September 5, 2019

Buckeyes Hit the Road for Champyinz Invitational


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team travels to the Steel City for its first road trip of the season to take part in the Champyinz Invitational. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 Pittsburgh Friday at 8 p.m. ET at PPG Paints Arena, the site of the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Action continues Saturday at Fitzgerald Field House against Duquesne and Green Bay at 11 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, respectively.

MatchesDateTimeLive StatsLive Stream ($)
Ohio State vs. No. 10 PittFriday, Sept. 68 p.m. StatsESPN+
Ohio State vs. DuquesneSaturday, Sept. 711 a.m. Stats
Ohio State vs. Green BaySaturday, Sept. 76 p.m.Stats


Friday’s opener against Pitt will be the 23rd meeting of a series that dates back to 1972. The last battle took place in Columbus in 2010 when the Buckeyes swept the Panthers during the Sports Imports Classic, extending their lead in the all-time series to 14-8. Pitt began its season at home last weekend with a 3-0 record.

Ohio State and Duquesne have only faced off twice with matches in 1996 and 2008. The Buckeyes have a 3-2 win and 3-0 victory over the Dukes. Duquesne brings a 2-1 mark into the weekend.

The two previous contests between Ohio State and Green Bay have gone the distance with a pair of five-set wins for OSU. The Phoenix looks to improve on their 4-0 record.


Ohio State went 2-1 at the 15th annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic to open the season at the Covelli Center. The Buckeyes swept Lehigh and had a 3-1 victory over VCU but fell to Texas Tech in five sets. Jenaisya Moore and Mia Grunze earned spots on the all-tournament team.


The first weekend in Covelli was highlighted by multiple career performances. Mia Grunze recorded a career-high 30 kills and 30.5 points against Texas Tech. Through three matches, she hit .304 and averaged 4.91 kills per set. Jenaisya Moore had the hot hand for the Buckeyes against VCU as she had a .340 hitting clip with a career-best 23 kills. Mac Podraza handed out 66 assists, a career high, against the Red Raiders. She posted double-digit assists in every match and averaged 11.25 helpers per set.


Ohio State added eight new Buckeyes to the 2019 roster. The incoming class featured six freshmen – Cecilia Rocafort, Kylie Murr, Gabby Gonzales, Reilly MacNeill, Mac Podraza and Jenaisya Moore. The squad also welcomed two transfers, graduate student Abby Julian and senior Elle Sandbothe.


The women’s volleyball team will be the first Buckeyes to compete in the brand new Covelli Center, a 3,700-seat arena that is home to seven varsity sports. The state-of-the-art facility is part of the new Ohio State Athletic District and spans over 100,000 square feet in total, including a locker room and coaching suite designed specifically for women’s volleyball. The program spent 33 years competing in the storied St. John Arena before making the transition to Covelli in 2019.


Ohio State continues its road swing with a trip south for the Holiday Inn-University Plaza Invitational Sept. 13-14. The Buckeyes will face Western Kentucky, Tulane and Bowling Green.