October 12, 2018

Buckeyes Edged by No. 13 Wolverines in Five



COLUMBUS, Ohio – After coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker (25-14, 25-22, 20-25, 26-28, 15-9) to No. 13 Michigan Friday night inside St. John Arena. The Buckeyes fall to 11-8 overall and 2-5 in Big Ten play while the Wolverines have a 16-2 mark and are 5-2 in league action.

Four Buckeyes reached double figures, led by Jordan Fry with 16 kills. Lauren Witte added 14 kills and a match-high three blocks. Vanja Bukilić also had 14 kills for her fifth straight match with 10-plus. Bia Franklin notched a career-high 12 kills and seven digs.

Adria Powell recorded seven kills, three service aces and two blocks while Audra Appold tied her career mark with 19 digs. Becca Mauer handed out 57 assists and dug 14 balls, both career highs, for her fifth double-double this season. Camryn Moeller and Hannah Gruensfelder had eight and nine digs, respectively.

SET 1: The Buckeyes burned a timeout as the Wolverines took an 11-5 lead. Ohio State tried to get back in the rally but TTUN claimed a 25-14 winner.

SET 2: The score was tight to open the frame until TTUN went ahead 11-6. The Buckeyes closed the gap thanks to a 10-5 run that locked things at 16-all and sent the Wolverines to their bench. Back on the court, the teams were evenly matched but the visitors pulled away in the end, 25-22.

SET 3: Ohio State had a 10-8 edge before the Wolverines tied the score at 12-12. The pair traded shots until four unanswered Buckeye points put them up 18-15 and forced a TTUN timeout. The Buckeyes kept pounding away for a 25-20 victory.

SET 4: It was a back and forth battle throughout the entire set that featured 15 ties. After exchanging points, Ohio State called for time when TTUN had a 21-20 upper hand. It was the Wolverines’ turn to head to sidelines trailing 22-21. The up and down play continued to extend the rally until Fry’s kill and Appold’s ace clinched a 28-26 decision.

SET 5: TTUN got out to an 8-5 advantage to open the deciding set. Ohio State pulled within a pair, 9-7, but the Wolverines wrapped up the match on a 6-2 sprint for the final tally, 15-9.


Ohio State returns to St. John Arena to take on Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. live on ESPN2.