Oct. 19, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 24th-ranked Ohio State (14-8 overall, 4-5 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team lost a 3-0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-15) decision at ninth-ranked Penn State (14-5, 7-2) Wednesday night in Rec Hall before a crowd of 2,106. OSU’s Mari Hole posted a match-high 14 points in the match with 13 kills (.320) and two assist blocks. Emily Danks added 11.5 points with 10 kills (.400), one ace serve and one assist block. Penn State’s Katie Slay recorded a team-high 13.0 points for the Nittany Lions with nine kills (.533) and eight assist blocks. Ariel Scott added 10.5 points with eight kills (.250) and five assist blocks.
With the first set tied at four, a Penn State error and a Kelli Barhorst, Hole, and Amanda Peterson block gave OSU a 6-4 lead. A Buckeye error made it 6-5. At 7-6, a PSU error and a Mariah Booth-Hole block made it 9-6. The Buckeyes took the lead to four at 15-11 with a Hole kill. A Maddie Martin kill, a Martin-Slay block and a Martin solo block cut the lead to one at 15-14. A Hole kill stopped the run at 16-14. Kills from Slay and Scott tied the set at 16. A Scott-Slay block and an OSU error gave Penn State an 18-16 lead. At 23-21, a Hole kill cut the lead to one at 23-22. Penn State reached set point at 24-22 with a kill from Slay. A kill by Hole stopped the set point at 24-23. A Nittany Lion error stopped a second set point at 24-all. A Buckeye error made it 25-24 and set point for PSU. A kill from Danks tied the set at 25 stopping a third set point. A Scott kill made it 26-25 PSU. Ohio State stopped a fourth set point with a Kaitlyn Leary kill to tie the set at 26. Penn State won the set off two OSU errors at 28-26 to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Nittany Lions hit .333 for the set to .237 for Ohio State.
Ohio State opened set two with three points off a Penn State error, a Booth-Danks block and a kill by Hole. At 4-1, an OSU error, a Scott-Slay block and a kill from Scott tied the set at four. A Buckeye error and a Deja McClendon kill gave the Nittany Lions a 6-4 lead. Penn State held a 17-11 lead when two kills from Danks, a Danks ace serve and a kill from Hole cut the margin to two at 17-15. A Scott kill and two from Martin gave PSU a 20-15 lead. At 22-17, a Hole kill cut the margin to four at 22-18. A Micha Hancock kill and a Hancock-Slay block gave Penn State set point at 24-18. The Nittany Lions, with a McClendon kill, won the set, 25-18, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Penn State hit .433 for the set to .310 for Ohio State. Penn State scored the first five points of the third set with two ace serves from Hancock, kills from McClendon and Slay and an OSU error. At 6-1, kills from Hole and Danks and a PSU error cut the lead to two at 6-4. A kill from Slay and two from Martin opened the Nittany Lion lead to 9-4. Penn State held the lead to reach match point at 24-14 off an OSU error. A Nittany Lion error stopped the match point at 24-15. PSU, with a Hancock kill, won the set, 25-15, to sweep the match, 3-0. For the set, Penn State hit .307 to .091 for OSU. Penn State hit .389 for the match to .225 for Ohio State.
The Nittany Lions had a 45-37 advantage in kills and a 41-32 margin in assists. PSU’s Hancock recorded a match-high 32 assists while OSU’s Peterson had a team-high 16 with Taylor Sherwin adding 11. Penn State had a 3-1 margin in ace serves with Hancock posting a match-high two. The Nittany Lions gave up 10 service errors to nine for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State had a 31-29 edge in digs. OSU’s Hole posted a match-high 11 digs while Penn State’s Ali Longo recorded a team-high nine. At the net, Penn State had a 10 to 5.5 margin in team blocks. Slay posted a match-high eight assists blocks for the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday to host Michigan State. #
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