Nov. 11, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University women’s volleyball team committed only a half dozen attack errors on 74 swings Friday versus Rutgers, leading to a .459 attack percentage with 40 kills. The Buckeyes inflicted damage from the baseline as well, gashing the Scarlet Knights for 10 service aces. Ohio State nearly doubled up the opposition, rattling off set scores of 25-12, 25-12, 25-16.
The Buckeyes (16-11, 6-9 Big Ten) utilized a two-setter assault with Abby Fesl dishing out 20 assists and Taylor Hughes recording 14. Hughes never left the floor, however, racking up eight kills at a .438 clip as an attacker during Fesl’s time as the setter. Hughes finished as one of five Buckeyes to post five or more kills while attacking .438 or better. Taylor Sandbothe’s 10 kills paced the squad and Ashley Wenz terminated seven of ten errorless attempts to lead all players with a .700 hitting percentage.
Valeria León kept the defense in line, registering a dozen digs to further separate herself as the all-time Ohio State leader in career digs (1,652).
SET 1: The Buckeyes raced out to an 8-1 edge to open the evening, a hot start capped off by three consecutive aces from Sandbothe. Rutgers then stormed back to within three at 11-8 before an eight-point Buckeye run reasserted the OSU stranglehold at 19-8. The Buckeyes tacked on two more tallies to the gap by set’s end, concluding 25-12.
SET 2: Ohio State waltzed to a 25-12 triumph again in the second stanza; on the strength of a .560 attacking clip. Fesl and Hughes connected for five kills, flanked by three kills each for Sandbothe, Madison Smeathers and Wenz. León matched the entire RU lineup, digging six balls in the lopsided set.
SET 3: Eleven different Buckeyes got in on the action in the third and final frame, closing out the contest 25-16. A six-point spurt mid-set broke the Scarlet Knights’ back, turning an 11-7 advantage into 17-7 control for the Scarlet and Gray.
St. John Arena reopens Saturday night for a 7 p.m. contest against No. 10 Penn State.