COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-2, 4-2 Big) earned the sweep (25-22, 25-17, 25-15) against Michigan (10-5, 3-3 Big) inside the Covelli Center on Sunday afternoon on alumni day in front of a record Covelli crowd of 4,098.
How it Happened
Ohio State scored first on a Michigan service error. After tying the set at one, the Buckeyes scored the next five points to take an early 5-1 lead. OSU doubled up on UM at 10-5 before the Wolverines scored back-to-back points. The Buckeyes maintained at least a lead of at least three points and forced a UM timeout as OSU held the 16-11 advantage. The Wolverines scored the next five points to tie the set at 16 and force a Buckeyes timeout. Ohio State kept the lead and Michigan would take another timeout as OSU held a 22-20 lead. The Wolverines trimmed the Buckeyes lead to 22-21 but OSU scored back-to-back points. Ohio State won the set by a 25-22 margin on a Michigan service error.
The Buckeyes scored first in set two but five-consecutive points from the Wolverines gave them a 5-1 lead, its first of the match. Michigan would lead by no more than four as Ohio State came back to tie the set at nine. UM would go ahead again and built a 13-10 lead before OSU tied the set at 13 with three-straight points. Ohio State took its first lead of the set since the first point at 14-13 and forced a Michigan timeout at 15-13 after five-consecutive OSU points. The Buckeyes built a 19-14 lead to force another Wolverines timeout. Ohio State maintained the lead through the remainder of the set and won the set by a 25-17 margin on a Gabby Gonzales kill.
Ohio State scored the first four points in the third set and jumped out to a 7-1 lead before Michigan called timeout. The Buckeyes came out of the timeout with a 5-3 run to increase the lead to 12-4. The Wolverines scored the next two points but the Buckeyes maintained a lead, holding a 16-11 advantage. UM took a timeout with OSU leading 20-13. Ohio State did not let up, finishing the match with a kill from Mia Grunze and a 25-15 set win.
S1: Set point (Michigan service error)
S2: Set point (Gabby Gonzales kill)
S3: Covelli crowd
S3: Mia Grunze kill
S3: Rylee Rader kill
S3: Match point (Mia Grunze kill)
What They Said
Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg on alumni day and the atmosphere:
“I couldn’t have scripted it any better. The crowd, the alumni who haven’t even been in Covelli yet so this is their first experience. They asked my former coach, Jim Stone, why they didn’t have the fire in St. John’s Arena. I think all of those things factor into just how excited people are to watch our team and for our team to respond well and come out and play at a high level against a good team like Michigan says a lot for where we’re headed.”
Oldenburg on Kylie Murr passing her career digs mark:
“I think it’s awesome. When I played I wasn’t worried about the stats or what that means. It’s nice to see your name in the scorebook but at the end of the day, if we’re playing how we should, more people should be passing me. Let’s get my name out of those books, I don’t care about that. I think it’s a big deal. That’s really exciting for Kylie. She’s really upped her game defensively this year so that’s good to see. I hope she keeps knocking people off that list.”
Junior outside hitter Gabby Gonzales on winning in front of the home crowd:
“It was crazy. The atmosphere was insane and hearing the fans cheer for us, we really fed off of the crowd. It’s awesome to see all of the fans in there. We really appreciate everyone who shows up – the student section, Block O – you all are great.”
Sophomore middle blocker Rylee Rader on today’s match:
“Today was so much fun. A sold-out crowd in front of your biggest rival, so we had a lot of energy going into the game so we were ready to start at the beginning.”
Ohio State continues its home stand with back-to-back matches inside the Covelli Center next weekend. On Friday, the Buckeyes host No. 6 Purdue at 8 p.m. ET for a match that will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network (TV login required). Ohio State then hosts Rutgers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. The Saturday match will be broadcast live on BTN+ (login required).