MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker (25-19, 19-25, 22-25, 25-10, 17-15) to No. 6 Minnesota Wednesday night in Maturi Pavilion. The setback has the Buckeyes at 11-12 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten while the Golden Gophers improve to 16-3 and 10-1 in league matches.
Gabby Gonzales had a career night across the board with 20 kills, 16 digs, four assists and two service aces. Jenaisya Moore tallied 14 kills and four digs while Elle Sandbothe recorded 12 kills and six blocks, which ties her career high.
Lauren Witte got in on the action with six kills and five rejections. Jordan Fry connected on 5-of-10 swings with just one error for a .400 clip and coupled it with three blocks. Mac Podraza matched her career best on five kills and registered 21 assists, two digs and a block. Becca Mauer added 27 assists and dug nine balls while Kylie Murr chipped in 22 digs and six assists. Bia Franklin also helped on defense with 10 digs.
SET 1: After falling behind 7-2 to start the match, Ohio State battled its way back to pull within one, 15-14. A kill by Witte kept things close but the Buckeyes needed a timeout as they trailed 21-17. Minnesota had the last three points to take the set, 25-19.
SET 2: The Buckeyes were rolling as they scored eight straight points, highlighted by consecutive aces from Gonzales, to go ahead 13-5. Ohio State put together a 6-0 run to push the lead to 19-7. A pair of rejections brought the Gophers within six but Gonzales’ light touch sealed the set, 25-19. Minnesota was held to just nine kills with seven errors for a .053 attacking clip.
SET 3: The Gophers had to take an early break as the Buckeyes went up 9-5. Ohio capped off an 8-2 run with a kill by Witte and 15-7 lead. It was the Buckeyes’ turn to call for time as Minnesota inched within two, 22-20. Gonzales and Fry accounted for the last three points to clinch a 25-22 win.
SET 4: A 4-1 sprint gave Minnesota a 12-7 advantage and forced Ohio State to use a timeout. The Gophers closed the frame on a 9-0 scoring run for a 25-10 victory.
SET 5: After exchanging the opening points, Minnesota doubled up at 6-3. Two kills by Moore and a miscue by the Gophers knotted the score at 10-all. The teams traded the next 10 points but the final kills went Minnesota’s way for a 17-15 tally.
The Buckeyes open a three-match homestand against Maryland at 7 p.m. Saturday.