Sept. 10, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The No. 12 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team went the distance for a second match in a row, coming out on the winning end of a five-round bout with Green Bay (7-2) Saturday night. The Buckeyes (7-2) posted final tallies of 21-25, 26-24, 25-15, 14-25, 15-11 to pick up their second win of the weekend and seventh on the year.
Taylor Sandbothe earned all-tournament honors for the 10th time in the last 11 non-conference events. Valeria León joined her senior classmate on the All-Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational Team. Sandbothe earned the honor by virtue of a .355 attacking efficiency and averages of four kills and one block per set. León, meanwhile, put forth 4.38 digs per set and served as the Buckeye libero throughout the weekend.
Ohio State burned the Phoenix for 10 aces coming from five different players, including a match-high three aces from Kalisha Goree. Seven of the Buckeye aces came in a 25-15 third-set whitewashing.
Sandbothe paced all players with 24 points — drilling 20 kills, two aces and posting four block assists. Taylor Hughes dished out 49 assists to go along with eight kills of her own on 11 errorless attempts.
Green Bay rejected the Buckeyes seven times in the opening frame, limiting Ohio State to a .139 hitting percentage. A 7-1 Phoenix run transformed Ohio State’s 8-7 edge into a 14-9 hole ultimately giving way to the Green Bay 25-21 triumph.
Set number two was a nail-biter, locked up as late as 24-all. Sandbothe would break up the stalemate, however, connecting with Hughes for back-to-back terminations closing out the frame 26-24.
Ohio State carried the momentum into the third frame, breezing past the Phoenix 25-15. The Buckeyes raced out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back in the go-ahead set victory. The subsequent set was much the same, but vice versa of sorts as it was Green Bay’s turn to roll in a lopsided 25-14 winner forcing a fifth and final period.
The decisive fifth set witnessed five tied scores and a pair of lead changes, the latest score swap which occurred as Ohio State surged ahead 6-5 on a block by Ashley Wenz and Madison Smeathers. The Buckeyes would go on to add three more tallies to their final advantage and clinch the match, 15-11.
The Scarlet & Gray put non-conference play to rest next weekend, heading to Muncie, Ind., for the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge (Sept. 16-17). Ohio State is slated to face Valparaiso, UNCG and the host Cardinals while in the Hoosier State.