November 2, 2019

Buckeyes Handle Terps to Sweep Series

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team took care of business Saturday night by defeating Maryland in straight sets (25-18, 25-18, 30-28) inside the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes improve to 12-12 overall and 5-7 in the Big Ten while the Terrapins fall to 12-12 and 4-8 in conference outings.

Jenaisya Moore had her 11th match of the season in double figures with 19 kills. She hit .395, converting half of her 38 attempts with only four miscues. Gabby Gonzales added 14 kills, nine digs, three blocks and two assists. Becca Mauer had her second double-double with 23 assists and 13 digs.

Elle Sandbothe turned in five kills, four digs, three blocks and a service ace. Madison Smeathers had a .300 clip (4-1-10) and two rejections while Mac Podraza recorded 14 assists, three digs, two kills and a block. Kylie Murr tallied 13 digs and five assists. Hannah Gruensfelder and Bia Franklin had nine and eight digs, respectively. Gruensfelder also served up three aces.

SET 1: The Buckeyes went on a 5-1 run early in the match to force the Terps to call a timeout as they trailed 9-4. Maryland burned its final timeout at the 16-9 mark after a 6-1 sprint by Ohio State. The Terps attempted to rally late but the set went to the Buckeyes, 25-18.

SET 2: Both teams were evenly matched to get the frame going until Maryland jumped ahead 11-6. Ohio State got back on track with six straight points to lead 17-14. The Buckeyes wrapped up the frame on a 7-3 run to grab a 25-18 victory.

SET 3: The final outing featured 18 ties and seven lead changes. A kill by Moore, Maryland error and Sandbothe-Podraza block gave Ohio State a slight 11-10 edge. The Buckeyes needed a break as the Terps regained the lead, 14-12. It was the Terps’ turn to call for time after three straight errors handed Ohio State a 17-16 upper hand. Gruensfelder delivered back-to-back aces but the teams exchanged the next 23 points until Fry and Moore laid down kills to seal the set, 30-28.

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Ohio State stays home to host Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.