November 26, 2021

Buckeyes End Regular Season with Maryland Sweep

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 9 Ohio State women’s volleyball team (25-5, 15-5 Big Ten) earned the sweep (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) at Maryland (19-12, 7-12 Big Ten) on Friday evening in College Park in the regular-season finale.

How it Happened

Maryland scored first but Ohio State immediately responded with the next four points to take an early 4-1 lead. The Buckeyes maintained a lead of at least two points, scoring after the Terps cut the difference to 11-9 and 12-10. A Rylee Rader service ace forced a Maryland timeout as OSU held the 17-12 advantage. Back-to-back kills from Gabby Gonzales caused another Terps timeout with the Buckeyes out front by a 22-16 margin. Rader sealed the 25-19 set win with her third kill of the match.

Hannah Gruensfelder’s service ace put the Buckeyes on the board first in the second set. The teams traded early 3-0 runs and were tied at seven. Ohio State regained the lead, but Maryland would fight back to tie the set at 15 and take a 16-15 lead. Back-to-back OSU points forced a Terps timeout as the Buckeyes took a 21-20 lead. Ohio State scored the next two points out of the timeout as Maryland took another timeout at 23-20. The Terps got within one, 24-23, before a kill from Rader sealed the 25-23 set win.

The Terps had the first point of the third set as the teams were tied at every point until a 4-1 OSU run gave the Buckeyes an 11-9 lead. Maryland responded with a 4-1 run of its own to take a 13-12 lead. Emily Londot and Arica Davis teamed up for three blocks as part of a 4-0 OSU run to take an 18-15 lead and force a Terps timeout. The Buckeyes extended the run to seven-unanswered points to extend the lead to 21-15. Ohio State wrapped up the sweep with back-to-back points to capture the 25-18 win in the third set on a kill from Gonzales.

Highlights

S1: Mac Podraza dump kill

S1: Gabby Gonzales kill

S1: Set point (Rylee Rader kill)

S2: Emily Londot kill

S2: Arica Davis kill/Gabby Gonzales dig

S2: Set point (Rylee Rader kill)

S3: Mac Podraza/Rylee Rader block

S3: Gabby Gonzales kill

S3: Arica Davis/Emily Londot block

S3: Match point (Gabby Gonzales kill)

Match Notes

  • This is Ohio State’s 17th sweep victory of the season and 10th of conference play.
  • The Buckeyes defense limited their opponent to hitting less than .200 for the 20th time this season as the Terrapins hit .147 on the match. UMD did not have any players reach double-figure kills nor digs.
  • Ohio State’s offense hit over .300 for the 16th time this season, hitting .355 on the match.
  • Gabby Gonzales recorded eight kills in the first set on her way to 16 in the match, recording double-figure kills for the 15th-straight match and 24th overall match this season. She tallied her ninth double-double of the season by adding 10 digs.
  • Emily Londot reached double-figure kills for the 20th time this season, totaling 12 kills. Londot did not have an error until 23-18 in the third set as she hit .524.
  • Kylie Murr led all players with 11 digs, reaching double figures for the 11th-straight match and the 27th time this season.
  • Rylee Rader had nine kills on 18 attacks with no errors (.500).
  • Set one: Ohio State did not trail in the set after 1-0.
  • Set one: Neither team scored more than two unanswered points after an early 4-0 OSU run to take a 4-1 lead.
  • Set two: The set was tied 13 times. After trailing 4-3, the Buckeyes did not trail again until 16-15.
  • Set two: At the conclusion of the set, Gonzales and Londot had combined for 21 kills while the Maryland roster totaled 20. The two combined for 28 total kills during the match while the Terps totaled 29.
  • Set three: Londot and Arica Davis teamed up for three blocks over four points as OSU grabbed an 18-15 lead.
  • Set three: Ohio State rattled off seven-unanswered points, the longest run by either team during the match.

Up Next

The regular season is complete. The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

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