September 17, 2021

No. 3 Ohio State Sweeps Notre Dame in South Bend


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SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (9-0) swept Notre Dame (3-6) on Friday night (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) to wrap up the team’s non-conference road schedule.

How it Happened

Ohio State scored first but Notre Dame grabbed an early 3-2 lead before five-straight Buckeye points gave OSU the 7-3 advantage. The Buckeyes maintained at least a three-point lead before the Irish trimmed it to 13-11 with back-to-back points. Ohio State kept the pressure on with a kill from Rylee Rader making it 18-14 and forcing a Notre Dame timeout. The Irish used a 4-0 run to tie the set at 21 but the Buckeyes scored the next two points and went on to take the set, 25-23, on a Rader kill.

The Irish led the beginning of the second set before four-consecutive OSU points gave the Buckeyes a 7-5 lead. A string of three-straight kills from Mia Grunze increased the Ohio State advantage to 10-6. OSU maintained its lead of no less than two but no more than four, until a kill from Rader put the Buckeyes up 17-12 and forced an Irish timeout. Notre Dame scored four of the next five points to cut Ohio State’s lead to 18-16. After trading points and holding the 20-18 advantage, the Buckeyes scored five of the last six points to take the set by a 25-19 margin.

After surrendering the first point of set three, the Buckeyes scored the next three points on the floor to take a lead that would not be relinquished. The Irish came within one on two occasions and trailed 10-8 before a 5-0 Buckeye run put OSU up 15-8. Ohio State extended its lead up to nine, 21-12, before a Notre Dame run cut the lead down to 23-19. The Buckeyes scored the final two points on kills from Grunze and Gabby Gonzales to win the set, 25-19.

Match Notes

  • Emily Londot reached double-figure kills for the sixth match this season, totaling a season-high 23 kills – just one shy of her career high.
  • The most recent time Londot reached the 20-kill plateau was on March 27, 2021 against Purdue.
  • This was the second-best the Buckeyes hit as a team so far this season (.394) and the first time OSU totaled more than 50 kills in a three-set win.
  • This was the Buckeyes’ seventh sweep of the season.
  • Set one: After the Buckeyes’ five-point run early in the set, neither team scored more than two-consecutive points until four-straight Irish points tied the set at 21.
  • Set one: Five different Ohio State players registered a kill with Emily Londot leading the way with seven.
  • Set one: Notre Dame’s only lead in the set was at 3-2.
  • Set two: Londot was the first player on the floor to reach 10 kills, doing so at 13-9.
  • Set two: Ohio State scored five of the final six points of the set.
  • Set three: The five-straight points by the Buckeyes to give OSU the 15-8 lead included four kills by Londot.
  • Set three: After giving up the first point of the set, Ohio State did not trail.

Up Next

Ohio State hosts Notre Dame in the Buckeyes’ home opener at the Covelli Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Following the completion of Sunday’s match inside Covelli, fans are invited to meet the Ohio State women’s volleyball team. Autographs will be given following social distancing guidelines. Sunday is also youth day and an Ohio State student t-shirt giveaway day.

Single-match and season tickets for all home games are now on sale. Purchase today to see your Buckeyes inside Covelli this season.