MADISON, Wis. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened its Big Ten schedule with a straight-set loss (25-19, 25-17, 25-15) to No. 6 Wisconsin on Wednesday night at UW Field House. The Buckeyes are 9-4 (0-1 B1G) on the season and the Badgers improve to 8-1 (1-0 B1G).
Mia Grunze paced the offense with 10 kills, her ninth time in double figures. Madison Smeathers added eight kills and Jordan Fry hit .312 (7-2-16). Olivia Dailey handed out 20 assists.
Defensively, Hannah Gruensfelder recorded a match-best 17 digs. Bia Franklin (9), Camry Halm (7) and Becca Mauer (6) also got in on the digging. Vanja Bukilić had three blocks and Fry tallied two rejections.
SET 1: It was an aggressive back and forth battle to start the match with six early ties. Wisconsin began to pull away at the 14-9 mark but Ohio State cut the deficit to one, 16-15. The Buckeyes tried to keep things close but dropped the set, 25-19.
SET 2: The Badgers burned a timeout with a 14-10 lead after the Buckeyes scored four straight points, which included consecutive Bukilić-Fry blocks. Out of the break, the momentum shifted back to Wisconsin as it went on to claim a 25-17 winner.
SET 3: Wisconsin led for the entirety of the final frame to close the match on a 25-15 decision.
Ohio State returns to Columbus to host No. 4 Penn State on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.