COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (12-2, 2-2 Big) earned a sweep (25-21, 25-18, 25-19) against Maryland (13-3, 1-3 Big) on Saturday evening inside the Covelli Center.
How it Happened
Ohio State scored first and jumped out to an early 8-2 lead to force a Maryland timeout. The Buckeyes extended their lead to 13-5 as the Terps used their second timeout of the set. UMD scored the next six of seven points to cut the OSU lead to 14-10. The Terrapins would get as close as two on three occasions, lastly at 21-19, before the Buckeyes scored back-to-back point to lead 23-19. Ohio State took the first set by a 25-21 margin on a Terrapin error.
Maryland scored first in the second set for the Terps first lead of the match. The Buckeyes tied the set and took the 2-1 in response. After being tied at four, OSU went on a 5-1 run to take a 9-5 lead. The Terrapins scored four-consecutive points to trim the Buckeyes lead down to one, 11-10. Maryland took a timeout after three-straight Ohio State points gave the Buckeyes a 14-10 lead. OSU scored four of the next seven points before UMD took a timeout with the Buckeyes leading 18-13. Ohio State extended its lead to 21-14 and eventually took the second set 25-18 on a Maryland setting error.
The Terps scored first in the third set but the Buckeyes tied the set at one. After being tied at two, OSU went on a 6-0 run to take an 8-2 lead and force a UMD timeout. The Terrapins got as close as four, 12-8, before back-to-back Buckeyes points forced a Terps timeout. Ohio State extended its lead to 18-11 with three-straight points. The Buckeyes scored another three-consecutive points to lead 23-16 and sealed the match win with a kill from Mia Grunze to win the set 25-19.
S1: Set point (Maryland attack error)
S2: Set point (Maryland setting error)
S3: Kylie Murr dig
S3: Match point (Mia Grunze kill)
What They Said
Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg on the matchup
“I think coming into the match, we were excited for the matchup. Maryland was off to a fantastic start. They had a big upset against Wisconsin last weekend and a five-set match against Penn State at home on Wednesday, so we knew they were going to come in and battle and present challenges that we haven’t seen. They’re a great blocking team so I think for us to come out and take it in three sets – that’s a good win.”
Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg on the Buckeyes’ preparation
“We worked a little bit harder in practice. We talked about the mentality it takes when the target is on your back and the whole concept of preparation. They embraced that, they got back to work on Tuesday and this was a good week for us. I think the results speak for themselves against two teams that want to come out and beat you every night. It’s nice to see the response and the response from Wednesday night – I don’t feel like we played our best volleyball. We’ll take wins in the Big Ten but when we come out tonight against a Maryland team like they are and win in three, that shows where we’re at and where we’re headed.”
Freshman middle blocker Arica Davis on the team’s energy
“I’m feeling very positive. We had a complete switch in the gym from our last game and we went into this game wanting to play loose and free – the Buckeye way. I think we did a good job of that. We relied on each other and fed off of each other’s energy. It felt good walking into the gym and it felt good walking out of the gym. We had a really fun time tonight.”
Sophomore middle blocker Rylee Rader on what the difference was tonight
“[Maryland] reminds me a lot of our team last year. They have nothing to lose. They beat Wisconsin. They went five with Penn State. They’re a really good team and we know that they’re a really good team. Tonight, we had to focus on our side and do the things that we worked on in practice and what we scouted and we did a really good job doing that. I think that was the difference.”
Ohio State is on the road on Friday for a 7 p.m. match at Michigan State. The match will be broadcast live on BTN+.