Aug. 25, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State women’s volleyball team kicked off the second day of the 2012 Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic with a three-set sweep (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) of Toledo Saturday in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes improved to 2-0 on the year, while the Rockets dropped to 1-2.

Highlighting the team’s win was senior Emily Danks, who recorded her 1000th career kill in the match. The Round Rock, Texas, product becomes the 19th student-athlete to reach the milestone in Ohio State history. Entering tonight’s match, Danks is 19th all-time with 1,006 career kills.

Senior Mari Hole led all players with 13 kills, while junior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 11. Danks added nine to go with two service aces and two block assists. Libero Davionna DiSalvatore had 11 digs and senior setter Amanda Peterson totaled 30 assists.

Toledo was led by Lauren Rafdal and Jordan Kielty with eight kills apiece. Libero McCall Paynter had 11 digs and setter Adria Pryor finished with 30 assists.

Three early Rocket errors led to a 7-3 Ohio State lead in the first and kills by Danks and Leary put the Buckeyes up 12-6. A kill by freshman Andrea Kacsits forced a Toledo timeout at 17-11. Ohio State reached set point on a kill by Mariah Booth, 24-16, but the Rockets went on a three-point run before Leary sealed the win with a kill, 25-19.

Toledo opened the second set on a 5-2 run and pushed to a 7-4 lead on a service ace. Back-to-back Rocket errors and a kill by Danks locked the score at 7-7 and two teams went back in the early part of the set. A kill from Leary triggered a six-point Buckeye run to give Ohio State its first lead of the match, 17-14. Another run by the home squad led to a 21-17 lead and Ohio State took the set, 25-20.

The final set started with Ohio State jumping out to a quick 6-2 lead. Toledo came within one at 7-6, but a kill by Peterson sent the Buckeyes on a 5-2 rally for a 12-8 advantage. Ohio State put together a pair of major runs to take a 22-12 lead and a kill from Hole gave the Buckeyes the match, 25-14.

Ohio State returns to the court Saturday night, taking on No. 20 Oregon in the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic finale. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. in St. John Arena.