September 19, 2017

Ohio State Starts Big Ten Play Against Maryland, Purdue

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Sept. 19, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio –It’s Big Ten Conference time for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team. The Buckeyes are set to open league play against Maryland on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. ET inside St. John Arena. The team will hit the road to face No. 13 Purdue in an 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday night showdown live on the Big Ten Network.

Due to a concert taking place at the Schottenstein Center, lots around St. John Arena will be ticketed for concert patrons. All fans planning to attend Wednesday’s match should self-identify as being there for volleyball to receive free parking. 

MATCH NOTES

Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. ET | Columbus, Ohio | St. John Arena 
Ohio State (7-4) vs. Maryland (11-1)  Live Stats | Live Stream ($)
Saturday, Sept. 23 | 8:30 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Ind. | Holloway Gymnasium
Ohio State at #13 Purdue (10-1) Live StatsLive Stream ($) | TV: Big Ten Network

HISTORY WITH THE TERRAPINS AND BOILERMAKERS
The Buckeyes own an 8-3 edge in the all-time series versus Maryland, first facing off back in 1978. The two teams split a home-and-home series a season ago. Ohio State dropped a 3-2 decision in College Park before earning a 3-0 sweep in St. John Arena.

Ohio State and Purdue have a storied history dating back to 1974. The two teams have battled on the hardwood 85 times with the Buckeyes holding a slight 43-42 edge in the series. The Scarlet and Gray claimed a five-set win last season in Columbus to break the series tie. The last three meetings between the Buckeyes and Boilermakers have gone the distance.

SWAN SPREADS HER WINGS
It was a big weekend for rookie Ayanna Swan as Ohio State wrapped up its non-conference slate hosting the Buckeye Invitational. Swan started off her impressive night by earning her first career start versus NIU. She didn’t let the opportunity go to waste as she connected on a career-high 19 kills. Through the tournament’s three matches, Swan averaged a team-best 3.90 kills per set.

FINAL NON-CONFERENCE TUNE-UP
Non-conference action ended on a high note as Ohio State swept Dayton in the finale of the Buckeye Invitational. Ayanna Swan and Luisa Schirmer were both named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

BUCKEYES IN THE B1G
Heading into Big Ten Conference action, Hannah Gruensfelder bumped her average to 5.05 digs per set, which is good for the top spot in the league. Taylor Hughes is also representing the Buckeyes with 10.21 assists per set (9th) while Lauren Witte averages 1.21 blocks per set (9th).