WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-1, 0-1 Big Ten) was edged out by No. 7 Purdue (9-1, 1-0 Big Ten) in five sets (17-25, 25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 11-15) on Friday night to open Big Ten conference play in front of a sold-out crowd inside Holloway Gymnasium.
How it Happened
Purdue captured the first two points of the match and held onto a narrow lead at the beginning of the first set, leading by one to three points and stretching the advantage to 10-7 and 12-9. The teams continued to trade points as the Boilermakers held a three-point lead, 15-12, at the media timeout. A 4-1 Purdue run forced a Buckeye timeout as they trailed 21-15, the biggest deficit of the match thus far. Ohio State could get no closer, falling in set one by a 25-17 margin.
Ohio State scored first in set two and used a pair of 3-0 runs to take a 9-4 lead on a Gabby Gonzales service ace. Purdue trimmed the OSU lead to 6-4 but six of the next seven points on the floor forced a Boilermakers timeout as the Buckeyes held a 12-5 lead. Ohio State scored the next two points out of the timeout to extend the lead to 14-5 before Purdue responded with a 6-0 run. The Buckeyes called timeout as the lead was down to 14-11. Purdue came within two, 14-12, before OSU scored five of the next six to take an 18-13 lead and force another Boilermakers timeout. Back-to-back kills from Rylee Rader and a kill from Mia Grunze brought up set point for the Buckeyes. After a pair of Purdue points, Londot finished off the set with her 12th kill of the night as Ohio State evened the match at one with a 25-19 set win.
The Buckeyes scored first in the third set but a 6-0 run by the Boilermakers forced an OSU timeout trailing 7-3. Ohio State scored three out of the timeout but then Purdue did the same as the Boilermakers led 10-6. Gonzales and Londot both had kills followed by solo blocks as the Buckeyes tied the set at 13 on a kill from Arica Davis. After being tied at 14, the Boilermakers scored the next three points, but the Buckeyes scored back-to-back and forced a Purdue timeout. After tying the set at 17 and then 18, Ohio State took its first lead since 3-2 with a Boilermakers attack error. Purdue took a timeout with OSU holding the 20-18 advantage. After trading a few points, three-straight from the Buckeyes pushed OSU to a 24-20 lead. A Londot kill sealed the 25-21 set win.
Ohio State scored first in the third-straight set to begin the fourth. The set was tied at one, two, three and five before the Buckeyes took a narrow lead with back-to-back points. OSU maintained a two or three-point lead all the way until the media timeout as the Buckeyes held a 15-12 lead at the break. Purdue tied the set at 17 and 18 before taking its first lead of the set, 20-18, to force a Buckeyes timeout. The Boilermakers did not relinquish the lead, forcing a fifth set with a 25-22 set win.
The Buckeyes scored first on a kill from Arica Davis but three-straight OSU attack errors gave Purdue a 4-1 lead. Ohio State tied the set at four before a Purdue challenge gave the Boilermakers a 5-4 advantage. Purdue would score three-straight to go up 7-4 before OSU responded with the next three to tie the set at seven. The Boilermakers followed with three points to lead 10-7 before the Buckeyes once again responded with three points to tie at 10. Purdue went up 13-11 to force an OSU timeout. An unsuccessful Ohio State challenge and a Boilermakers kill sealed the match.
S2: Mac Podraza kill
S2: Set point (Emily Londot kill)
S3: Set point (Emily Londot kill)
S4: Arica Davis kill
The Buckeyes continue their road trip with a matchup at No. 20 Penn State on Sunday. The match is slated for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on BTN.