Sept. 27, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State continues its road swing with a pair of Top 25 Big Ten opponents. The Buckeyes are taking a trip to Ann Arbor to face No. 23 Michigan Friday night live on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. ET. It’s a quick turnaround as the squad heads over to No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday for a 8 p.m. ET showdown.
Friday, Sept. 29 | 8 p.m. ET | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Crisler Center
Saturday, Sept. 30 | 8 p.m. ET | East Lansing, Mich. | Jenison Field House
HISTORY WITH THE WOLVERINES & SPARTANS
Ohio State started its series with Michigan and Michigan State in 1974. Since then, the Buckeyes have gone on to secure a 50-24 all-time record versus the Wolverines. OSU has dropped the last two meetings, including a 3-1 setback in Ann Arbor a season ago.
Michigan State trails 46-31 in the series with Ohio State. The two teams split last season’s home-and-home series, starting with a straight set win for the Spartans at Jenison Field House. The Scarlet and Gray bounced back with a 3-0 sweep in St. John Arena.
BUCKEYES IN THE B1G
Hannah Gruensfelder bumped her average to 4.76 digs per set, which is good for the top spot in the league. Taylor Hughes is also representing the Buckeyes with 10.46 assists per set (11th) while Lauren Witte averages 1.22 blocks per set (9th) and has a .366 hitting percentage (12th).
UPSET ALERT: DOWN GOES PURDUE
The Scarlet and Gray handed Purdue its first home loss of the season with a 3-1 triumph on Sept. 23. It was the first time the Buckeyes defeated the Boilermakers in Holloway Gymnasium since 2012.
SCHIRMER & SMEATHERS SHINE AT PURDUE
Luisa Schirmer and Madison Smeathers combined for 41 kills when the Buckeyes bested Purdue in four sets. Schirmer was on fire with a career-high 25 kills, hitting .385 (25-5-52) on the evening. Smeathers came through with a career-best 16 kills on 31 attempts and three errors for a .419 clip.
Ohio State is currently riding a four-match win streak, having only dropped two sets. The Buckeyes are averaging 15.7 kills and 15.0 digs per set during the streak.
CAREER WATCH: Taylor Hughes
Taylor Hughes currently ranks ninth in program history with 2,722 assists. She is on track to move up the ladder, approaching the eighth spot held by Amanda Peterson (`09-12) with 2,755 helpers.