COLUMBUS, Ohio – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released its weekly rankings on Monday. The Buckeyes were ranked sixth in this week’s poll following a four-set victory against No. 6 Purdue and a sweep against Rutgers last weekend inside Covelli. View full rankings HERE.
Ohio State (16-2, 6-2 Big Ten) began the week with its second top-10 victory of the season, defeating No. 6 Purdue in four sets (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21) inside the Covelli Center on Friday evening. The Buckeyes out-hit the Boilermakers and limited its opponent to hitting less than .200 for the 13th time this season. OSU had four players reach double-figure kills and three reach double-figure digs as Emily Londot recorded her fifth double-double of the season. Gabby Gonzales became the 35th player in program history to reach both 500 career kills and digs. View full Purdue recap HERE.
The Buckeyes enjoyed their best hitting performance (.443) of the season in the sweep (25-13, 25-20, 25-6) against Rutgers on Saturday evening at Covelli. Ohio State began strong with the first eight points of the match and never looked back. Rutgers only led once the entire match, 6-5 of the second set, before Ohio State took the lead again with back-to-back points. The Buckeyes used an 18-0 run in the third set to wrap up the match quickly, hitting .583 in the set and forcing the Scarlet Knights to hit in the red (-.069). Arica Davis recorded her 100th kill in the match. View full Rutgers recap HERE.
This is Ohio State’s eighth-straight week being ranked in the top 10 and its highest ranking since Sept. 20. This is the fourth time in program history that OSU has been in the top 10 for at least eight-straight weeks. The last time the Buckeyes were in the top 10 for eight weeks in a row was during the 2004 season. During the 1994 season was the only other time in program history that OSU spent three weeks in the top five.