ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s win streak was snapped Sunday afternoon as it dropped a straight-set decision (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) to Michigan at the Crisler Center. The Buckeyes fall to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten while the Wolverines improve to 9-3 and 2-0 in conference play.
Gabby Gonzales recorded a team-high 11 kills, three blocks and two digs. Adria Powell added eight kills while Lauren Witte and Elle Sandbothe posted four kills apiece. Witte also had three rejections and Sandbothe had three digs and two blocks.
Kylie Murr tallied 16 digs and three assists. Becca Mauer handed out 18 helpers, dug three balls and served one ace. Mac Podraza chipped in seven assists and a career-high five blocks.
SET 1: The teams exchanged the opening points until Michigan went ahead 14-10, which called for an Ohio State timeout. Back on the court, the Wolverines closed the set on a 6-0 run for a 25-14 tally.
SET 2: Ohio State called a timeout as it trailed 15-9. The Buckeyes tried to string together some offense on kills by Gonzales and Adria Powell but the gap was too wide as the Wolverines took the set, 25-17.
SET 3: A trio of consecutive blocks cut the deficit to one for the Buckeyes at the 9-8 mark. Michigan started to pull away with a 15-9 lead, forcing Ohio State to use a timeout. A miscue by the home team, kill from Gonzales and ace by Mauer got the Buckeyes within five but it was not enough as the Wolverines had a 25-19 win.
Ohio State heads back to Columbus to host Michigan State on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.