COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-5, 1-1 B1G) fell in five sets (22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 20-25, 13-15) at No. 3 Nebraska (10-1, 2-0 B1G) on the road to wrap up the opening weekend of Big Ten play on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd.
Nebraska took the first set by a 25-22 margin after Ohio State’s comeback fell short. The Buckeyes evened the match at one with a 26-24 win in the second set following a late rally from the Huskers. After falling behind early in the third set, Ohio State used a 13-3 run to take a commanding lead and won the set by a 25-19 margin. Nebraska forced a fifth set with a 25-20 win in the fourth set after holding just a narrow lead during the majority of the set. The Huskers captured a 15-13 win in an even fifth set.
How it Happened
Nebraska began the match with a kill and took an early 4-1 lead. The Huskers held a narrow lead until Emily Londot’s second kill of the match tied the set at nine. Nebraska responded with the next three points and maintained that three-point lead, 15-12, at the media timeout. The Huskers used a pair of 3-0 runs to extend their lead to 19-14 and force the Buckeyes to take a timeout. Ohio State got back within three at 20-17 on a kill from Gabby Gonzales. The Buckeyes put together a 5-2 run to trim the deficit to two, 22-20, forcing a Nebraska timeout following a block from Londot and Rylee Rader. The Huskers won the set by a 25-22 mark.
Londot began the second set with her fifth kill before three-unanswered points from the Huskers. Ohio State put together a 6-2 run to take the 8-6 advantage on a kill from Adria Powell. Nebraska responded with three-unanswered points to take the lead back at 9-8. OSU also had a 3-0 run to take a 12-10 lead, but the Huskers tied the set again at 12. The Buckeyes took the 15-14 lead into the media timeout with a block from Mac Podraza and Rader. Ohio State extended its run to five-consecutive points to lead 19-14 and force a Nebraska timeout. The Buckeyes led 20-14 before a 3-0 Huskers run closed the gap to 20-17 and prompted an Ohio State timeout. Another kill from Londot gave OSU the 23-18 advantage to force another Husker timeout. Nebraska scored the next three to cut the Ohio State lead to 23-21 as the Buckeyes then called timeout. The Huskers used a 3-0 run to tie the set at 24 but the Buckeyes took the set by a 26-24 margin.
The Huskers scored the first five points in the third set, forcing an early Buckeyes timeout. Ohio State scored the next four points out of the timeout to get back within one at 5-4. OSU tied the set at points six through eight before four-unanswered points gave the Buckeyes the 11-8 advantage, forcing a Huskers timeout. Ohio State extended its run to 6-0, including three kills in a row from Gonzales, to lead 13-8. OSU strung together three points to lead 17-10 and force a Nebraska timeout. The Buckeyes were ahead by a 20-14 margin, but the Huskers put together a 4-0 run to trim the lead to 20-18 and force an OSU timeout. Ohio State scored the next four points out of the timeout and closed the third set on a Nebraska service error, winning the set by a 25-19 margin.
Jenaisya Moore opened the fourth set with her 14th kill, but Nebraska put together an early 5-0 run to take a 6-2 lead. The Buckeyes got within two on six different occasions, but the Huskers stayed in front at 13-11 before a kill from Rylee Rader tied the set at 13. Nebraska led by a 15-14 margin at the media timeout. OSU tied the set at 15 out of the media timeout but the Huskers regained the lead and pushed the margin to 21-18, forcing a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State took another timeout trailing 23-19 and fell by a 25-20 mark.
Nebraska won a challenge on the first point of the fifth set but back-to-back Buckeye kills gave OSU its first lead of the set. The Huskers continued to tie the set before scoring back-to-back points to take a 5-4 lead. Neither team scored more than two-consecutive points as the teams were tied at every point. Ohio State took the lead back on back-to-back kills from Gonzales and Londot at 7-6. An unsuccessful Buckeye challenge gave the Huskers the 8-7 advantage at the media timeout. Gonzales tied the set at eight out of the media timeout and Londot took the lead back with a kill at 10-9, forcing Nebraska to call timeout. Ohio State led 11-9 but Nebraska responded with a 3-0 run to lead 12-11 and force an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes got within one twice but the Huskers ended the match with a 15-13 set win.
S1: Mac Podraza kill
S2: Set point
S4: Rylee Rader kill
The Buckeyes take a quick mid-week trip to RV Michigan on Wednesday. The 7 p.m. match will be broadcast live on FS1.
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