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.
S1: Set point (Rylee Rader kill)
S2: Set point (Rylee Rader kill)
S3: Match point (Gabby Gonzales kill)
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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