COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-8, 15-4 B1G) fell to No. 9 Minnesota (19-8, 14-5 B1G) in four sets (25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 24-26) in front of a sold-out Covelli crowd on Friday evening for family night.
The first set was close early with each team grabbing a lead, but the Buckeyes used a 4-0 run midway through the set to boost themselves to the 25-20 set win. The Gophers used a 6-0 run in the middle of the second set to even the match with a 25-21 set win. Minnesota earned the 25-21 set win in a back-and-forth third set. The Gophers scored the final three points to win the fourth set, 26-24.
How it Happened
Emily Londot opened scoring with a kill before back-to-back Minnesota points gave the Gophers their first lead. Minnesota built an early 7-4 lead, but a 6-1 OSU run saw the Buckeyes up 10-8 following back-to-back blocks. Ohio State held the 14-11 advantage on a kill from Adria Powell, but the Gophers tied the set at 14. The Buckeyes scored the next two and strung together four-unanswered points amidst a Minnesota timeout to take a 21-16 lead. Ohio State sealed a 25-20 set win with Londot’s fifth kill of the set.
Powell scored first in the second set and the teams traded points until a 3-0 OSU run gave the Buckeyes the early 6-3 advantage. Minnesota went on a 6-1 run with the four-consecutive points giving the Gophers their first lead of the set and forcing a Buckeye timeout at 12-10. The Gophers continued their run to 6-0 and the lead was 14-10 before Londot broke the scoring run. Ohio State called a second timeout trailing 19-14 after back-to-back Minnesota points. After being down 23-17, the Buckeyes scored four of the next five points to get within three at 24-21 but the Gophers evened the match with a 25-21 set win.
Jenaisya Moore got her 10th kill to begin the third set. Minnesota scored the next two points before a 4-1 OSU run put the Buckeyes in front by a 6-4 mark. A second 4-1 Ohio State run extended the Buckeyes’ lead to 11-7, forcing a Minnesota timeout. Three-straight Gopher points brought Minnesota within one at 12-11, prompting an OSU timeout. Minnesota used a 4-0 run to take a 16-14 lead and forced a second OSU timeout. The Buckeyes scored the next three points to take a 17-16 lead, but the Gophers responded with the next five points to go up 21-17. Ohio State fought off two set points before Minnesota earned the 25-21 set win.
Londot scored first in the fourth set as the teams traded points to begin the set before a 4-0 Minnesota run gave the Gophers the 7-4 lead. Ohio State tied the set at seven, but Minnesota responded with its own 3-0 run to lead 10-7. The Buckeyes tied the set again at 11 and 12 before taking the lead back on a solo block from Rylee Rader. The Gophers called timeout trailing 14-12 and scored the next four points out of the timeout to take the 16-14 lead and force an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes tied the set at 16, 17 and 18 out of the timeout before back-to-back Gopher points. The set was tied again at points 20 through 22 before Ohio State called timeout trailing 23-22. The Buckeyes scored on kills from Rader and Gabby Gonzales, taking a 24-23 lead and forcing a Minnesota timeout. The Gophers scored the next three points to win the match with a 26-24 set win.
S1: Set point
S3: Rylee Rader kill
S4: Kylie Murr digs
What They Said
Ohio State wraps up the regular season against No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for senior night. The match will be broadcast on BTN. Fans are asked to wear their best scarlet.
For Saturday’s match against Wisconsin: Due to the football game vs. TTUN, RVs will be parked in Buckeye Lots 1, 2, and 3 (highlighted in pink on the parking map). If there are spots available, parking around the RVs is allowed. Fans are encouraged to park in Buckeye Lots 4, 5, and 6 (highlighted in green on the parking map) as these lots will likely have more availability when the Covelli doors open. View the parking map HERE.