Sept. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s volleyball team faced No. 11 Florida State to start the second day of the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup and lost to the Seminoles, 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 13-25, 13-25), at the Athletics/Alumni Center in Houston.
Three seniors in Mari Hole, Mariah Booth and Emily Danks led Ohio State (8-3) offensively. Hole finished with a team-best 15 kills, while Booth had 11 and Danks totaled 10. Booth added five block assists for the Buckeyes and Danks totaled a season-best three service aces. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore had 11 digs and senior setter Amanda Peterson finished with 33 assists.
Yildirim Fatma notched a match-high 20 kills for Florida State (8-2) and Olivera Medic added 13 kills with 14 digs. Katie Mosher led all student-athletes with 18 digs and setters Duygu Duzceler and Sarah Wickstrom had 32 and 23 assists, respectively.
A kill and service ace by Danks highlighted the start of set one as Ohio State took a quick 6-2 lead. The Seminoles responded with a major run, taking their first lead of the set at 9-7. Back-to-back kills by Hole brought the Buckeyes within a point at 11-10, but FSU pushed ahead for a four-point advantage to force an Ohio State timeout at 15-11. A pair of three-point rallies gave the Seminoles a 23-16 lead and the squad took the set, 25-18.
Florida State went up early at 6-3 in the second before a 4-1 Buckeye run locked the set at seven apiece. A kill by Andrea Kacsits triggered a 6-1 Ohio State run for a 13-9 advantage and kills by Kaitlyn Leary and Hole gave the Buckeyes a five-point lead at 15-10. The Seminoles put together a run of their own and tied the set at 19-19 and the squads exchanged points before a trio of FSU attack errors gave the Buckeyes a 25-22 set win.
The third set opened just as the second with the Seminoles taking a quick 6-3 lead. A 4-1 FSU run pushed the score to 11-5 and four-straight points gave the team a 15-7 lead. Back-to-back Seminole points set the score at 19-9 to force a Buckeye timeout and FSU was too much as the team captured the set with a 25-13 victory.
Florida State came out firing in the final stanza, jumping out to a 16-1 lead. Kills by Danks and Booth and a Danks service ace set the score 17-5. A kill by Peterson sparked a 5-1 Buckeye run to cut the lead at 20-11, but FSU sealed the win on back-to-back kills, 25-13.
Ohio State faces host Houston in the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup finale. The match is set for 8:30 p.m. ET in the Athletics/Alumni Center in Houston.