Oct. 8, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 25th-ranked Ohio State (13-6 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team won a 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-14, 25-20) victory over Northwestern (10-7, 1-5) in front of 941 fans Saturday night in St. John Arena. OSU’s Mari Hole posted a match-high 20.5 points with 17 kills (.220), three solo blocks and one assist block. Emily Danks added 19 points with 16 kills (.333) and three ace serves. Northwestern’s Katie Dutchman posted a team-high 14 points with 10 kills (.174), two ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks. Yewande Akambi added 10 points with 10 kills (.241).
Set one opened with two Northwestern errors and a NU kill from Kathryn Chrystal for a 2-1 OSU lead. OSU scored the next six points two kills from Kaitlyn Leary, one each from Kelli Barhorst and Danks and two Wildcat errors for an 8-1 lead. NU trailed, 16-11, when a Stephanie Holthus-Dutchman block, a Madalyn Shalter-Dutchman block and a Hannah Crippen ace serve cut the lead to two at 16-14. OSU kills from Barhorst and Amanda Peterson, a Wildcat error and a Peterson solo block opened a 20-15 Buckeye lead. A Dutchman solo block and an OSU error made it 20-16. Leading, 23-19, OSU reached set point with a Mariah Booth kill at 24-19. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-19, with a kill from Danks to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .350 for the set to .100 for Northwestern.
OSU opened set two with a kill from Booth and a Hole solo block for a 2-0 lead. Kills from Shalter and Akanbi tied the set at two. OSU held an 8-7 lead when Northwestern tied the set with a Holthus kill. The Wildcats scored the next eight points to open a 16-8 lead. The run included five OSU errors, kills from Caroline Niedospial and Akanbi and a Holthus ace serve. Hole stopped the run with a kill at 16-9. A kill and ace serve from Dutchman made it 18-9. Three Northwestern errors and a Leary kill cut the lead to 18-13. The Wildcats reached set point at 24-18 with a Dutchman kill. Northwestern, off an OSU error, won the set, 25-18, to tie the match at one set each. The Wildcats hit .323 for the set to .100 for Ohio State.
An OSU error and a kill from Holthus gave Northwestern a 2-0 lead to open the third set. At 3-1, kills from Hole and Danks tied the set at three. Tied at six, a kill from Danks, a Northwestern error, an ace serve from Danks, a Barhorst-Leary block and a second ace from Danks gave OSU an 11-6 lead. At 15-10, four kills from Hole, her solo block and a Hole-Peterson block opened a 21-10 OSU margin. Northwestern responded with a Akanbi kill, an OSU error and two Shalter-Chrystal blocks to cut the lead to seven at 21-14. Kills from Booth and Danks made it 23-14. A Leary kill gave OSU set point at 24-14. Ohio State, with a kill from Danks, won the set, 25-14, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .306 in the set to .026 for Northwestern.
In a close fourth set that saw nine ties and two lead changes, Ohio State broke the final tie at 15 with kills from Booth and Danks to take a 17-15 lead. At 18-16, a Wildcat error gave OSU a three point lead at 19-16. A Buckeye error and a Shalter kill cut the lead to one at 19-18. A kill from Danks and a Wildcat error made it 21-18. Kills from Dutchman and Akanbi for Northwestern and one from Danks moved the score to 22-20. Kills from Peterson and Booth gave Ohio State match-point at 24-20. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Hole, won the set 25-20 to win the match, 3-1.
OSU hit .389 for the set to .200 for Northwestern. Ohio State hit .296 for the match to .151 for Northwestern. The Buckeyes had a 63-43 advantage in kills and a 60-38 margin in assists. OSU’s Peterson posted a match-high 52 while Shalter recorded 35 for the Wildcats. Northwestern had a 5-3 edge in ace serves with OSU’s Danks posting a match-high three and Dutchman, a team-high two for the Wildcats. The Buckeyes gave up five service errors to four for Northwestern. Defensively, OSU had a 67-48 margin in digs with Buckeye Alyssa Winner recording a match and career-high 21. Peterson added 14 and Hole 12 for the Buckeyes. Wildcat Julie Chin recorded a team-high 16 digs in the contest. At the net, OSU had an 8-7 edge in team blocks. Hole (three solos, one assist block) and Chrystal (one solo, three assist blocks) shared match-high honors with four each.
Next week Ohio State returns to the road to play at Indiana (8-10, 0-6) and No. 11 Purdue (15-2, 4-2). OSU faces the Indiana Hoosiers at 7 p.m. EDT Friday and the Purdue Boilermakers at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday.
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