TOWSON, Md. – It was a quick 1-2-3 outing for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team on Friday thanks to a straight-set triumph over Princeton (25-23, 25-20, 25-16) to start the Towson Invitational. The win moves the Buckeyes to 6-1 overall as the Tigers fall to 4-3.
The rookies stepped up on offense and accounted for 59 percent of Ohio State’s kills. Mia Grunze and Vanja Bukilić led the group with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Grunze also had eight digs and two solo blocks while Bukilić added three digs and assisted on five blocks.
Becca Mauer recorded her first double-double of the season on 33 assists and a career-high 11 digs. Bia Franklin just missed her career mark with three service aces. Defensively, Hannah Gruensfelder tallied 19 digs, followed by Camry Halm with 13. Lauren Witte was a force at the net with six blocks.
SET 1: The Buckeyes fell behind to start the match but went up 12-10 after a 5-1 run. Princeton kept the set tight as it tied the score at 22-22, which sent Ohio State to its bench. A pair of kills by Grunze and a serving miscue by the Tigers ended the set in OSU’s favor, 25-23.
SET 2: It did not take much time for Princeton to call a timeout as Ohio State sprinted to a 7-3 lead. The Tigers responded with six straight points to go up 9-8. It was Princeton’s turn to use a timeout when the Buckeyes strung together four unanswered points to regain the advantage, 17-15. Although the Tigers knotted things up twice, Ohio State secured seven of the last nine points to take the set, 25-20.
SET 3: The two teams went back and forth to open the frame. The momentum shifted in Ohio State’s favor as it rode a 7-0 run to a 17-10 edge. The Buckeyes never looked back as they cruised to a 25-16 decision.
Ohio State returns to the court Saturday to face Missouri at 11 a.m. and Towson at 4:30 p.m.