Oct. 2, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 24th-ranked Ohio State (12-5 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team fell, 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-10) to Wisconsin (10-6, 2-2) Sunday evening in St. John Arena in front of 1,215 fans. OSU’s Emily Danks posted a match-high 16.5 points with 14 kills (.220), two ace serves and one assist block. Mari Hole added 12 points for the Buckeyes with 11 kills (.000) and two assist blocks. Wisconsin’s Crystal Graff recorded a team-high 15 points with 14 kills (.282) and one ace serve while Alexis Mitchell added 13 points with 12 kills (.409) and two assist blocks.
Wisconsin opened set one with a kill from Graff, two from Mitchell and an OSU error for a 4-0 lead. The Badgers held the lead for the set reaching set point at 24-16 off an OSU error. A second Buckeye error ended the set at 25-16 to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Wisconsin hit .302 for the set to .119 for Ohio State.
Tied at one in the second set, a Kelli Barhorst kill gave Ohio State a 2-1 lead. A Courtney Thomas kill tied the set at two. Kills from Dominique Thompson and Thomas made it 4-2. A Badger error cut the margin to 4-3. A Thompson kill, a Mitchell-Ellen Chapman block and an ace serve from Thomas gave Wisconsin a 7-4 lead. OSU could only cut the lead to two, three times, the last at 20-18. Two kills from Graff and two OSU errors gave Wisconsin set point at 24-18. The Buckeyes stopped two set points with a kill from Hole and a Badger error to make it 24-20. Wisconsin, with a kill from Mitchell, won the set, 25-20, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. For the set, Wisconsin hit .389 to .213 for the Buckeyes.
Kills from Danks and Graff tied set three at one-all. OSU scored the next four points to open a 5-1 lead. The run included kills from Kaitlyn Leary, Barhorst and Danks and an ace serve from Danks. A Chapman kill stopped the run but the Buckeyes scored the next five points off three Wisconsin errors, a Barhorst-Hole block and a Barhorst kill to open a 10-2 lead. The Buckeyes expanded the lead to nine at 20-11 before two OSU errors, a Julie Mikaelsen-Thompson block and a Mikaelsen kill made it 20-15. A Hole kill stopped the run at 21-15. A Mikaelsen kill and two OSU errors made it 21-18. Leading, 23-20, OSU reached set point at 24-20 with a Leary kill. Wisconsin stopped the set point at 24-21 with a kill by Mitchell. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Amanda Peterson, won the set, 25-21, to cut the Badger lead in the match to 2-1. OSU hit .294 for the set to .265 for Wisconsin.
Ohio State opened the fourth set with a Mariah Booth kill, a Booth-Danks block and two Wisconsin errors for a 4-0 lead. An OSU error and a kill from Mitchell cut the margin to 4-2. A kill from Danks made it 5-2. Wisconsin, with a Mikaelsen kill, a Mitchell-Thomas block and a Janelle Gabrielsen ace serve tied the set at five. The run continued with a Graff kill and an OSU error for a 7-5 Wisconsin lead. Kills from Danks and Mitchell made it 8-6. OSU tied the set at eight with a Barhorst-Peterson block and a solo block from Peterson. The score advanced thru nine ties to reach 18-all. Kills from Thompson and Chapman gave the Badgers a 20-18 lead. A Barhorst solo block and a Chapman kill made it 21-19. Wisconsin, with a Thompson solo block, an OSU error and a Thomas ace serve reached match point at 24-19. OSU stopped the match point with a Peterson kill. The Badgers, with an OSU error, won the set, 25-20, to win the match, 3-1. The Badgers hit .194 for the set to .057 for Ohio State.
Wisconsin hit .292 for the match to .171 for Ohio State. The Badgers had a 61-51 advantage in kills and a 59-48 margin in assists. OSU’s Peterson posted a match-high 40 assists while Wisconsin’s Gabrielsen had 28 and Thomas, 24. The Badgers had a 5-2 edge in ace serves with Thomas posting a match-high three for the Badgers and OSU’s Danks recording two. The Badgers gave up six service errors to three for OSU. Defensively, Wisconsin had a 70-59 advantage in digs. Buckeye Sarah Mignin recorded a match-high 24 digs with Wisconsin’s Annemarie Hickey recording a team-high 22. In team blocks, Ohio State had an 11-5 advantage with OSU’s Barhorst recording a match-high seven blocks with three solos and four assists.
Ohio State completes a four-match home stand next weekend with contests against top-ranked Illinois (15-0, 4-0) and Northwestern (10-5, 1-3). OSU faces Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday in a match that will be delayed televised by the Big Ten Network at noon Saturday, Oct. 8. The Buckeyes then host Northwestern at 6 p.m. Saturday with both matches in St. John Arena.
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