Sept. 14, 2013

Box Score


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team topped Southeast Missouri State, 3-1 (25-12, 20-25, 25-19, 25-13), in the 2013 Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic Saturday afternoon. Ohio State improved its record to 8-0, while the Redhawks fell to 4-4.

Freshman Valeria León tallied a career-high 15 digs for the Buckeyes. Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led all student-athletes with 21 kills and contributed 12 digs for her fourth double-double. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin had her second-straight double-double of the weekend with 48 assists and 13 digs.

Defensively, seniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo added 13 digs each. Freshman Taylor Sandbothe had three blocks, while Kylie Randall, Anna Faul and Andrea Kacsits had two each.

Southeast Missouri senior Berkley Idel led all student-athletes with 17 digs. Senior outside hitter Colleen Yarber set a team-high of eight kills for the Redhawks.

In the first set, the Buckeyes started strong offensively with a total of 15 kills. Ohio State opened on a 3-0 run highlighted by a solo block and kill from Randall. Kacsits contributed a service ace to give the team an 11-6 advantage. The Buckeyes utilized a 10-2 run for a 21-10 lead and kills from Randall and Kacsits gave the team a 25-12 win.

In the second set, SEMO benefited from of early Buckeye errors to take a 7-2 lead.   Ohio State took its second timeout after a 4-0 Redhawk run led to a 15-9 score. As the set progressed, the Buckeyes battled back to come within two at 18-16, but SEMO held its momentum to win 25-20.

DiSalvatore served for an Ohio State seven-point run, including two aces, for an early 9-2 lead in the third set.  The Redhawks attempted to chip away at the Buckeye, but three straight SEMO errors pushed Ohio State up 17-10. The Buckeyes held their lead to end of the set and headed into the fourth on a kill by Leary, 25-19.

Erin Sekinger started the Buckeyes off with a kill in the fourth set and a Leary kill led to a 4-1 lead.  Ohio State went on a 9-1 run, including three kills from Leary, for a 14-4 advantage. Back-to-back Leary kills put the Buckeyes up 21-10 and kills from Sandbothe and Sekinger sealed the 25-13 win.

Ohio State looks to capture its third tournament title of the season Saturday evening, hosting Xavier at 7 p.m. in the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic in St. John Arena.