COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (22-11 overall, 10-10 Big Ten) won a 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18) decision over Iowa (7-22, 2-18) Saturday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. OSU’s Emily Danks posted a match-high 20 points with 17 kills (.304), one ace serve and four assist blocks. Iowa’s Beck Walters had a team-high 11.5 points for the Hawkeyes with 11 kills and one assist block.
Ohio State opened set one with five consecutive points starting with a Katie Dull kill and a Hawkeye error for a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back kills from Danks and one from Allie Schwarzwalder gave the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. With OSU leading, 8-2, kills from Mallory Husz, Tiffany Nilges and Lauren Friedman cut the lead to three at 8-5. At 10-7, a kill from Dull and two ace serves from Betsy Hone opened a 13-7 lead. Ohio State maintained the lead reaching set point at 24-16 with a Dull kill. Hone’s third ace of the set gave the Buckeyes a 25-16 set win and a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .344 for the set to .241 for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa opened set two with kills from Megan Eskew and Walters for a 2-0 lead. Errors by both teams made it 3-1. A kill from Walters and an ace serve from Eskew gave Iowa a 5-1 lead. At 9-5, two kills from Dull, a Schwarzwalder-Danks block and a Danks kill tied the set at nine. Back-to-back kills from Dull gave OSU an 11-9 lead. Iowa trailed, 14-12, when kills from Rachael Bedell and Nilges tied the set at 14. At 15-all, a Hawkeye error and a kill from Danks gave Ohio State a 17-15 lead. With OSU leading, 23-20, a Walters-Nilges block and an ace serve from Walters cut the lead to one at 23-22. The Buckeyes reach set point with a Danks-Kelli Barhorst block at 24-22. Iowa stopped the set point at 24-23 with a kill from Husz. The Buckeyes, with an Anna Szerszen kill, won the set, 25-23, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .436 for the set to .233 for the Hawkeyes.
Three consecutive ace serves from Walters opened set three to give Iowa a 3-0 lead. A Hawkeye error made it 3-1. Two kills from Nilges and a Bedell ace serve gave the Hawkeyes a 6-1 lead. At 7-2, a Barhorst solo block, a Hawkeye error and a Barhorst kill cut the lead to two at 7-5. Kills from Husz and Hone made it 8-6. A Hawkeye error and a kill by Hone tied the set at eight. A Nikki Daily kill and an OSU error returned the lead to Iowa at 10-8. OSU cut the lead to one two times before at 11-10, kills from Walters and Nilges and a Bedell-Husz block gave Iowa a 14-10 lead. Trailing, 23-17, OSU cut the lead to four at 23-19 with a kill from Dull and a Hawkeye error. A Husz kill gave Iowa set point at 24-19. A Buckeye error ended the set at 25-19 for Iowa cutting the Ohio State match lead to 2-1. The Hawkeyes hit .188 for the set to .185 for Ohio State.
Two OSU errors and kills from Husz and Bedell opened a 4-0 Iowa lead in set four. A kill from Danks and an OSU error made it 5-1. Two Hawkeye errors, a solo block from Barhorst and a kill from Szerszen tied the set at five. After seven more ties, the set was 12-all. A Hawkeye error and a Barhorst-Szerszen block forced an Iowa time out at 14-12, Buckeyes. The five-point run continued with a kill from Barhorst, a Hawkeye error and a Barhorst-Danks block for a 17-12 Buckeye lead. Ohio State held the lead to reach match point at 24-17 with a kill from Schwarzwalder. A Bedell kill stopped the match point at 24-18. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-18, off a kill by Danks to win the match, 3-1. Ohio State hit .282 for the set to .079 for Iowa.
For the match, Ohio State hit .321 to .183 for Iowa. The Buckeyes had a 57-50 advantage in kills and a 54-45 margin in assists. OSU’s Hone recorded a match-high 47 assists in the match while Dailey had 32 for Iowa. The Hawkeyes had a 7-5 edge in ace serves in the contest. Walters posted a match-high four aces for the Hawkeyes while OSU’s Hone recorded a team-high three. Each squad recorded eight service errors. Defensively, the Buckeyes had a 63-61 margin in digs with Buckeye Susan Halverson posting a match and career-high 22. Iowa’s Dailey recorded a team-high 18 digs. At the net, Ohio State had a 9-3 advantage in team blocks. OSU’s Barhorst recorded a match-high six total blocks with three solos and three assist blocks.
Ohio State will now wait for the 64-team NCAA Division I bracket to be announced between 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPNews.
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