IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team left it all on the floor during its season finale as it dropped a five-set heartbreaker (24-26, 26-24, 25-19, 18-25, 16-14) to Iowa on Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Bia Franklin was all over the court with a career-high 18 kills, 11 digs, two blocks and a service ace. It was her third double-double of the season and her 20 points tied her career mark. Vanja Bukilić added 17 kills and six digs. Laruen Witte registered 14 kills on 29 swings for a .414 attack clip with four digs.
Olivia Dailey handed out a career-high 62 assists and dug 11 balls for her fourth double-double. She paired it with three kills and two blocks. Becca Mauer turned in nine kills while Adria Powell tallied seven kills, a career-best four aces, three digs and three rejections. Camryn Moeller connected on a career-high six kills, eight digs and two aces. Camry Halm contributed 18 digs to the stat sheet.
SET 1: After exchanging points, a pair of kills by Mauer and two Iowa errors put the Buckeyes ahead 14-11. The Hawkeyes made up the difference and then some with a 21-20 edge that forced Ohio State to call for time. The Buckeyes responded to tie the set at 24-all and Powell served up back-to-back aces to cap off a 26-24 winner. Bukilić had five kills on seven attempts during the opening rally.
SET 2: Iowa broke the stalemate for a 13-11 lead, causing Ohio State to burn a timeout. The Buckeyes used the break to regroup and even up the frame at 21-21. The teams traded the next six points but Iowa took the set on a kill and OSU error, 26-24.
SET 3: Ohio State strung together six straight points on five kills and an Iowa miscue to go up 8-6. The Hawkeyes regained the advantage at the 15-14 mark and powered forward to claim a 25-19 victory.
SET 4: The Buckeyes erased a five-point deficit to get in front of the Hawkeyes, 11-9. A 3-0 Ohio State run sent Iowa to its bench trailing 21-16. The Buckeyes kept rolling to a 25-18 triumph thanks to a pair of Hawkeye errors and a Franklin-Powell block.
SET 5: The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 6-2 lead to start the deciding set. Ohio State refused to back down as it battled back to lock the score at 10-all. The Buckeyes used a 4-1 sprint to go ahead 14-12 but Iowa scored the last four points to close the set, 16-14.
The Buckeyes conclude the 2018 campaign with a 12-20 overall record and 3-17 mark in the Big Ten.