COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened the Buckeye Invite with a 3-1 win (25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20) over Miami University Thursday night inside the Covelli Center. The triumph puts the Buckeyes at 5-5 on the season while the RedHawks fall to 4-5 overall.
Vanja Bukilić hit .429 on the night as she converted on 12 of 21 attempts, followed by Mia Grunze with 11 kills. Lauren Witte was all over the floor as she had a .421 clip with nine kills, seven blocks (5a, 2s) and two service aces, totaling 15.5 points. Elle Sandbothe chipped in eight kills while Adria Powell connected on 5-of-7 error-free swings for a .714 attacking percentage.
Becca Mauer handed out 29 assists and dug eight balls. Mac Podraza had 16 helpers and Kylie Murr recorded 24 digs. Hannah Gruensfelder added nine digs and two aces. At the net, Bukilić, Sandbothe, Podraza and Powell tallied two rejections apiece.
SET 1: The Buckeyes pulled away early as they took an 11-5 lead on a combo block by Podraza and Witte. Miami gained some momentum late as it cut the lead to 19-16, which forced an OSU timeout. Back on the floor, Ohio State closed the rally on a 6-2 run to take the set, 25-18.
SET 2: Miami scored five unanswered points to go ahead 12-7 and extended its advantage to 19-11. The Buckeyes battled back with a 4-0 sprint to pull within two, 21-19. Kills by Bukilić, Sandbothe and an overturned call in favor of Ohio State locked the set at 23-all. The Buckeyes completed their comeback by posting the last five points of the set for a 25-23 win.
SET 3: The RedHawks got out to a running start as they quickly went up 14-8. Ohio State clawed its way back once again to lock the set at 20-20. The teams exchanged the next eight points until back-to-back kills gave Miami the victory, 26-24.
SET 4: It was a back and forth battle to start but the Buckeyes gained some distance at the 13-10 mark. The upper hand did not last long as Miami tied things at 14-all. Ohio State got in front as it strung together five consecutive points for a 20-17 edge. A pair of rejections sealed the deal for a 25-20 Buckeye triumph.
The Buckeyes wrap up their non-conference slate with matches against Illinois State at 10 a.m. and Dayton at 8 p.m. Friday.