Nov. 17, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s volleyball team put up a tough fight but it wasn’t enough against No. 5 Nebraska as the Buckeyes were bested in four (25-23, 25-12, 22-25, 25-23) on Friday night at St. John Arena. The Scarlet & Gray drop to 14-14 (7-10 B1G) and the Huskers improve to 23-4 (16-1 B1G).
Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer joined the exclusive 1,000-kill club thanks to 10 daggers on the night. She combined it with 13 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Ashley Wenz had a double-double of her own (11 kills, 10 digs). Madison Smeathers hit .400 (9-1-20) and Lauren Witte converted at a .375 clip (8-2-16). Becca Mauer dished 39 assists and dug eight balls. Hannah Gruensfelder tallied 12 digs while Schirmer posted two solo blocks. Wenz also had two block assists.
SET 1: The Buckeyes and Huskers tied the score 13 times in a heated opening set. A Witte-Wenz block sent Nebraska to its bench as Ohio State went ahead 12-10. Back on the floor, the two teams traded points but the Buckeyes held a 23-22 edge. Unfortunately, the Huskers had the last three tallies to take the set, 25-23.
SET 2: Nebraska raced out of the gates to the tune of a 15-10 upper hand. The visitors closed the second set on a 10-2 sprint for a 25-12 win.
SET 3: Ohio State went on an 8-1 run, which forced Nebraska to call a timeout as it trailed 9-4 in the third. The Huskers battled back to knot the score at 18-all. The pair went point-for-point until kills from Ana Beatriz Franklin and Wenz clinched the set for OSU, 25-22.
SET 4: The fourth proved to be another tightly contested stanza with 12 ties. The set was evenly matched until the Scarlet & Gray got behind, 22-20. Kills from Witte and Mauer along with an ace by Franklin locked the score at 23-all. The Husker responded with two kills for a 25-23 triumph.
The Buckeyes are back in action on Saturday when they take on Iowa. First serve is marked for 8 p.m. ET.