COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team closed out the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic with a 3-1 win (25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-17) over VCU Saturday night in the Covelli Center.
The Buckeyes (2-1) finished second at the two-day tournament. Texas Tech (3-0) claimed the title while VCU (1-2) and Lehigh (0-3) placed third and fourth, respectively.
Jenaisya Moore had the hot hand for Ohio State, attacking .340 and racking up a career-high 23 kills. Mia Grunze chipped in 12 kills for her third match in double digits. Elle Sandbothe registered eight kills and three blocks while Mac Podraza dished 45 assists.
Defensively, Kylie Murr posted 14 digs and Camryn Moeller dug a career-best 12 balls. Hannah Gruensfelder (8), Gabby Gonzales (7) and Moore (6) also got in on the digging. At the net, Lauren Witte notched five blocks, followed by Podraza with four and Jordan Fry with three.
SET 1: Moore came off the bench on a mission and drilled 11 kills for a .625 clip. The Buckeyes erased an early deficit after going on an 8-0 run, highlighted by four kills from Moore, to take a 13-10 lead. Ohio State kept its foot on the gas, which forced VCU to call for time as it trailed 21-16. The Rams could not regroup as OSU took the opening set, 25-19.
SET 2: After three straight points for the Rams, the Buckeyes burned a timeout while up 10-8. VCU tied thing up at 11-all but Ohio State responded with a 4-0 sprint. The home squad scored six of the last seven points to win the frame, 25-16. Ohio State held VCU to a -.059 hitting percentage.
SET 3: Ohio State was down 8-5 to start the set. The Buckeyes clawed their way back to tie the score at 18-18. The Rams gained some distance but OSU locked things up again at 24. The final points went to VCU for a 26-24 decision.
SET 4: It was all about the Buckeyes, who opened the frame on a 9-1 run. The momentum kept building as Ohio State extended its lead to 22-13. VCU strung together three consecutive points but kills by Gonzales and Sandbothe secured a 25-17 triumph.
Texas Tech – Emily Hill (MVP), Karrington Jones, Alex Kirby
Ohio State – Jenaisya Moore, Mia Grunze
VCU – Madalon Simpson
Lehigh – Ali Garrett
Ohio State will take its first road trip of the season when it heads to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the Champyinz Invitational Sept. 6-7.