Dec. 1, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team closed out the 2012 season with a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 15-25, 18-25) loss to 16th-seeded Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday night in Memorial Coliseum on the University of Kentucky campus.
Ohio State finished the season with a 23-11 record and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament for the fourth-straight year. The Buckeyes finished fourth in the Big Ten at 13-7 for their best finish since 2009.
Senior Mari Hole picked up her 18th double-double of the season with a match-high 18 kills and 12 digs. Junior Kaitlyn Leary totaled 14 kills, while senior Mariah Booth had nine. Defensively, junior Davionna DiSalvatore notched her 31st double-digit dig match with 16. Booth and classmate Amanda Peterson had four blocks for the Buckeyes.
Lauren O’Connor led the Wildcats (22-10) with 16 kills and added four digs. Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan finished with 10 kills each, while Billings totaled 12 digs. Libero Stephanie Klefot had a match-high 18 digs and setter Christine Hartmann had 42 assists.
A kill and service ace by Hole led to a 3-1 lead to open the first before the Wildcats came back to lock the score at four. Back-to-back kills by Peterson pushed the Buckeyes up 7-5, but Kentucky battled back again, 8-8. Three-straight kills from Leary triggered a 6-0 run for a 17-12 Ohio State advantage. Two more Leary kills gave the Buckeyes set point and a kill by Emily Danks sealed the 25-18 win.
Tied at four in the second, Kentucky capitalized on Ohio State errors to take a 9-5 lead and then the Wildcats put together a 5-1 run for a 15-9 advantage. A Leary kill followed by a Leary/Booth block sent the Buckeyes on a 4-0 rally to come within two at 16-14. Ohio State locked the set at 18 on kills by Hole and Peterson and the squad took the lead on a kill by Danks, 21-20. The teams battled for the final points to close out the set and Kentucky came away with a 26-24 victory.
Wildcat blockers pushed the home squad to a 4-1 lead in the third, but a kill and ace by Danks followed by a Peterson/Booth block tied the set at six apiece. Kentucky responded with a 6-1 run and took a 12-7 advantage to force a Buckeye timeout. Another 6-1 Wildcat run pushed the home squad ahead at 18-9. A kill and block by Booth set the score 20-14, but Kentucky closed out the set on a 5-1 rally to win, 25-15.
The two teams battled back and forth to start set four before Kentucky went on 6-0 run for an 11-6 lead. A four-point rally pushed the Wildcat lead to 15-7 before a 3-0 Buckeye run cut the Kentucky lead at 17-12. The Wildcats utilized its home crowd advantage and closed out the set with a 25-18 victory.