September 16, 2017

Buckeyes Sweep Dayton


Sept. 16, 2017

Final Stats


BEXLEY, Ohio —The No. 25 Ohio State women’s volleyball team wrapped up its non-conference schedule by taking down Dayton in straight sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-21) on Saturday at Capital Center. The team finished the Buckeye Invitational with a 2-1 mark and improved to 7-4 on the season.

Ayanna Swan paced the squad with 12 kills, followed by Luisa Schirmer with 11 daggers. Both earned spots on the All-Tournament Team for their efforts over the weekend.

Taylor Hughes was tight in the middle, handing out 36 assists. Hannah Gruensfelder added 18 digs and Ashley Wenz notched nine kills. Madison Smeathers posted seven kills and two blocks.

Set 1: The Buckeyes jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the opening frame to send the Flyers to their bench. Out of the break, Dayton responded with a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to one. Smeathers and Schirmer gave the home team some breathing room before Swan laid down the kill for a 25-22 winner.

Set 2: Ohio State gained control early and maintained that advantage throughout in a 25-18 triumph. Wenz tallied five kills on nine error-free attempts. As a team, the Buckeyes attacked .471 for the set, connecting for 15 kills with just a single error.

Set 3: The final stanza was a nail-biter that featured 12 ties and nine lead changes. Hughes fed the ball 13 times while Lauren Witte was a perfect 3-for-3 on kills. Wenz gave OSU the match-point opportunity before Schirmer put the nail in the coffin as the Buckeyes managed to get past Dayton in the 25-21 clincher.

Ohio State opens Big Ten action when it hosts Maryland on Wednesday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m.