September 24, 2021

No. 3 Ohio State Edged by No. 7 Purdue


Box Score | Season Stats

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.


S1: Arica Davis/Emily Londot block

S2: Mac Podraza kill

S2: Arica Davis/Emily Londot block

S2: Set point (Emily Londot kill)

S3: Gabby Gonzales solo block

S3: Emily Londot solo block

S3: Set point (Emily Londot kill)

S4: Arica Davis kill

S5: Rylee Rader/Mac Podraza block

Match Notes

  • This is the second match of the season that the Buckeyes have had five players with double-figure kills.
  • Kylie Murr totaled a season-high 29 digs, just two shy of her career high.
  • Mac Podraza ties a season-high 54 assists.
  • Emily Londot was the first player to 10 kills in the match, doing so in the second set and reaching double figures for the eighth time this season. This is her third double-double of the season, finishing with 20 kills and 15 digs.
  • Londot reached 20 kills for the second time this season.
  • Gabby Gonzales also reached 10 kills for the eighth time this season. This is Gonzales’ third double-double of the season as she recorded 14 kills and 16 digs. She tied her career-high four assists.
  • Mia Grunze totaled at least 10 kills for the fourth time this season.
  • Rylee Rader reached 10 kills for the third time this season, tying her season-high 12.
  • Arica Davis continued her streak of at least two blocks in every match this season with two blocks in the match. She also registered at least 10 kills for the second time this season.
  • Set one: Londot tied a floor-high six kills in the first set.
  • Set two: Purdue only had two hitting errors in the first set but recorded its second hitting error in the second set by the time the Boilermakers reached five points.
  • Set two: Ohio State hit .341, compared to Purdue’s .190 in the set.
  • Set three: The set featured five ties and two lead changes.
  • Set three: The final two OSU points came from Londot.
  • Set four: Neither team scored more than two-consecutive points until Purdue scored three-straight points to take its first lead of the set at 20-18.
  • Set five: After being tied at one, Purdue took a lead it would not relinquish despite Ohio State tying the set three times.

Up Next

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.

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