Sept. 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No.13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-22) to No. 15 Michigan State Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes dropped to 13-1 and 1-1 in the Big Ten play.
Freshman Taylor Sandbothe led the Scarlet and Gray with 12 kills, finishing with a .524 attack percentage (12-1-21). The Lee’s Summit, Mo., product added three blocks for the Buckeyes. Classmate Kylie Randall totaled 11 kills and concluded the match with a team-best .529 attack percentage (11-2-17). Senior Kaitlyn Leary recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs.
Michigan State (13-1, 2-0) had a pair of Spartans finish with 12 kills in Chloe Reinig and Lauren Wicinski. Libero Kori Moster had 13 digs and Alexis Mathews finished with four blocks (1s, 3a).
Set one kicked off with the team’s battling back and forth until kills from Leary and Randall got the Buckeye momentum going early, 9-6. The Spartans responded with a run to tie the set at 11, but Ohio State utilized MSU errors to go up 16-13. Following a Michigan State timeout, the Spartans put together a 6-0 run to take a 20-18 advantage for their first lead since to early part of the set. Ohio State answered with a service ace and a block to lock it up at 21. The comeback wasn’t enough, however, as the Spartans went on to win, 27-25.
Down 7-3 in the set two, the Buckeyes went on a quick 4-1 run to chip away at the Michigan State lead and came within a point at 7-8. A pair of MSU errors and two back-to-back kills from Randall tied it up at 16-all, but the Spartans replied with a run to push ahead at 20-17. The Buckeyes called a timeout down 23-21 and followed with a Sandbothe kill, but the Spartans took the set with a score of 25-23.
Set three started with an 11-7 Michigan State advantage, but the Ohio State utilized a pair of Spartan errors and two Sandbothe kills to come within two at 13-11. MSU jumped ahead with a pair of two-point runs for a 20-15 lead and closed out the match with a 25-22 win.
Up next, Ohio State takes to the road for a pair of Big Ten matches, Oct. 4-5. The Buckeyes will face nationally-ranked Purdue, Oct. 4, in West Lafayette at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio State closes out the weekend at Indiana, Oct. 5, in a 7 p.m. ET match.