COLUMBUS, Ohio – The OhioState (12-11 overall, 6-8 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team fell, 3-1 (30-24, 30-25, 23-30, 30-28) to Purdue (14-11, 7-7) Sunday afternoon in front of 1,826 fans in St. John Arena. Buckeye Danielle Meyer (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) had a match-high 24 points with Katie Dull (Fr., Solon, Ohio) adding 22. Meyer had 19 kills, two ace serves, a solo block and four assists while Dull recorded 20 kills, an ace serve and two assist blocks. Purdue’s Stephanie Lynch had a team-high 20 points with 11 kills, five solo blocks and eight assist blocks. Teammate Danita Merlau added 16 points with 14 kills, one ace serve and two assist blocks.
Purdue broke a three-all tie in game one with kills from Merlau and Lynch and a solo block from Lynch to take a 6-3 lead. Trailing by as many as seven (17-10), the Boilermakers held the lead and reached game point at 29-22 with a Lynch solo block. A Meyer kill, a Purdue error and a Meyer ace serve stopped three game point attempts (29-24) before a Lynch kill ended the game at 30-24, Purdue. The Boilermaker hit .245 in the game to .065 for OhioState.The
Boilermakers opened game two with kills from Carrie Gurnell and Jaclyn Hart and a Lynch-Gurnell block to take a 3-0 lead. Purdue built a six-point lead at 14-8. At 15-11, a Kristi Hunter (Fr., Roblin, Manitoba, Canada) kill, a Purdue error and a Briana McCarthy (Sr., Beaver Dam, Wis.) ace serve cut the lead to one at 15-14. Purdue held the lead and reached game point with a Kristen Arthurs kill at 29-23. A Meyer kill and a Kaila Calhoun (Fr., Elkhart, Ind.)-Dull block stopped two game points at 29-25. Purdue won the game with a kill from Arthurs to win, 30-25, and take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Boilermakers hit .182 for the game to .136 for OhioState.With game three tied at 11, OhioState scored the next four points to take a 15-11 lead. The run began with two Dull kills and one from Anna Szerszen (So., Conflans Ste Hne, France) to make it 14-11. A Meyer kill made it 15-11. The Buckeyes held the lead and reached game point off a Purdue error. A kill by Arthurs stopped the game point at 29-23. Meyer, with a kill, ended the game at 30-23 for the Buckeyes, cutting the Purdue lead to 2-1. OhioState hit .426 for the game to .188 for Purdue.
Ohio State took a early 2-0 lead in game four with an Ami Stevens (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio) kill and a Meyer-McCarthy block. Purdue responded by tying the game at three with a Lynch kill. The Boilermakers took a 4-3 lead with a Lynch-Hart block and made it 5-3 off an OSU error. Purdue held a 26-20 lead before two Szerszen kills and a Szerszen-Calhoun block made it 26-23 forcing a Purdue time out. Two Buckeye errors made the Purdue lead, 28-23. Buckeye kills from Calhoun and Stevens and a Boilermaker error cut the margin to two at 28-26. After a Purdue time out, a Meyer-Szerszen block cut the lead to one at 28-27. A Gurnell kill set match point for Purdue at 29-27. A Szerszen kill stopped the game point at 29-28. A Buckeye error ended the game at 30-28 for Purdue for a 3-1 victory in the match. The Boilermakers hit .196 for the game to .192 for OhioState.
For the match, Ohio State out hit the Boilermakers, .206 to .203. The Buckeyes had a 71-65 advantage in kills and a five to two margin in ace serves. The Buckeyes gave up eight service errors to two for Purdue. Defensively, OhioState had an 84-70 advantage in digs with Purdue’s Kelli Miller recording a match-high 28. OSU’s Stevens had a team-high 22 digs for the Buckeyes. Purdue had a 16 to 12 margin in team blocks. Purdue’s Lynch had a match-high 13 blocks with five solos and eight assists. OSU’s Calhoun had a team-high six blocks for the Buckeyes with a solo and five assists. Buckeye McCarthy had a match-high 61 assists in the match while Purdue’s Hart had 24 assists and Sam Gray, 20 for the Boilermakers.
OhioState returns to the road next week they play at MichiganState (15-11, 6-8) at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at Northwestern (15-10, 6-8) at 7 p.m. Saturday.