Oct. 22, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team put up a tough fight but it was not enough as the squad fell to Michigan, 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 26-28, 25-19), on Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are 11-10 overall and 4-6 in the Big Ten while the Wolverines move to 14-8 (4-6 B1G).
Ashley Wenz tied her career high with 18 kills for her fifth straight match as the Buckeyes’ offensive leader. She also tied her career mark in blocks with eight rejections. Lauren Witte and Luisa Schirmer finished with nine and eight kills, respectively. Madison Smeather tallied a career-best eight block assists and tied her career high for total blocks (8). Taylor Hughes had 43 assists and Hannah Gruensfelder notched a match-high 20 digs. Ana Beatriz Franklin served up three aces.
As a team, Ohio State recorded 12 blocks, the sixth time this season the Buckeyes have reached double digits.
SET 1: Back-to-back service aces by Franklin gave the Buckeyes a 7-5 edge to start the afternoon. The two teams kept the set close with 15 ties deep into the rally, eventually locking the score at 23-all. An error and kill broke the tie as the Wolverines got the win, 25-23.
SET 2: TTUN went ahead 19-14 to send Ohio State to its bench. A breather was just what the Buckeyes needed as an 8-1 run, which featured consecutive blocks by Witte and Wenz, gave them a 22-20 lead. Unfortunately, the Wolverines responded with the final five points to take the set, 25-22.
SET 3: The crowd had a thriller on their hands in the third. It looked like things would go in Michigan’s favor as it had a 24-21 advantage. A bad set, Wenz-Smeathers block and Wenz kill locked the score at 24-24. The squads exchanged the next four points for 26-all. Once again, Wenz and Smeathers came through with a rejection at the net and Wenz laid the ball down hard for a sweet 28-26 victory.
SET 4: The Buckeyes burned a timeout early as they were down 8-4. Ohio State fought to get within a pair, 16-14. TTUN recovered quickly and went on to get a 25-19 triumph.
The Scarlet & Gray prepare to host No. 17 Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. ET.