October 22, 2021

No. 6 Ohio State Falls at No. 3 Wisconsin in Four Sets


Box Score | Season Stats

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

S1: Jenaisya Moore kill

S2: Rylee Rader/Mia Grunze block

S2: Arica Davis kill

S3: Arica Davis/Mia Grunze block

S3: Arica Davis/Mia Grunze block (2)

S3: Set point (Gabby Gonzales kill)

Match Notes

  • The Buckeyes had more kills than the Badgers, 55-50.
  • Mia Grunze registered her 500th career kill during the second set.
  • Mac Podraza led the team with a career-high 16 digs, recording her fifth double-double of the season as she also had 45 assists.
  • Rylee Rader tied her career-high 14 kills to lead Ohio State, reaching double figures for the eighth time this season.
  • Gabby Gonzales was the first Buckeye to double-figure kills, passing 10 kills for the 13th time this season and the fourth-consecutive match.
  • Jenaisya Moore reached double-figure kills for the first time this season, finishing the match with 11 kills.
  • Arica Davis had four blocks, the 13th time this season she’s recorded at least four blocks.
  • Set one: The set had 12 ties and three lead changes.
  • Set one: Neither team scored more than two points consecutively until Wisconsin scored three-straight points to take a 20-19 lead.
  • Set two: Ohio State’s largest lead was six points while Wisconsin had its largest lead to end the set at 25-22.
  • Set three: Ohio State out-hit Wisconsin .235-.125 in the set.
  • Set three: The Buckeyes led the entire set, not letting the Badgers closer than three points after 3-1.

Up Next

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).

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

The NCAA Final Four will be held in Columbus at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 16 and 18. Visit HERE for more information.