Oct. 28, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State (15-9 overall, 5-6 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team lost a 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17) decision to No. 1 ranked Nebraska (18-1, 11-0) Friday night in St. John Arena in front of 1,833 fans. OSU’s Mari Hole posted a team-high 15 points with 15 kills (.263) with Mariah Booth adding 12 points with nine kills (.353), a solo block and four assists. Nebraska’s Morgan Broekhuis recorded a match-high 19.5 points with 18 kills (.359), one ace serve and one assist block. Gina Mancuso added 16.5 points for the Cornhuskers with 14 kills (.306), one ace serve, one solo block and one assist block.
With the first set tied at one, Buckeye kills from Booth and Kaitlyn Leary, a Nebraska error and a Leary-Booth block gave OSU a 5-1 lead. Trailing, 9-5, the Cornhuskers scored the next six points to take an 11-9 lead. OSU trailed, 13-11, when kills from Booth, Danks and Leary, two Nebraska errors and a Danks-Booth block helped the Buckeyes to a 17-13 lead. OSU held a 21-17 lead when a Broekhuis kill and a Buckeye error cut the margin to two at 21-19. A kill from Danks, a Nebraska error and a solo block from Booth gave OSU set point at 24-19. The Buckeyes, with a Kelli Barhorst ace serve, won the set, 25-19, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .308 for the set to .061 for Nebraska.
Tied at three in the second set, a Nebraska error and an Amanda Peterson-Barhorst block gave OSU a 5-3 lead. A Broekhuis kill made it 5-4. Buckeye kills from Hole and Booth, a Booth-Peterson block and a Cornhusker error opened a 9-4 Ohio State lead. At 13-8, a kill from Danks gave OSU a six point lead at 14-8. Nebraska kills from Hannah Werth and Brooke Delano and a Lara Dykstra ace serve cut the margin to 14-11. A Leary kill stopped the run at 15-11. Trailing, 19-15, Nebraska scored four straight points with two kills from Mancuso, one from Werth and an OSU error to tie the set at 19. Booth, with a kill, gave OSU a 20-19 lead. At 21-20, two OSU errors made it 22-21 Nebraska. Kills from Broekhuis and Hayley Thramer gave Nebraska set point at 24-21. OSU stopped the set point at 24-22 with a Booth kill. Nebraska, with a Broekhuis kill, won the set, 25-22, to tie the match at one set each. The Cornhuskers hit .271 for the set to .333 for the Buckeyes.
After a Nebraska error opened the third set, the Cornhuskers scored the next five points to take a 5-1 lead. A Leary kill stopped the run and two ace serves from Sarah Mignin cut the lead to 5-4. Trailing, 9-7, a Hole kill and a solo block from Danks tied the set at nine. Nebraska, with a kill from Mancuso and a Thramer solo block regain the lead at 11-9. OSU would cut the lead to one at 16-15 with a kill from Hole but a Broekhuis kill and a Werth ace serve gave Nebraska an 18-15 lead. The Cornhuskers, with a kill from Werth, reached set point at 24-19. Nebraska won the set, 25-19, with a Werth-Delano block to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Cornhuskers hit .345 for the set to .100 for Ohio State.
A kill from Hole and a Nebraska error opened the fourth set with a 2-0 Buckeye lead. Trailing, 5-3, a Broekhuis kill and an OSU error tied the set at five. After several ties, the score was 10-all. Kills from Broekhuis and Werth gave Nebraska a 12-10 lead. At 15-13, a Leary kill cut the lead to one at 15-14. Nebraska, with kills from Delano, Mancuso and Thramer, a Paige Hubl ace serve and a Mancuso solo block opened a 20-14 Cornhusker lead. A Leary kill stopped the run at 20-15. Kills from Thramer and Mancuso made it 22-15 Nebraska. Buckeye kills from Barhorst and Hole and one from Mancuso moved the score to 23-17. Nebraska reached match point at 24-17 with a Broekhuis-Thramer block. The Cornhuskers, with a Werth-Delano block, won the set, 25-17, to win the match, 3-1. Nebraska hit .444 for the set to .290 for OSU. For the match, Nebraska hit .281 to .262 for the Buckeyes.
The Cornhuskers had a 62-51 advantage in kills and a 57-51 margin in assists. Lauren Cook recorded a match-high 47 assists for Nebraska while Peterson had a team-high 34 for the Buckeyes with Taylor Sherwin adding 10. The Cornhuskers had a 7-4 margin in ace serves with NU’s Werth and OSU’s Mignin sharing match-high honors with two each. Nebraska gave up seven service errors to two for the Buckeyes. Defensively, OSU had a 53-48 advantage in digs with OSU’s Mignin recording a match-high 16 and Werth collecting a team-high 13 for the Cornhuskers. The Buckeyes had an 8-7 edge in team blocks with Booth recording a match-high five with a solo and four assists. Delano had a team-high four assists for Nebraska.
Ohio State completes the home stand at 1 p.m. Sunday in St. John Arena when they host Iowa (11-13, 1-10).
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