Oct. 6, 2012

The No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-23), Saturday evening on the road. The Buckeyes improved to 13-5 and 4-2 in the Big Ten.

Senior Mari Hole led the team with 18 kills in the Buckeye victory, while Amanda Peterson recorded 36 assists. Emily Danks and Anna Faul each recorded seven blocks against the Wildcats.

In three sets, the Buckeyes recorded 51 digs. Junior Julianne Mandolfo finished with a season-high 17 digs, while classmate Davionna DiSalvatore added 13 digs.

After a service error by Northwestern tied the score at 5-5 in set one, Hole led the Buckeyes on a 5-0 run with a block and four consecutive kills to take a 10-5 lead. Ohio State continued to pull ahead of the Wildcats by going on a 6-1 run with two blocks from Danks and Faul to take a 17-8 advantage. A service ace by Jillian Bauer brought Ohio State to set point and a kill by Faul secured set one for the Buckeyes, 25-13.

Ohio State took a 3-0 lead to start set two, but the advantage was followed by a 6-3 Wildcat rally to tie the set at 6-6. A kill by Danks at the 12-14 mark triggered a 3-0 run for the Buckeyes with Kaitlyn Leary adding a block and a kill to go ahead 15-14 in set two. A service ace by Northwestern closed the gap to 20-19 after a 4-2 run by the Wildcats. Back and forth points from the Buckeyes and Wildcats concluded in an ace by Danks to clinch the second set, 25-23. This ace broke the Ohio State career ace record set by Lisa Bettio in 1985 and was the 208th of her career.

A kill by Andrea Kacsits prompted a 4-1 run by the Buckeyes to take a 6-3 lead in the third set. Back-to-back attack errors by the Buckeyes along with a kill by Northwestern tied the score at 15-15, forcing a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State responded with a 4-1 run highlighted by two kills from Hole to take a 19-16 advantage over the Wildcats. Leary notched a kill to bring the set to match point, 24-21. The Wildcats battled back to within one at 24-23, but a kill by Hole sealed the deal for the Buckeyes, 25-23.

The Buckeyes will return to Columbus to host Indiana and Purdue, Oct. 12-13 at St. John Arena. Both matches start at 7 p.m. ET and ticket information can be found at