Sept. 23, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 24th-ranked Ohio State (11-3 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team opened Big Ten Conference play at Iowa City with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18) victory over Iowa (10-4, 0-1) Friday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. OSU’s Mari Hole posted a match-high 23 points with 19 kills (.255), two ace serves, one solo block and two assist blocks with Emily Danks adding 18 points with 14 kills (.371), one ace serve, one solo block and four assist blocks. Iowa’s Alex Lovell recorded a team-high 20.5 points with 19 kills (.341), one solo block and one assist block. Tiffany Nilges added 12.5 points for the Hawkeyes with 11 kills (.212), one ace serve and one assist block.
OSU trailed 4-3 in the first set when a kill from Danks tied the set at four. Two Iowa errors and a Kelli Barhorst-Taylor Sherwin block gave Ohio State a 7-4 lead. The Buckeyes held a 15-8 lead but saw Iowa score five consecutive points to cut the margin to 15-13. At 19-17, kills from Mariah Booth and Danks took the OSU lead to 21-17. The Hawkeyes responded with a Megan Eskew kill and her two ace serves and a Lovell kill to tie the set at 21. Another Lovell kill and a Hawkeye error tied the set at 22. A Lovell kill and a Chante’ Thompson ace serve gave Iowa set point at 24-22. A kill from Danks stopped the set point at 24-23. The Hawkeyes, with a Lovell kill, won the set, 25-23, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Iowa hit .289 for the set to .500 for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes opened set two with three consecutive kills from Danks and one from Booth to take a 4-0 lead. OSU never trailed in the set and expanded the lead to nine at 19-8. Iowa, with a three point run, cut the lead to six at 18-12. Trailing, 23-16, Iowa used a Thompson-Nilges block and an OSU error to cut the margin to five at 23-18. Ohio State reached set point at 24-18 with a kill from Danks. A Lovell kill stopped the first set point at 24-19 and a Mallory Husz-Lovell block stopped a second set point at 24-20. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Erin Sekinger, won the set 25-20, to tie the match at one set each. Ohio State hit .298 in the set to .159 for Iowa.
Kills from Booth and Sekinger, an ace serve from Sarah Mignin and an Iowa error opened set three to give Ohio State a 4-0 lead. After a Nilges kill, a kill and ace serve from Danks gave OSU a 6-1 lead. The Hawkeyes scored the next four points with kills from Nilges and Lovell, a Husz-Nikki Dailey block and a Lovell solo block to trail, 6-5. Kills from Sekinger and Husz made it 7-6. The Hawkeyes, with a Kari Mueller ace serve, tied the set at seven. OSU scored the next five points with kills from Hole and Booth, a Barhorst ace serve, an Iowa error and a Hole solo block for a 12-7 lead. Iowa cut the lead to three at 13-10 but two kills from Hole, kills from Sekinger and Danks and a Hawkeye error opened an 18-10 Buckeye lead. At 22-14, kills from Barhorst and Hole gave OSU set point at 24-14. A Hawkeye error ended the set at 25-14 to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead in the match. OSU hit .297 for the set to .057 for Iowa.
Ohio State opened set four with a Booth kill, two ace serves from Hole and a Danks-Booth block for a 4-0 lead. At 7-4, a Husz kill, an OSU error, and a Bethany Yeager ace serve tied the set at seven. OSU kills from Hole and Booth and a Hawkeye error gave OSU a 10-7 lead. Trailing, 12-9, two kills from Nilges and one from Eskew tied the set at 12. An OSU error gave Iowa a 13-12 lead. A kill from Booth and her solo block followed by an Iowa error returned the lead to OSU at 15-13. A Nilges kill made it 15-14. At 17-16, kills from Sekinger, Barhorst and Hole opened a 20-16 Buckeye lead. At 21-17, an Erin Leppek kill cut the margin to three at 21-18. A kill from Hole and a Booth-Danks block forced an Iowa time out at 23-18. Sherwin, with an ace serve, gave Ohio State match point at 24-18. The Buckeyes, with a Hawkeye error, won the set 25-18 to win the match, 3-1. OSU hit .231 for the set to .064 for Iowa.
Ohio State hit .320 for the match to .140 for Iowa. The Buckeyes had a 65-48 advantage in kills and a 61-45 margin in assists. OSU’s Sherwin recorded a match-high 50 while Iowa’s Dailey recorded a team-high 41. The Hawkeyes had a 7-6 edge in ace serves. Iowa’s Eskew and OSU’s Mignin shared match-high honors with two aces each. OSU gave up five service errors to two for Iowa. Defensively, Ohio State had an 81-65 advantage in digs. Sharing match high honors with 19 each were Iowa’s Yeager and OSU’s Mignin. At the net, OSU had a 12-6 margin in team blocks. OSU’s Booth posted a match-high six total blocks with a solo and five assist blocks. Iowa’s Husz recorded a team-high four total blocks with two solos and two assist blocks.
Ohio State travels to Lincoln, Neb., for a 7 p.m. CDT match Saturday against tenth-ranked Nebraska (8-1, 1-0) in the NU Coliseum.
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