COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (13-13 overall, 7-10 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team, with it’s three outside hitters combining for 66 points, defeated Illinois (15-12, 7-10), 3-1 (30-27, 30-26, 23-30, 30-27) Friday night in St. John Arena in front of 1,663 fans. OSU’s Danielle Meyer (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded a match-high 29 points with Kristi Hunter (Fr., Roblin, Manitoba, Canada) and Katie Dull (Fr., Solon, Ohio) adding 18.5 each for the Buckeyes. Meyer had a match-high 23 kills adding two ace serves, two solo blocks and four assists. Hunter recorded a career-high 17 kills adding three assist blocks and Dull had 14 kills, an ace serve, a solo block and five assists. Vicki Brown, for Illinois, posted a team-high 24.5 points with Laura DeBruler adding 21. Brown had 21 kills, a solo block and five assist blocks while DeBruler collected 18 kills, two ace serves and two assist blocks.
Game one saw the score tied 19 times with 10 lead changes. Tied at 14, a Lizzie Bazzetta ace serve and kills from Johannah Bangert and Stefanie Alde gave Illinois a 17-14 lead. The Buckeyes responded with a Hunter kill, a Meyer-Kristen Dozier (So., SandySpring, Md.) block and a Hunter kill to tie the game at 17. Tied at 26, kills from Hunter and Meyer gave OhioState a 28-26 lead. A Kaila Calhoun (Fr., Elkhart, Ind.)-Meyer block set game point at 29-26. Illinois, with a Bangert kill, stopped the game point at 29-26. A Meyer kill ended the game at 30-27 to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the match. OhioState hit .405 for the game to .267.
Game two saw Illinois take an 8-6 lead with a DeBruler kill and an OSU error. The Buckeyes then scored the next six points beginning with a kill and ace serve by Meyer to tie the game at eight. OSU kills from Dozier and Hunter and two Illini errors made it 12-8. The Buckeyes held the lead and reached game point with a Hunter kill at 29-26. A Hunter kill ended the game at 30-26 to give OhioState a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .429 for the game to .270 for the Illini.
Illinois opened game three with kills from DeBruler and Ashley Edinger for a 2-0 lead that they would not lose. Trailing, 18-14, A Hunter kill, a Dozier solo block and an Illini error cut the Illinois lead to one at 18-17. The Illini responded with two kills from Brown and one from DeBruler to open the lead to 21-17. At 25-22, three kills from Alde and one from DeBruler set game point at 29-22. A Meyer kill stopped the game point at 29-23. Illinois won the game with an Alde kill at 30-23 to cut the OhioState lead in the match to 2-1. Illinois hit .259 for the game to .133 for OhioState.
Game four saw 18 ties and had 10 lead changes. Tied at 14, two kills from Meyer gave the Buckeyes a 16-14 lead. A Brown kill made it 16-15. Two Hunter kills, one from Dozier and a Hunter-Dozier block gave OhioState a 20-15 lead. The Illini stopped the Buckeye run with a DeBruler kill at 20-16. Edinger, with three straight ace serves, cut the lead to one at 20-19. A DeBruler kill tied the game at 20. After ties at 21, 22, 23 and 24, A Meyer kill and a Hunter-Calhoun block gave the Buckeyes a 26-24 lead. Illinois made it 26-25 with a Kylie McCulley kill. An Illinois error and a kill by Brown moved the score to 27-26, OSU. Back-to-back kills from Hunter set match point for OhioState at 29-26. A Bazzetta kill stopped the match point at 29-27. The Buckeyes closed out the match with a Dozier- Briana McCarthy (Sr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) block to win the game, 30-27, and take the match, 3-1. OhioState hit .366 for the game to .196 for the Illini.
OhioState hit .327 for the game to .246 for Illinois. The Illini had a 78-68 advantage in kills and a nine to five edge in ace serves. Edinger posted a match-high four ace serves for Illinois. The Illini gave up six service errors to four for OhioState. Defensively, Illinois had a 70-66 margin in digs. Edinger posted a match-high 24 digs for Illinois. At the net, OhioState enjoyed an 18-8 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Dozier posted a match-high eight blocks with a solo and seven assists. Bazzetta, for the Illini posted a match-high 69 assists in the match while OSU’s McCarthy had 51.
OhioState continues the home stand at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 when they host ninth-ranked Wisconsin (22-4, 14-3) in St. John Arena. The match will be carried live by the Big Ten Network.