November 4, 2017

Ohio State Bested in Three at No. 5 Minnesota


Nov. 4, 2017

Final Stats


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – It was a cold night in the Twin Cities for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as it fell to No. 5 Minnesota in three sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-19) on Saturday in Maturi Pavilion. The Buckeyes (13-12, 6-8 B1G) are 0-2 against the Golden Gophers (23-2, 12-2 B1G) this season and have lost the last five meetings.

Ayanna Swan came through with 10 kills on the night. The rookie had a .500 (10-2-16) hitting percentage, a new career high. Luisa Schirmer earned her 14th match of the season in double-digit kills (13). Taylor Hughes did a little bit of everything on her way to 31 assists, eight kills and six digs.

Ashley Wenz added 11 digs, six kills and two aces to the stats sheet. Ana Beatriz Franklin also had 11 digs. Lauren Witte posted five kills and three blocks for Ohio State.

SET 1: The Buckeyes had a 5-2 lead to open the match. Minnesota quickly closed the gap and tied the score 11 times before getting ahead, 20-19. OSU fought to get back in it but dropped the set, 25-22.

SET 2: Schirmer tallied seven kills on 13 error-free swings as the team hit .421 in the second stanza. Ohio State trailed 11-7 to get things going. A Hughes-Witte block locked the set at 17-all and Witte followed up with a nice kill to give the squad its first lead, 18-17. The rest of the rally went point-for-point until Minnesota pulled away for another 25-22 victory.

SET 3: The Gophers doubled up on the Buckeyes, 10-5, early in the third. A 5-2 run helped reduce the deficit to 12-10. Minnesota strung together five straight points to send the Buckeyes to their bench. OSU tried to rally but fell short, 25-19.

The Scarlet & Gray will visit Rutgers for a midweek matchup on Wednesday, Nov. 8. First serve is marked for 7 p.m. ET.