September 28, 2022

Buckeyes Take Mid-Week Rivalry Match in Four Sets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-5, 2-1 B1G) won in four sets (25-22, 25-18, 17-25, 25-21) at RV Michigan (11-2, 2-1 B1G) on Wednesday in the first mid-week match of the season.

The first set was close from wire-to-wire with Ohio State earning the 25-22 set win on back-to-back points. The Buckeyes took control of the second set with a couple early runs and capped a 25-18 set win with three-consecutive points. Michigan won the third set by a 25-17 margin on the back of a pair of runs midway through the set. Ohio State held off a late Michigan surge to win the fourth set by a 25-21 mark.

How it Happened

Gabby Gonzales began the match with a kill, but Michigan took its first lead of the back with back-to-back points. Ohio State regained the lead before the teams traded points, tying at every point until two points from Michigan gave the Wolverines a 9-7 lead. Michigan extended its lead to 11-8 before a 3-0 run from OSU tied the set at 11. The Buckeyes went into the media timeout on a 4-1 run and holding a 15-14 lead. The Wolverines took a 16-15 lead before the Buckeyes went on a 4-0 run amidst a Michigan timeout to lead 19-16. UM got back within one at 20-19 before the teams alternated scoring. The Buckeyes scored back-to-back to seal the 25-22 set win on an Emily Londot kill

Gonzales started the second set with the Buckeyes’ first ace of the evening. The Wolverines took their first lead of the set at 4-3. Ohio State strung together a 5-0 run with an ace from Sarah Sue Morbitzer forcing a Michigan timeout with the Buckeyes leading 8-4. OSU extended its run to 9-1 to take a 12-5 lead before four-consecutive points from the Wolverines forced a Buckeye timeout leading 12-9. Michigan used a 3-0 run to get within two at 14-12. OSU used a three-point run of its own to extend its lead to 18-13 and force a second Wolverine timeout. Michigan got as close as four points at 22-18 before Ohio State closed the set with three-consecutive points to win 25-18.

Londot started the third set with her eighth kill of the match before Michigan scored back-to-back to grab its first lead of the set. Morbitzer had her second ace of the match amidst a 3-0 Buckeye run as OSU took the lead back at 6-5. Michigan responded with a 5-1 run to lead 12-9 to force an Ohio State timeout, the biggest lead for either team in the set. The Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes 6-2 out of the timeout to extend the Michigan lead to 18-12 and force a second OSU timeout. The Wolverines forced a fourth set with a 25-17 set win.

Michigan scored first in the fourth set. After being tied at three, Ohio State scored the next four points to force a Wolverines timeout. The Buckeyes maintained a small advantage at 12-8 before OSU strung together a 5-0 run amidst a Michigan timeout to extend the lead to 17-8. The Wolverines responded with a 4-0 run of their own to close the gap to 17-12. Michigan extended its run to 7-1 to trim the OSU lead to 18-15 and force a timeout. The Wolverines got within one at 18-17 to force a second OSU timeout. The Buckeyes scored the next three points out of the timeout and won the match on a service error and a 25-21 fourth set win.

Highlights

S1: Rylee Rader block

S1: Jenaisya Moore kill

S1: Adria Powell/Mac Podraza block

S1: Rylee Rader/Jenaisya Moore block

S1: Set point

S2: Rylee Rader/Jenaisya Moore block

S2: Sarah Sue Morbitzer ace

S2: Gabby Gonzales kill

S2: Rylee Rader overpass

S2: Mac Podraza kill, Kylie Murr digs

S2: Set point

S3: Rylee Rader/Mac Podraza block

S4: Jenaisya Moore kill

S4: Adria Powell/Mac Podraza block

S4: Mac Podraza/Rylee Rader block

S4: Gabby Gonzales kill

Match Notes

  • The Buckeye defense totaled a season-best 10.0 blocks and forced its opponent to hit under .200 for the fifth time this season (third-consecutive match).
  • Gabby Gonzales recorded her sixth match with at least 10 kills this season, surpassing double figures in the second set as the first in the match to 10 kills.
  • Gonzales also earned her second double-double of the season as she tied her career-high 22 kills and tied her season-high 12 digs. She scored a career-high 24.0 points.
  • Kylie Murr totaled a season-best 19 digs, registering double figures for the ninth time this season.
  • Jenaisya Moore totaled at least 10 kills for the sixth time this season.
  • This is the second match this season and the second of her career that Sarah Sue Morbitzer has totaled more than one ace.
  • Mac Podraza recorded her 600th career dig.
  • Morbitzer recorded at least 10 digs for the third time this season, finishing the match with 12 digs, just one shy of her career-high.
  • Rylee Rader reached 10 kills for the second time this season with 12 kills on the evening. She recorded her 100th career dig.
  • Rader (6), Mac Podraza (6) and Adria Powell (4) all tied their season-highs in blocks.
  • This is the fifth time this season that Gonzales has recorded two aces.
  • Set one: The teams were tied at every point until back-to-back Michigan points gave the Wolverines a 9-7 lead. The set featured 12 ties and six lead changes.
  • Set one: Ohio State hit .314 compared to Michigan’s .149.
  • Set two: The Buckeyes took a 5-4 lead amidst an early 9-1 run and would not relinquish the lead.
  • Set two: OSU had its best offensive set of the match, hitting .394.
  • Set four: Ohio State trailed in the set only once, at 2-1.

Up Next

Ohio State is on the road this Saturday at Indiana. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. in a match broadcast live on B1G+.

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