DAYTON, Ohio – For the fourth time this season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened a non-conference tournament with a win. The Buckeyes defeated Evansville in four sets (25-16, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20) Friday to start the Flyer Invitational. The victory puts Ohio State’s record at 9-1 and extends its win streak to five matches while the Purple Aces drop to 6-5.
Lauren Witte was the leader on both sides of the court. On offense, she connected on 10 of 16 error-free swings for a .625 clip. Defensively, she contributed a season-high seven blocks.
Mia Grunze added nine kills and three blocks while Vanja Bukilić chipped in six kills and four rejections. Jordan Fry and Bia Franklin had four kills apiece. Becca Mauer distributed 25 assists and nailed three service aces.
Hannah Gruensfelder recorded a match-best 13 digs. Adria Powell and Fry joined in on three blocks apiece.
The Buckeyes overpowered the Aces at the net with 12 team blocks and held them to a .062 hitting percentage.
SET 1: The Buckeyes wasted no time doubling up on the Aces, 10-5, to start the match. Evansville fought back in spurts but seven attacking errors and four service miscues handed OSU a 25-16 winner.
SET 2: It was a back and forth battle that featured 10 ties and three lead changes. The teams were evenly matched up until the 18-all mark. Evansville finished the set on a 7-1 run to secure a 25-19 triumph.
SET 3: Both teams struggled offensively, but the Buckeye defense thrived. Ohio State denied Evansville six times and pushed the Aces’ hitting efficiency down to -.071 for the frame. The first three tallies belonged to the Buckeyes, who did not give up their advantage en route to a 25-17 decision.
SET 4: Locked up at 4-4 early, Ohio State had a string of errors that gave the Aces a 9-7 lead. The Buckeyes bounced back with a 6-0 sprint to go up 13-9 and force an Evansville timeout. The Aces pulled within three but OSU held them off for a 25-20 edge.
The Buckeyes finish out their non-conference slate against Tennessee and Dayton on Saturday. The matches are slated for 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.