hole ace serve made it 23-16 OSU. A kill from Danks gave OSU set point at 24-16. Iowa stopped the set point at 24-17 with a kill from Husz. Ohio State, with a Booth-Danks block, won the set, 25-17, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .256 for the set to .184 for Iowa.
Tied at four in the fourth set, the Buckeyes scored the next six points to open a 10-4 lead. The run included two kills from Leary, one each by Barhorst and Hole, a Peterson-Barhorst block and an ace serve from Danks. At 17-9, a kill from Nilges and three OSU errors cut the lead to 17-13. A Booth kill and a Sarah Mignin ace serve took the lead to 19-13. A Thompson kill and a Thompson-Lovell block made it 19-15. OSU took the lead to 21-15 with kills from Danks and Peterson. A Dailey kill made it 21-16. A kill from Peterson, an Iowa error and a kill from Barhorst gave Ohio State match point at 24-16. A second Barhorst kill won the set, 25-16, for Ohio State and gave the Buckeyes a 3-1 victory for the match. For the set, Ohio State hit .370 to .074 for the Hawkeyes.
Ohio State hit .288 for the match to .168 for Iowa. The Buckeyes had a 69-40 advantage in kills and a 65-40 edge in assists. OSU’s Peterson posted a match-high 41 assists with Sherwin adding 15. Iowa’s Dailey recorded a team-high 29. Ohio State had a 5-1 advantage in aces with Hole and Mignin sharing match-high honors with two each. Iowa gave up six service errors to five for OSU. Defensively, OSU had a 79-56 margin in digs. Iowa’s Bethany Yeager posted a match-high 17 digs with OSU’s Mignin collecting a team-high 15. The Buckeyes had a 7-6 edge in team blocks. Booth posted a match-high four assist blocks for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State begins two weeks of road contests next week with matches at Wisconsin (13-11, 5-7) Friday and 15th-ranked Minnesota (13-8, 6-6) Saturday.
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