Sept. 30, 2017
EAST LANSING, Mich. — It was a tough night for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as it dropped a straight-set decision (25-13, 25-18, 25-17) to No. 16 Michigan State (11-2, 4-0 B1G) on Saturday at Jenison Field House. The loss moves the Buckeyes to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten outings.
Ashley Wenz tallied nine kills for the Buckeyes. Madison Smeathers (5-1-7) and Taylor Hughes (4-0-7) both had a .571 hitting percentage. Hughes also dished 22 assists and Smeathers recorded three blocks. Hannah Gruensfelder had a match-best 10 digs.
SET 1: The Buckeyes struggled to get their offense going as they hit .167 to start the match. A block by Wenz halted seven straight points by the Spartans. MSU thwarted any further attempts to take the set, 25-13.
SET 2: A 5-1 run for MSU made it 15-8 and OSU needed to use its second timeout of the frame. The Buckeyes strung together three points on a Luisa Schirmer kill, Smeathers-Schirmer block and MSU error to send the Spartans to their bench. Unfortunately, the home team had the last three points to claim the second stanza, 25-18.
SET 3: The Scarlet & Gray kept the score close to open the third. The two teams exchanged points but the Spartans went ahead 14-9. OSU chipped away at the lead to pull within two, 15-13, and force a MSU timeout. The Spartans outscored the Buckeyes, 10-4, to close the evening, 25-17.
The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena to host No. 3 Penn State on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.