BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team picked up a 3-1 victory (25-21, 29-27, 21-25, 25-21) over Indiana on Saturday at Wilkinson Hall. The win lifts the Buckeyes to 14-14 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten while the Hoosiers drop to 13-16 and 2-14 in league matches.
Three players finished with double figures in kills, led by Gabby Gonzales with 16, who also had nine digs. Madison Smeathers delivered season highs in points (16.5), kills (13) and blocks (5) while hitting .524. Jenaisya Moore tallied 13 kills, nine digs, three assists and two blocks on the evening.
Lauren Witte had a .417 clip (6-1-12) and combined it with five rejections. Becca Mauer did a little bit of everything behind 27 assists, nine digs and two kills. Kylie Murr added a match-best 22 digs, four assists and a career-high three service aces. Mac Podraza turned in 14 assists, three kills and two blocks. Elle Sandbothe also had three rejections and three kills.
SET 1: Ohio State called the first timeout of the match as it trailed 15-10. The Buckeyes cut the deficit to 16-14 on a 4-1 run, which sent the Hoosiers to their bench. Indiana opened the gap up to five once again to force another OSU timeout. Out of the break, the Buckeyes stormed back with an 11-2 run to take the set, 25-21.
SET 2: The teams were evenly matched until Indiana needed a timeout while down 15-12. The Hoosiers fought to tie the score at 17-all with four straight points. Ohio State took a timeout as Indiana locked things at 22-22. The next 10 tallies were split between the teams until a kill by Moore and Witte-Moore block secured the set, 29-27.
SET 3: A 5-1 sprint put the Buckeyes ahead 8-5 and forced the Hoosiers to call for time. Indiana made up the difference and then some for a 20-16 lead. Ohio State could not get back on track and dropped the set, 25-21.
SET 4: Ohio State’s seven straight points featured two aces by Murr, which led to an 8-3 edge. The Buckeyes kept building as they rode a 7-2 run out to a 17-10 advantage. Indiana refused to go quietly as it narrowed the deficit to three, but Ohio State held on for a 25-21 win.
The Buckeyes return to Columbus to host Northwestern on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Ohio State will honor its senior class following the match.