UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team split its home-and-home series with No. 9 Penn State when it dropped a 3-0 decision (25-13, 25-22, 25-22) at Rec Hall Saturday night. The Buckeyes are 11-7 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten while the Nittany Lions stand at 13-3 and 4-2 in league play.
It was a career night for Bia Franklin with 11 kills and 13 points. Vanja Bukilić had her 14th match of the season in double figures thanks to 10 kills. Jordan Fry connected on nine of 15 error-free swings for a career-high .600 clip. Olivia Dailey tallied 25 assists while Bukilić and Camryn Moeller added six digs apiece.
SET 1: The Buckeyes stayed close to the Nittany Lions to start the match trailing 9-7. It was all Penn State after that as it claimed a 25-13 triumph.
SET 2: Ohio State fell behind 15-9 to get things going. After calling a timeout, the Buckeyes scored three straight points to cut the deficit in half. It was the Nittany Lions’ turn to call for a break as OSU pulled the score to 18-16. The Buckeyes fought to stay in the set but fell 25-22.
SET 3: It was a back and forth rally but OSU took a slight 11-9 lead. Penn State quickly recovered and the squads were back to going point for point. A kill by Fry tied the set at 18-all but the Nittany Lions went ahead 21-18, forcing an Ohio State timeout. Back on the court, back-to-back kills chipped away at the advantage, 21-20, sending PSU to its bench. It was a battle to the end that went in favor of the Nittany Lions, 25-22.
UP NEXT: The Buckeyes return to St. John Arena to host Michigan on Oct. 12 and Michigan State on Oct. 14.