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Aug. 28, 2015

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LARAMIE, Wyo. – The No. 14 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team got tripped up in its season opener at Wyoming on Friday (Aug. 28). Sets one and two were split before the host Cowgirls seized the next pair to earn a four-set victory on opening night (25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23).

Three Buckeyes tallied 12 or more kills, paced by Elizabeth Campbell’s 17 bouncers. Campbell made it a double-double with 14 digs, trailing only Valeria León’s team-high 21 digs. Campbell led the way blocking-wise as well, matching Tyler Richardson with five rejections each.

Taylor Sandbothe came out firing in the first frame, terminating four of nine errorless attacks for a .444 hitting efficiency. The Preseason All-Big Ten selection didn’t receive much in form of support, however, as the Buckeyes were stuffed six times. The lead exchanged hands five times and sat tied on 11 occasions before back-to-back Cowgirl points broke up a 23-23 stalemate.

Three misfires from the OSU offense handed Wyoming an early 4-1 edge in set number two. The stumble did little to deter an Ohio State onslaught though. Richardson got in on three blocks, helping to shove the Cowgirls ‘into the red’ offensively with an attacking percentage of minus-.030. The Buckeyes put together a 9-4 run to end it and even the match tally at one set apiece.

Six more send-backs from the Cowgirl defensive front doomed Ohio State once again in the third set. Wyoming attacked .269 compared to a .032 clip for the Scarlet and Gray, resulting in a 25-19 UW winner. Just two points separated the two foes in set number four as Wyoming closed it out 25-23.

Ohio State is slated for two more non-conference tilts on Saturday, taking on Butler at 11:30 a.m. ET and South Dakota in a 7 p.m. ET nightcap.