Sept. 1, 2012

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team improved to 5-1 on the season and captured the Maryland Invitational Saturday with a 3-2 (14-25, 22-25, 25-13, 25-22, 15-5) win over host Maryland in the Comcast Pavilion.

Seniors Emily Danks and Mari Hole as well as junior Davionna DiSalvatore were named to the All-Tournament team. Danks was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honor.

Danks had a career night, finishing with a career-best 24 kills to lead all attackers in the match. She added eight digs and three blocks (1s, 2a). Hole recorded her first double-double of the season, recording 13 kills and 13 digs. Junior libero DiSalvatore had a match-high 20 digs to set a new career best.

Setter Taylor Sherwin led the Buckeyes with 33 assists, while Amanda Peterson added 18. Senior Mariah Booth finished with nine kills and freshman Katie Mitchell notched a career-high seven for Ohio State. Sophomore Anna Faul came from off the bench and led the Buckeyes at the net defensively, tallying a career-best three solo blocks along with three block assists for six total.

Maryland (4-2) was led by Ashleigh Crutcher with 19 kills and two solo blocks. Adreene Elliott and Remy McBain added 13 and 10 kills, respectively. McBain and Sarah Harper totaled 13 digs, while McBain finished with 30 assists.

The Terps opened the first on a 4-1 run, but back-to-back Buckeye solo blocks locked the score at five apiece. A trio of three-point Maryland rallies led to a 16-9 Terps lead and a 4-2 run gave the home team a 20-11 advantage. Maryland sailed to a 25-14 win in the first set.

A three-point run led to an Ohio State 4-3 lead in the second set. Maryland pulled ahead at 7-5 and then added to its lead at 15-11. Kills by Danks and Mitchell brought the Buckeyes within two at 18-16 and a three-point Buckeye run cut the Maryland lead to one at 21-20. Back-to-back kills by Danks kept the score 24-22 in favor of the Terps, but the home team prevailed for a 25-22 win.

Ohio State went on a 6-1 run highlighted a pair of kills from Danks and a solo block by Faul. Two ball handling errors by Maryland and a kill from Mitchell put the Buckeyes up 9-2 and a 6-1 Ohio State run brought the Buckeyes to a 15-4 win. Another major Ohio State run set the score at 22-7 and the Buckeyes took the set, 25-13.

The Scarlet and Gray went ahead early at 4-1, while kills by Mitchell and Hole kept the Buckeyes up 7-4. Ohio State held on to its lead all through the set and went up by as much as seven at 21-14. Maryland battled back to come within two at 24-22, but a Terp attack error gave the Buckeyes a 25-22 win to force a fifth and final set.

A handful of Maryland errors led to a 5-1 Ohio State advantage in the fifth. A kill and service ace by Danks brought the Buckeye lead to five at 8-2 and a huge Ohio State run highlighted by three-straight kills from Hole gave the visiting team a 14-4 lead. After surrendering a point to Maryland, the Buckeyes took the come-from-behind match with a 15-5 victory in the fifth set.

Ohio State continues tournament play and travels to Bowling Green, Ky., for the WKU Tournament, Sept. 7-8. The Buckeyes will face nationally-ranked and in-state rival Dayton to open the tournament and follows with matches vs. IUPUI and host Western Kentucky.