Sept. 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State women’s volleyball team captured its third tournament title of the season, defeating Xavier, 3-1 (25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13), in the final match of the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic Saturday night. The Buckeyes improved to 9-0 with the win in St. John Arena.
Sherwin led the Buckeyes with 46 assists and eight digs, while senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 22 kills. Junior Erin Sekinger tied a career-best with 15 kills and added five blocks (3s, 2a), while freshman Taylor Sandbothe had 11 kills and three blocks.
The Buckeye back row was once again tough to beat as three finished with double-digit digs. Senior Davionna DiSalvatore had a team-best 17 digs, while classmate Julianne Mandolfo had 16. Freshman Valeria León added 13.
Alex Smith totaled 11 kills for the Xavier (7-3), while Abbie Bressler had 10 and 12 digs. Alex Brown finished with 17 digs and libero Lauren Metzger finished with 12.
Down early in the first, kills from Sekinger and Sherwin ignited a 14-1 Buckeye for a 17-6 lead. Kills by Sandbothe gave Ohio State a 20-9 lead and the squad finished the set on a 5-1 run for a 25-10 win.
The Muskateers rebounded in set two, jumping out to a quick 6-2 advantage to force a Buckeye timeout. Kills from Leary and Sekinger brought Ohio State within two at 10-8 and a kill by Leary sent the squad on a 4-0 run for a 16-14 Buckeye lead. Xavier came out of its own timeout down 20-18 regrouped and closed out the set on a 7-1 run to win 25-21.
The Buckeyes once again found themselves down early, 4-3, but utilized back-to-back Leary kills to take the lead at 6-4. Xavier bounced back and capitalized on Ohio State errors to go ahead 13-12 and the two teams exchanged points throughout the rest of the set. A Sandbothe/Anna Faul block pushed Ohio State ahead at 21-18 and a Sandbothe/Sekinger block gave the Buckeyes a 22-20 advantage. A Sandbothe kill gave the Buckeyes set point and Leary sealed the set with a kill at 25-23.
Locked at two apiece in the fourth, a pair of kills by Sekinger led to a 8-6 Ohio State lead. Up 11-10, the Buckeyes put together a 10-point run highlighted by four kills from Leary to jump ahead at 21-10. A Kacsits kill gave the Buckeyes the match, 25-13.
The Buckeyes close out their tournament schedule at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 20-21. Ohio State will face Maryland Eastern Shore, Valparaiso and host Buffalo in the two-day tournament.