October 24, 2021

No. 6 Ohio State Falls at No. 12 Minnesota in Four Sets


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (16-4, 6-4 Big Ten) fell to No. 12 Minnesota (12-6, 7-3 Big Ten) in four sets (25-22, 21-25, 21-25, 21-25) on Sunday evening.

How it Happened

Ohio State scored first in the match on a Minnesota attack error while the Gophers grabbed their first lead at 4-3. The Buckeyes scored the next three points to take the lead back. OSU led by as many as two points as Minnesota took its first lead at 14-13 since 4-3 and led 15-14 at the media timeout. The Buckeyes scored four-consecutive points out of the media timeout to take an 18-15 lead and force a Minnesota timeout. The Gophers responded with a 4-0 run of their own to take a 19-18 lead before the Buckeyes tied it up at 19. Ohio State took a 22-20 lead to force a Minnesota timeout with three-straight points. The Buckeyes took the first set by a 25-22 margin on a kill from Gabby Gonzales.

The Buckeyes took the first point in the second set with the Gophers again taking their first lead of the set at 4-3. The teams traded points as Minnesota put together a 4-1 run to take a 10-7 lead, the largest of the set thus far for either team. Following the 4-1 run, neither team scored consecutive points until ­­­­back-to-back Gophers points gave Minnesota the 15-11 lead at the media timeout. The Gophers extended their lead to 16-11 before three-straight OSU points cut the gap to 16-14. The Buckeyes used a 5-1 run to trim the deficit to 17-16 and force a Gophers timeout. Minnesota scored back-to-back points to take a 23-20 lead and for an OSU timeout. The Gophers won the second set, 25-21.

Minnesota scored the first six points to begin the third set and force an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes cut the Gophers’ lead down to three at 9-6 with a 6-3 run. Ohio State scored three-consecutive points to trim the Minnesota lead to 12-11 and force the Gophers to take a timeout. OSU extended its run to 5-0 to take its first lead of the set at 13-12. Minnesota took a 17-14 lead with three-straight points. Ohio State would cut the lead to one, 21-20, on a block from Jenaisya Moore and Arica Davis, but back-to-back Minnesota points forced an OSU timeout at 23-20. The Gophers took the set by a 25-21 margin with a 4-1 run to end the set.

The Gophers scored first in the fourth set as the set began with back-and-forth action as neither team scored more than two-consecutive points nor led by more than two until a 3-0 Buckeye run gave Ohio State the 15-12 lead at the media timeout. OSU increased the lead to 16-12 before Minnesota responded with its own 4-0 run to tie the set at 16. The Gophers took their first lead since 10-9 at 18-17, putting together a 7-1 run to lead 19-17. Minnesota led 21-17 before the teams traded points with the Gophers winning the set by a 25-21 mark.


S1: Arica Davis block

S1: Emily Londot/Arica Davis block

S1: Set point (Gabby Gonzales kill)

S2: Rylee Rader/Emily Londot block

S2: Mac Podraza block

S3: Gabby Gonzales kill

S3: Arica Davis/Jenaisya Moore block

S4: Kylie Murr Ace

S4: Jenaisya Moore kill

Match Notes

  • Mac Podraza and Kylie Murr led Ohio State with 18 digs apiece, which was a career high for Podraza and earned her sixth double-double of the season. Murr moved up to 11th in program history for career digs as she now has 1,205.
  • Gabby Gonzales totaled a season-high 19 kills, reaching double-figure kills for the 14th time this season. Her 19 kills was just one shy of her career high. Gonzales also registered her fourth double-double of the season by adding 13 digs.
  • Arica Davis finished with a team-high five blocks, totaling at least five blocks for the seventh time this season.
  • Jenaisya Moore totaled at least 10 kills for the second-straight match and second time this season, finishing the match with 10.
  • Hannah Gruensfelder had 16 digs, reaching double figures for the fifth time this season.
  • Emily Londot registered double-figure kills for the 14th time this season.
  • Set one: The set featured 13 ties and six lead changes with neither team scoring more than four unanswered points.
  • Set one: The Buckeyes hit .209 compared to the Gophers’ .150.
  • Set two: Neither team scored more than two points in a row until Minnesota and Ohio State each had three-straight points midway through the set.
  • Set two: Ohio State trailed for the majority of the set but never by more than five points.
  • Set three: The Buckeyes hit .325 in the set with only three attack errors despite losing the set.
  • Set four: Much like the first set, the fourth set had 11 ties.

Up Next

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