COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision (25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 25-8) to Indiana on Wednesday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes fall to 10-5 overall and 1-2 in Big Ten action while the Hoosiers improve to 11-3 (2-1 B1G).
Madison Smeathers and Vanja Bukilić paced the offense with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Jordan Fry was close behind with nine kills and four blocks. Mia Grunze chipped in eight kills and eight digs. Becca Mauer had her second straight double-double (30 assists, 12 digs).
Three other Buckeyes also had double figures in digs, led by Hannah Gruensfelder with 15. Camry Halm dug 13 balls and Bia Franklin notched 12.
As a team, Ohio State out-dug Indiana, 64-55, and out-blocked the squad by an 8-5 margin.
SET 1: Indiana got out to a fast start with a 9-4 lead. The Buckeyes began to close the gap, 13-11, to force the Hoosiers to call for time. Ohio State rallied for a 20-18 edge but the visitors closed the set on a 7-1 run for a 25-21 decision.
SET 2: After falling behind early, the Buckeyes scored seven straight points to go ahead 12-7. The Hoosiers were unable to get any closer than five as Ohio State kept pounding away for a 25-18 winner. The home team hit .378 with 17 assists on 18 kills.
SET 3: The two teams kept the score close but the Buckeyes needed to burn a timeout as they trailed 17-14. Out of the break, Indiana managed to hold Ohio State at arm’s length to take the set, 25-20.
SET 4: It was all Hoosiers in the final frame as they ran away for a 25-8 triumph.
The Buckeyes travel to College Park to face Maryland at 7 p.m. Saturday.