Oct. 17, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The #22 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team marched into Hoosier Country and swept Indiana University Friday night 27-25, 25-17, 25-20. It marks the fifth consecutive Big Ten victory for OSU, the program’s longest conference winning streak since the 2006 Buckeyes ripped off eight straight B1G battles.
Ohio State moved to 14-5 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play while the Hoosiers fell to 12-7, 3-4. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin steered an offensive onslaught to the tune of a .389 total team attacking efficiency. Following a .262 clip in the opening set, the Buckeyes tore up IU with .469 and .471 hitting percentages in the second and third frames, respectively. Sherwin racked up 45 assists, averaging 15 helpers per set. Over half (51.1%) of Sherwin’s sets were put-away for kills.
Elizabeth Campbell buried 20 kills on 30 swings with just three errors, good for a .567 attacking percentage. Katie Mitchell (13) and Erin Sekinger (11) joined her in the double-digit kills club while Taylor Sandbothe hit .312 with seven terminations on 16 strokes (two errors).
Sideout-palooza occurred in the first set as neither squad led by more than two points throughout. The score was even 18 different times and the lead exchanged hands on six occasions. Indiana’s final two-point edge came at 22-20 before pushing past the Hoosiers moments later and posting a 27-25 winner.
It was much the same in set number two, locked up at 16-16. A Hoosier attack error broke the tie and opened the flood gates. Ohio State seized nine of the final 10 points to notch a 25-17 triumph. Campbell bounced seven kills on 10 errorless swings in the set. Richardson threw up three rejections in the second stanza alone.
At 13-9 after intermission, Indiana looked primed to get back into this one. Ohio State would have none of it, however, going on a six-point run to pass the Hoosiers for good en route to the 25-20 final ledger.
Ohio State remains in the state of Indiana Saturday night, trekking to West Lafayette for a top-25 showdown at #14 Purdue. The top-end Big Ten battle will be broadcast online via BTN Plus starting at 7 p.m. ET.