WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision (28-30, 25-15, 25-22, 25-17) to No. 16 Purdue inside Holloway Gymnasium Friday night. With the loss, the Buckeyes are 13-14 overall and 6-9 in the Big Ten while the Boilermakers improve to 17-7 and 9-6 in conference play.
Becca Mauer posted her third double-double of the season behind 30 assists and 10 digs. Jenaisya Moore also recorded a double-double, her first as a Buckeye, with 17 kills and a career-high 14 digs. Gabby Gonzales got in on the action with 13 kills and nine digs.
Kylie Murr added 17 digs and six assists while Mac Podraza handed out 11 helpers. Madison Smeathers tallied six kills, three digs and two blocks. Elle Sandbothe had five kills and Lauren Witte notched four kills and two rejections. Hannah Gruensfelder chipped in six digs.
SET 1: Ohio State jumped out to a 7-2 lead to get the match going. The Boilermakers made up the difference to tie the score at 10-all. Four straight points put Purdue ahead by two and forced the Buckeyes to call their first timeout. Ohio State got back in front 23-20 on a 5-1 run, which sent the Boilermakers to their bench. Purdue fought back to lock the rally at 24 and the teams exchanged the next eight points until a kill by Smeathers and a Purdue attacking error gave the marathon set to the Buckeyes, 30-28.
SET 2: The Buckeyes burned a timeout as they trailed 13-9. Ohio State cut the deficit to two on kills by Moore but Purdue closed the set on a 9-1 sprint for a 25-15 decision.
SET 3: It was a back and forth battle as they traded points for a 14-all stalemate. The Boilermakers began to pull away after putting together a 7-2 run. A Purdue error and kills from Gonzales and Smeathers brought the Buckeyes within a pair but the home team sealed the set, 25-22.
SET 4: Purdue quickly took a 10-4 lead, which had Ohio State using a timeout. The Buckeyes tried to claw their way back as they whittled the deficit down to 14-11. The Boilermakers were able to hold off the late push to take the set, 25-17.
Ohio State heads to Indiana for a 5 p.m. outing on Saturday.