September 26, 2021

No. 3 Ohio State Falls in a Tight Match at No. 20 Penn State


Box Score | Season Stats

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-2, 0-2 Big Ten) fell to No. 20 Penn State (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten) in three sets (19-25, 25-27, 21-25) on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the road trip.

How it Happened

Ohio State scored first before Penn State tied the set at one and four. Three-consecutive kills from three different Buckeyes gave OSU an early 7-4 lead. The Nittany Lions came back to tie the set for a third time at eight but would not take their first lead of the match until 12-11. PSU led 15-13 at the media timeout after back-to-back points. Penn State took the largest lead for either team, 18-14, to force an Ohio State timeout. The Nittany Lions led by as many as five, 21-16, before the Buckeyes scored back-to-back on kills from Emily Londot and Arica Davis. Ohio State trailed 22-19 before three-straight Penn State points ended the set.

The Buckeyes scored first again in the second set. The Nittany Lions took their first lead of the set at 4-3 but Ohio State went on a 4-0 run to take a 7-4 lead. The set was tied at seven, eight, nine, 11 and 14 as the teams continued to trade points with the Buckeyes holding a narrow 15-14 lead at the media timeout. Ohio State scored out of the media timeout to lead 16-14 before Penn State tied the set at 16 and went up 19-17 to force a Buckeyes timeout. The Nittany Lions maintained a small lead through an unsuccessful Buckeyes challenge before OSU scored back-to-back to tie the set at 21. Ohio State took its first lead since 16-14 at 24-23 to force a Penn State timeout. The Nittany Lions scored the next two points before Rylee Rader tied the set at 25 with her eighth kill of the afternoon. Penn State scored the final two points to take a 2-0 set lead with a 27-25 set win.

Ohio State started set three with a kill by Londot and took an early 6-2 lead following three-straight points. The Buckeyes maintained a lead until the Nittany Lions tied the set at 11 with a 3-0 run of their own. OSU kept pushing ahead but PSU kept responding until Penn State was able to take its first lead of the set at 17-16. The Buckeyes tied the set with the next point and forced a Nittany Lions timeout as OSU held a 20-19 lead. After holding a 21-20 OSU lead, Penn State scored the next five points to win the match.


S1: Arica Davis solo block

S2: Emily Londot/Rylee Rader block

S2: Rylee Rader kill (24-23)

S3: Arica Davis kill

Match Notes

  • Emily Londot was the first in the match to 10 kills, doing so in the second set. This is the ninth time this season she’s recorded double-figure kills.
  • Arica Davis continued her streak of recording at least two blocks in every match this season, finishing with three blocks.
  • Rylee Rader reached at least 10 kills for the fourth time this season.
  • Set one: The set featured eight ties and one lead change.
  • Set one: Neither team scored more than three-consecutive points.
  • Set one: Both teams had six players with kills in the set.
  • Set two: This is the Buckeyes’ first set of the season that went beyond 25.
  • Set two: Neither team led by more than two points in the set.
  • Set three: Ohio State led the entire set until Penn State took a 17-16 lead.

Up Next

The Buckeyes host Indiana on Wednesday for their Big Ten home opener in Covelli at 6 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on BTN.

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