COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first match of the WKU Tournament, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team captured a 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12) upset over in-state rival and No. 10 Dayton Friday afternoon at the E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. With the win, the Buckeyes (6-1) handed the Flyers their first loss of the season.
Senior Mari Hole notched her second double-double of the season, finishing with a team-high 21 kills and adding 10 digs. Senior Mariah Booth tallied a career-high 17 kills and 19.5 points and also totaled four blocks (1s, 3a) in the match. Senior Emily Danks had 12 kills and nine digs, while setter Amanda Peterson finished with six kills and 30 assists.
Defensively, libero Davionna DiSalvatore led the squad with 18 digs and freshman Jillian Bauer totaled a career-best 10 digs. Junior Kaitlyn Leary came off the bench and added seven kills, while sophomore Anna Faul had three block assists.
Dayton (6-1) was led by Rachel Krabacher, who tallied a match-high 26 kills and had 12 digs. Libero Janna Krafka finished with a match-high 29 digs, while Isolde Hannan had six blocks (1s, 5a).
The Flyers jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead to force an early Buckeye timeout in the first set. Ohio State responded with a 5-1 run to come within a point at 8-7 and with the help of a handful of Dayton errors, the Buckeyes took their first lead at 11-10. A pair of kills by Hole and another by Leary lifted Ohio State to a 15-12 advantage. An ace by Bauer and kills by Hole and Booth pushed the Buckeyes to a 23-18 lead and the squad held on for a 25-22 win.
The two teams battled back and forth to open set two before a 4-1 Flyer run gave them a 10-7 lead. Dayton took a five-point advantage at 13-8 and held on to its lead throughout the rest of the set. A kill by Booth prevented the Flyers’ first set point, but Dayton held on for a 25-21 victory.
Set three began with a 5-1 Ohio State lead highlighted by a pair of kills by Danks. Kills by Booth and Leary pushed the Buckeyes ahead at 9-4 and a trio of Dayton errors set the score at 15-9 in favor of Ohio State. A kill and an ace by DiSalvatore gave Ohio State its largest lead at 18-11, but the Flyers chipped away at the lead to come within four at 21-17. Kills by Peterson and Hole had the Buckeyes facing set point and a kill by Danks solidified a 25-20 set three win.
Dayton took a three-point lead at 7-4 in set four before the Buckeyes tied it up at eight apiece. Locked at 10-10, a kill by Peterson triggered a 6-1 Ohio State run to put the squad up 16-11. The Flyers were not outdone as the team once again chipped away at the Buckeye lead. A four-point rally tied the set at 18 apiece and Dayton forced a fifth set with a 25-21 victory.
Back-to-back kills from Hole set the score 4-2 in favor of Ohio State before a major Dayton run gave the Flyers the lead and force a Buckeye timeout. Down a point a 10-9, a Buckeye run highlighted by three kills by Hole and a block by Faul and Peterson put Ohio State ahead at 13-10 and a kill by Danks sealed the upset with a 15-12 set five win.
Ohio State plays one more match Friday in the WKU Tournament, facing IUPUI at 5 p.m. ET in Bowling Green.