Oct. 15, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 24th-ranked Ohio State (14-7overall, 4-4 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-16, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20) decision at No. 11 Purdue (16-3, 5-3) Saturday night in Holloway Gymnasium. OSU’s Mari Hole collected a team-high 16.5 points with 15 kills (.125), one solo block and one assist block. Kelli Barhorst added 13.5 points for the Buckeyes with 13 kills (.400) and one assist block. Purdue’s Ariel Turner posted a match-high 22 points in the match with 18 kills (.236), one ace serve and three solo blocks. Tiffany Fisher added 15.5 points for Purdue with 10 kills (.600), three ace serves, one solo block and three assist blocks.
With the first set tied at nine, a Emily Ehlers ace serve, two Catherine Rebarchak-Anna Drewry blocks and an OSU error gave Purdue a 13-9 lead. At 16-12, kills from Barhorst and Kaitlyn Leary cut the margin to two at 16-14. Purdue scored the next four points to open a 20-14 lead. At 21-15, a kill by Hole cut the lead to five at 21-16. A Katie Griffin kill, an OSU error and a kill from Turner gave Purdue set point at 24-16. Purdue won the set, 25-16 with a Rebarchak-Drewry block to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Purdue hit .281 for the set to .147 for OSU.
A Leary kill and a Purdue error opened set two with a 2-0 Ohio State lead. A Buckeye error made it 2-1. OSU took a 5-1 lead with a Hole kill and solo block and a Purdue error. At 8-4, blocks from Amanda Peterson and Barhorst and Peterson and Mariah Booth gave OSU a 10-4 lead. Ohio State expanded the lead to eight at 22-14 with a Emily Danks-Booth block. Trailing, 23-15, kills from Rebarchak and Turner cut the lead to six at 23-17. The Buckeyes earned set point at 24-17 with a Danks-Booth block. A Fisher kill stopped the set point at 24-18. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Hole, won the set, 25-18, to tie the match at one set each. OSU hit .367 for the set to .152 for Purdue.
Tied at one in the third set, two consecutive blocks by Rebarchak-Fisher and a solo block from Turner gave the Boilermakers a 3-1 lead. A Leary-Booth block cut the lead to 3-2. An OSU error, two Boilermaker solo blocks by Fisher and Turner and a Rachel Davis kill gave Purdue a 7-2 lead. The Boilermakers expanded the lead to 10 reaching set point at 24-14 with a Valerie Nichol kill. A Barhorst kill and a Purdue error stopped two set points at 24-16. A Kierra Jones kill ended the set at 25-16 for Purdue to give the Boilermakers a 2-1 lead in the match. Purdue hit .414 for the set to .054 for Ohio State.
Purdue broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth set with a Nichol kill and an OSU error for a 6-4 lead. A Barhorst kill made it 6-5. Two OSU errors, a Nichol-Jones block and a Jones solo block gave Purdue a 10-5 lead. The Boilermakers held the lead and reached match point at 24-20 with a Nichol-Jones block. Purdue, with a Nichol kill, won the set, 25-20, to win the match, 3-1. For the set, the Boilermakers hit .281 to .186 for Ohio State.
For the match, Purdue hit .278 to .181 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a 53-51 advantage in kills and a 51-45 margin in assists. OSU’s Peterson recorded a match-high 42 assists with Purdue’s Davis collecting 41. The Boilermaker’s had six ace serves to two for OSU with Purdue’s Fisher recording a match-high three. OSU gave up eight service errors to five for the Boilermakers. Defensively, OSU had a 55-52 advantage in digs. Buckeye Sarah Mignin posted a match-high 23 digs with Purdue’s Blair Bashen recording a team-high 16. At the net, the Boilermakers had a 17-8 margin in team blocks. Purdue’s Jones posted a match-high six blocks with a solo and five assist blocks.
Next week, Ohio State will play at No. 9 Penn State (13-5,6-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rec Hall and host Michigan State (15-5, 4-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena.
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