COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (1-1) opened the 2019 season in the brand new Covelli Center with a split on day one of the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic. The Buckeyes got the tournament going by sweeping (25-16, 25-20, 25-14) Lehigh (0-2) before dropping a five-set thriller (25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 12-15) to Texas Tech (2-0) in the nightcap.
Against Lehigh, Mia Grunze led Ohio State with 12 kills and had seven digs. Jenaisya Moore hit .400, chipping in 11 kills. Mac Podraza handed out 25 assists and had a part in four blocks.
In her first match as a Buckeye, Elle Sandbothe recorded six kills and five rejections. Kylie Murr and Camry Halm tallied 12 and nine digs, respectively. As a team, the Buckeyes outscored the Mountain Hawks by 21.5 points.
Ohio State was on a mission in the first set against Texas Tech as it connected on 20 kills and converted at a .425 clip. Grunze came through in a big way with a career-high 30 kills while swinging .343. Three more Buckeyes hit above .300 and finished in double figures – Moore (18), Jordan Fry (12) and Sandbothe (11). Podraza chipped in a career-best 66 assists while Murr dug a career-high 31 balls. Halm and Hannah Gruensfelder notched 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Lauren Witte had six kills, two service aces and three blocks.
The Buckeyes round out their opening weekend with a 7 p.m. matchup against VCU on Saturday.