COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (21-10 overall, 9-9 Big Ten) closed out the regular season home schedule with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 28-26) victory over 25th-ranked Northwestern (18-11, 8-10) Saturday evening in St. John Arena. It was the final regular season home match for seniors Katie Dull, Anna Szerszen, Betsy Hone, Allie Schwarzwalder and Susan Halverson. Dull produced a match-high 18 points with 15 kills (.275), two ace serves and two assist blocks. Szerszen contributed 12.5 points with 12 kills (.400) and one assist block. Northwestern’s Christina Kaelin had 12 points and Sabel Moffett, 10 for the Wildcats. Kaelin posted 11 kills and two assist blocks while Moffett had nine kills and two assist blocks.
With set one tied at three and Emily Danks serving, the Buckeyes ran off seven consecutive points starting with a Kelli Barhorst kill and a Barhorst-Dull block to make it 5-3. A Hone kill, an ace by Danks, a Barhorst kill and a Wildcat error made it 9-3 as Northwestern called time out. A Dull kill followed to make the lead, 10-3. Northwestern cut the lead to 18-14 with a Kaelin kill. OSU kills from Barhorst and Szerszen and two Wildcat errors made it 22-14. Two Kaelin kills cut the lead to six at 22-16. Two Wildcat errors gave Ohio State set point at 24-16. A Kaelin kill stopped the point at 24-17. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-17, with a kill from Szerszen to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .379 for the set to .057 for Northwestern.
Set two opened with a Wildcat error and a kill from Barhorst for a 2-0 Buckeye lead. A Moffett kill cut the lead to 2-1. A five point run by Ohio State took the OSU lead to 7-1. The run included kills from Danks, Dull and Hone and two Wildcat errors. Kills from Stephanie Holthus and Moffett cut the margin to 7-3. A 7-1 Buckeye run opened a 14-4 Ohio State lead that Northwestern could not close. At 23-12, a Schwarzwalder-Hone block made it set point at 24-12. Northwestern, with a kill from Madalyn Shalter and an ace serve from Alex Ayers stopped two set points to make it 24-14. A Danks kill gave Ohio State the set at 25-14 and a 2-0 lead in the match. The Buckeyes hit .481 for the set to .083 for Northwestern.
Northwestern battled the Buckeyes in the third set with nine ties and six lead changes. At two-all, kills from Shalter and Holthus gave Northwestern a 4-2 lead. Kills from Dull and Danks tied the set at four. After several ties, the Wildcats took a 9-8 lead with a Naomi Johnson solo block. A Wildcat error tied the set at nine and with kills from Danks and Szerszen and a Wildcat error gave Ohio State a 12-9 lead. Leading, 17-14, two kills from Szerszen and a Northwestern error opened a 20-14 Buckeye lead. The Wildcats, with two Kaelin kills, one from Johnson and a Gabrielle Gray ace serve cut the OSU lead to 20-18. The Buckeyes held the lead to reach match point at 24-23 with a kill from Dull. A Holthus kill stopped the match point at 24-23. An Elyse Glab-Moffett block tied the set at 24. Northwestern took a 25-24 lead with a kill from Moffett and had set point. A Hone kill stopped the point to tie the set at 25. A Wildcat error made it 26-25 with OSU serving its third match point at 26-25. A Johnson kill stopped the point to tie the set at 26. Ohio State earned a fourth match point at 27-26 with a Barhorst-Szerszen block. The set ended at 28-26 Ohio State when the officials issued a red card to the Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan awarding match point to Ohio State to complete the 3-0 sweep. The Buckeyes hit .273 for the set to .216 for the Wildcats.
Ohio State hit .360 for the match to .131 for Northwestern. The Buckeyes had a 44-38 advantage in kills and a 38-35 margin in assists. OSU’s Hone and Northwestern’s Glab each recorded 32 assists in the match. Ohio State had a 5-4 edge in ace serves with OSU’s Dull recording a match-high two. Northwestern gave up six service errors to five for the Buckeyes. Defensively, OSU had a 56-44 margin in digs with OSU’s Sarah Mignin posting a match-high 19. NU’s Julie Chin collected a team-high 13 for Northwestern. At the net, the Wildcats had a 6-5 advantage in team blocks. Sharing match-high honors were OSU’s Barhorst with three assists and Northwestern’s Johnson with a solo and two assist blocks.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season the road matches at 19th-ranked Minnesota Friday and at Iowa Saturday.
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