Sept. 14, 2013
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.
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.