COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State women’s volleyball team (16-3, 6-3 Big Ten) fell to No. 3 Wisconsin (16-1, 8-1 Big Ten) in Madison on Friday night in four sets (24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 14-25).
How it Happened
Ohio State scored first on a kill from Arica Davis. Neither team scored more than back-to-back points as the score was knotted at five. Wisconsin put together a 5-2 run to take a 10-7 lead. The Buckeyes responded with a 5-2 run of their own to tie the match at 12 on a kill from Rylee Rader. OSU took its first lead since 1-0 at 14-13 before leading 15-14 at the media timeout. The Buckeyes extended the lead to 16-14 but the Badgers tied the set at 16 and went on to take a 20-19 lead. Ohio State would tie the set four more times, but Wisconsin took set one by a 26-24 mark.
Wisconsin had the first point in the second set and led 3-1. Ohio State scored four-consecutive points and put together an 8-1 run to take a 9-4 lead, forcing a Badgers timeout. The Buckeyes’ lead grew to as many as six points at 14-8 as Arica Davis traded points with the Badgers with a string of three kills. Wisconsin scored five unanswered points to trim the Ohio State lead to 14-13 and force an OSU timeout. The Badgers took its first lead since 3-2 at 15-14 but the Buckeyes immediately tied it at 15 and took the lead back. After Ohio State held the 19-17 advantage, Wisconsin scored the next four points to take a 21-19 lead. OSU would tie the set at 21 and 22 but three-straight Badger points gave the home team the two-set advantage.
The Buckeyes scored the first three points of the third set and built a 9-3 lead to force a Badger timeout after three-consecutive OSU points. Ohio State extended its lead to 11-3 before Wisconsin broke the five-point OSU streak. The Buckeyes led 15-7 but the Badgers scored four-consecutive points to cut the OSU lead to 15-11. Wisconsin trimmed the Ohio State lead to three points at 16-13 and 18-15 but back-to-back Buckeye points increased the lead to 20-15. Three Buckeyes reached double figure kills as Ohio State won set three by a 25-18 margin on a kill from Gabby Gonzales.
The Badgers got the first two points in set four and jumped out to an early 8-3 lead with four-straight points to force an Ohio State timeout. Wisconsin extended its lead to 12-5 before OSU scored three in a row to cut the Badgers’ lead to 12-8 and 14-10. The Badgers scored the next three points and increased its lead to 20-12 and then 23-14 to force a Buckeye timeout. Wisconsin scored back-to-back points out of the timeout to secure the match win with a 25-14 set win.
S1: Rylee Rader kill
S2: Arica Davis kill
S3: Set point (Gabby Gonzales kill)
The Buckeyes continue their road trip at No. 12 Minnesota on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET in a match broadcast live on ESPNU (TV login required).
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