Sept. 26, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 20th-ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team won its 12th consecutive match without a loss with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-25 victory at Northwestern (5-7 overall, 0-2 Big Ten). Ohio State, now 12-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, had Buckeye Stacey Gordon (Sr., Oshawa, Ontario) score a match-high 23 points in the match with a match-high 20 kills, one ace serve and four assist blocks. OSU’s Danielle Meyer (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) added 13 points with nine kills and eight assist blocks. Northwestern’s Courtnie Paulus had a team-high nine points for the Wildcats with eight kills and a solo block with Stephanie Jurivich adding seven points with six kills and two assist blocks.
Ohio State broke a four-all tie in game one with four straight points from two Gordon kills, one from Meyer and a Wildcat error to take an 8-4 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead and with a Meyer-Gordon block won the game, 30-23. The Buckeyes hit .359 for the game to .200 for the Wildcats.
Northwestern had a 4-1 lead in game two but OSU rallied to take a 6-5 lead. The Buckeyes continued to expand the lead and with a McCarthy-Nicole Britenriker (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) block won the game at 30-17. Ohio State hit .353 in the game to .000 for Northwestern.
Game three opened with Ohio State taking a 4-0 lead. The Buckeyes built a seven-point lead at 18-11 before the Wildcats cut the lead to one at 20-19. A Meyer kill, a Meyer-Briana McCarthy (So., Beaver Dam, Wis.) block and two Gordon kills opened a 24-19 Ohio State lead. A Marisa Main (So., Louisville, Ky.) kill closed out the match at 30-25. Ohio State hit .191 for the game to -.025 for Northwestern.
Ohio State hit .292 for the match to .057 for Northwestern. The Buckeyes had a 54-30 advantage in kills and a four to one margin in ace serves. OSU gave up nine service error to six for the Wildcats. Defensively, Ohio State had a 55-42 margin in digs with OSU’s Rebecca Kastein (Jr., Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) collecting a match-high 14. The Buckeyes out blocked the Wildcats, 11 to six with OSU’s Meyer recording a match-high eight assist blocks for her career high. OSU’s Main recorded a match-high 43 assists in the match to 26 for Wildcat Drew Robertson.
Ohio State returns home next weekend to host No. 1 ranked Minnesota (13-1, 2-0) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. OSU completes the home stand by hosting Iowa (9-4, 1-1) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. Both matches will be played in St. John Arena.