IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team took care of Iowa in four sets (23-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-19) Friday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win lifts the Buckeyes to 15-16 on the year and 8-11 in the Big Ten while the Hawkeyes fall to 9-21 and 3-16 in conference matchups.
Gabby Gonzales paced the offense with 19 kills on a .459 hitting efficiency and combined it with eight digs, two blocks and two assists. Madison Smeathers added 13 kills, three blocks, three digs and two assists while Jenaisya Moore registered 12 kills and five digs. Mac Podraza recorded her second double-double on 16 assists and a career-high 12 kills with four blocks.
Becca Mauer notched 27 assists, three service aces and two digs. Hannah Gruensfelder and Camry Halm tallied eight digs apiece. Gruensfelder also had three aces. Elle Sandbothe posted eight kills and five rejections. Lauren Witte got in on the action at the net with five blocks and Kylie Murr dug 17 balls.
SET 1: Gonzales connected on six of her eight error-free swings to hit .750 in the opening frame. The Hawkeyes jumped in front, 15-8, which forced the Buckeyes to call for time. A 6-1 run brought Ohio State within two, 16-14, as Iowa headed to its bench. The Buckeyes stayed close but the Hawkeyes took the set, 25-23.
SET 2: The teams exchanged points until Iowa took a slight 16-12 lead. A 6-2 sprint by Ohio State locked the frame at 18-all. The Buckeyes went on a 9-1 run to close the frame, featuring four kills by Moore, for a 25-19 victory.
SET 3: Ohio State scored five unanswered points to push its advantage to 8-3. The Buckeyes extended their lead to 16-10 as the Hawkeyes used their final timeout. Gonzales laid down three kills and a block as Ohio State earned the final nine points of the rally for a 25-11 win. The Buckeyes hit .375 (14-2-32) while holding the Hawkeyes to a .042 clip (7-6-24).
SET 4: The Buckeyes quickly doubled up on the Hawkeyes with a 12-6 mark. Ohio State kept rolling as a Podraza-Smeathers rejection put the squad up 16-7. Iowa tried to rally late with a 3-0 run but the Buckeyes closed out the set, 25-19.
Ohio State concludes the 2019 regular season on Saturday at No. 6 Nebraska. First serve is set for 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.