November 22, 2017

Buckeyes Get Past Maryland in Four


Nov. 22, 2017

Final Stats


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Behind four players in double-digit kills, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team bested Maryland in four sets (25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22) in the final road trip of the regular season. With the win, the Buckeyes (15-15, 8-11 B1G) swept the home-and-home series with the Terrapins (17-14, 6-13 B1G).

Luisa Schirmer had her ninth consecutive match in double figures as she paced the Scarlet & Gray on 13 kills and eight digs. Ashley Wenz was right behind her with 12 kills. Madison Smeathers was perfect on the night as she connected on 11-of-19 error-free attempts for a .579 clip. Ayanna Swan rounded out the quartet with 10 kills.

Lauren Witte chipped in seven kills, four digs and two blocks. Becca Mauer dished 46 assists and had nine digs while Hannah Gruensfelder added 13 digs and three service aces.

As a team, Ohio State held Maryland to a .254 hitting percentage while attacking at a .330 rate. The Buckeyes led the match in digs with a 50-32 margin.

SET 1: The Buckeyes hit .455 in the opening set. Maryland burned a timeout early after Ohio State went up 12-8 with back-to-back aces from Gruensfelder. The Buckeyes went on a 7-1 run to extend their lead and Schirmer delivered the final dagger to take the set, 25-18.

SET 2: The Scarlet & Gray opened the second with an 8-3 advantage. The Terps chipped away at OSU’s lead, putting together three straight points to cut the deficit to 22-19. Maryland couldn’t keep the momentum going as a service error handed the Buckeyes the win, 25-20.

SET 3: Ohio State forced Maryland to call for time as it got out to a 6-1 lead in the third, which featured four quick kills by Swan. The Terps used a 9-1 sprint for an 18-16 upper hand. Kills from Swan and Wenz locked the score at 19-all. Maryland scored five of the last six points for a 25-21 victory.

SET 4: The two teams exchanged points to start the fourth. The Buckeyes were able to get some breathing room with kills from Wenz and Schirmer for a 14-10 edge. Maryland battled hard to pull within one, 22-21, but the Buckeyes stayed calm for a 25-22 decision.

Ohio State plays its final regular season match on Saturday when Illinois comes to Columbus. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Buckeyes’ three seniors will be recognized after the match.