COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (15-2, 5-2 Big Ten) beat No. 6 Purdue (13-3, 5-2 Big Ten) in four sets (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21) on Friday night inside the Covelli Center.
How it Happened
Purdue scored first and built an early 8-4 lead. The Buckeyes came back to tie the set at 10 and then took a 12-10 lead with four-straight points to force a Boilermakers timeout. Purdue tied the set at 12 but Ohio State took back the lead with a kill from Arica Davis forcing a second PU timeout as the Buckeyes held a 22-19 lead. Three-consecutive Boilermaker points forced a Buckeye timeout as the set was tied at 22. Ohio State scored the next two points and sealed the set on a kill from Gabby Gonzales.
Ohio State scored the first two point of the second set before Purdue got onto the board, but the Buckeyes were the ones to build the early 6-2 lead. The Boilermakers took a timeout after a Rylee Rader service ace that gave OSU a 10-5 lead following three-straight points. The Buckeyes maintained a lead of at least three points until the Boilermakers trimmed it down to 14-12. The teams traded points until Purdue tied it up at 20 and then took its first lead of the set at 21-20, forcing an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes responded with back-to-back points of their own as the Boilermakers then took a timeout. Ohio State closed the 25-21 set win with a block from Davis and Emily Londot.
The Boilermakers struck first in the third set and jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Purdue stayed ahead but Ohio State trimmed its deficit to 11-9. Two successful Boilermaker challenges brought the Purdue lead back up to 15-11 at the media timeout. Purdue took a timeout after back-to-back Ohio State points closed the gap to 17-15. The Buckeyes were forced to take a timeout at 20-17 after getting within one. The Boilermakers continued their run and OSU took a timeout trailing 22-17. Purdue scored the final three points to take the set, 25-19.
Purdue scored first in the fourth, but Ohio State immediately took a 2-1 lead. After being tied at three, Ohio State went on a 4-0 run to force a Purdue timeout. The teams traded points out of the timeout with neither team scoring consecutively until the Boilermakers scored three-straight points to cut the OSU lead to 10-9 and force an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes scored the next seven of 10 points to extend its lead to 17-12. The Boilermakers called timeout after an Ohio State rally increased the lead to 18-13. Purdue cut the lead to three points before four-straight OSU points gave the Buckeyes a 23-16 lead. The Boilermakers answered with the next four points to force a Buckeyes timeout leading by a 23-20 margin. Ohio State sealed the match on a kill from Emily Londot with a 25-21 set win.
S1: Arica Davis kill
S1: Mia Grunze kill
S1: Set point (Gabby Gonzales kill)
S2: Rylee Rader kill
S2: Rylee Rader ace
S2: Set point (Arica Davis/Emily Londot block)
S3: Mia Grunze kill
S3: Arica Davis kill
S4: Ohio State rally
S4: Match point (Emily Londot kill)
What They Said
Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg on facing Purdue:
“I feel like this was a match that we were looking forward to after losing to them a couple weeks ago. They’re a great team and we knew they were going to be a tough opponent – they really frustrate teams with their defense. I’m proud of our team’s preparation heading into this match and just the mindset of we want to be the aggressors and I feel like we did that. The sets turned in our favor. The third set didn’t go our way but I like how they responded.
Senior outside hitter Mia Grunze on playing Purdue at home:
“The fans definitely add to the energy – that’s the biggest change. Here, it’s loud and crazy when we win a point and there, it’s loud and crazy when they do. It’s helpful.”
Sophomore middle blocker Rylee Rader on winning against Purdue:
“We are really similar teams, I think. We have a lot of the same positions that match up. It all came down to who wanted it more and we came out on top.
Ohio State continues its home stand against Rutgers on Saturday with a 7 p.m. ET match. The match will be broadcast live on B1G+ (subscription required). Fans have the opportunity to meet the team following the conclusion of the match.