COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team closed out the first day of the WKU Tournament with a 3-1 (25-9, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16) win over IUPUI at the E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. Ohio State improved to 7-1 with the win, while IUPUI fell to 5-4.
Four Buckeyes totaled double-digit kills in the match as senior Mari Hole leading the way with 18. Junior Kaitlyn Leary tied a career-best with 17 kills, while seniors Mariah Booth and Emily Danks had 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Taylor Sherwin added 34 assists and eight digs.
Kelsey Hoefer and Moriah Fair led the Jaguars with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Setter Ellyn Jones had 31 assists, while Fair, Kaitlyn Hickey and Beth Howard finished with eight digs each. Bethany Fogler had a match-high five blocks (3s, 2a).
Kills by Hole, Danks and Leary led to a 4-0 Buckeye lead to start set one. Back-to-back Ohio State kills and Jaguar attack errors pushed the Buckeyes ahead at 13-5 and another run gave Ohio State a 10-point lead at 18-8. The Buckeyes closed out set one on a six-point run for a 25-9 win.
IUPUI turned it round in the second set, taking a quick 6-2 lead. The Buckeyes rallied to lock the set at six apiece and utilized another run for a 14-10 advantage. The Jaguars responded and tied the set at 14-14 and again at 17-17. A 4-1 run gave IUPUI a 21-18 lead and the squad held on to take the set, 25-22.
The Jaguars once again took an early lead to open the third set, going up 6-3. Kills by Hole and an IUPUI attack error tied it up at 8-8 and a kill by Leary triggered a three-point run to give Ohio State a 12-10 advantage. The Jaguars locked the set at 17 apiece and the two squads battled back and forth for the lead. Kills by Danks and Leary led to Ohio State’s first set point, but IUPUI held on to tie it again at 24-24. A kill by Danks gave the Buckeyes their second set point and an IUPUI error sealed the 26-24 set win.
Tied at 5-5 in set four, a kill by Booth and a kill and solo block by Hole let to an 8-5 Ohio State lead. Another run lifted the Buckeyes to a 13-8 advantage and a kill from Leary set the score 18-14. Back-to-back kills by Hole and back-to-back Booth service aces pushed Ohio State to set point at 24-15 and a kill by Amanda Peterson led to a 25-16 victory.
The Buckeyes return to the court Saturday and close out the WKU Tournament facing host Western Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. ET in E.A. Diddle Arena.