Sep 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team sealed the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational title with a 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 26-24) victory over Florida Gulf Coast Saturday afternoon. With the win, Ohio State improved to 6-0 on the season for the first time since the 2006 season.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary capped a successful weekend with 19 kills for the Buckeyes Freshman Kylie Randall added 10 and classmate Taylor Sandbothe chipped in seven. Seniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo had nine digs apiece, while freshman Valeria León had a career-high three service aces.
Leary was named the tournament Most Valuable Player and Sandbothe and Taylor Sherwin joined her on the all-tournament team.
Kaitlin Holm led the Eagles (0-4) with 11 kills and Gigi Meyer had 30 assists and three service aces. Whitney Masters had six digs and Christine Pinder finished with eight kills.
Kills from Leary and Anna Faul led to a 3-2 advantage to open set one, but the Eagles used a 7-1 rally for a for 12-7 lead. Following a timeout, the Buckeyes regrouped and put together a five-point run to regain a 13-12 advantage. With a 15-14 lead, Ohio State closed out the match on a 10-1 run to win 25-15.
Back-to-back kills by Sherwin gave Ohio State a quick 2-0 lead to start the second before FGCU responded with a 5-1 run for a 5-3 lead. The Buckeyes came back to tie it up at nine apiece and the teams exchanged points until a 4-0 Eagle run led to a 17-14 FGCU lead. Down 21-19, a kill by Sandbothe sent the Buckeyes on a 4-1 run to take the lead at 23-22. Ohio State earned set point at 24-23 and utilized Eagle errors to eventually win the set, 28-26.
Three kills by Leary and a service ace from Mandolfo led to a 4-2 lead in set three. A four-point FGCU run gave the Eagles a 6-4 advantage, but the Buckeyes responded with a run of their own for an 8-6 lead. FGCU battled back and pushed ahead at 15-11 before Eagle errors tied the set at 18. FGCU secured set point at 24-21, but a kill by Sandbothe triggered a 5-0 run to give Ohio State the match, 26-24.
Ohio State officially kicks off its home schedule, hosting the annual Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic, Sept. 13-14, in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will welcome IUPUI, Southeast Missouri and Xavier to the two-day tournament. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID.