September 18, 2019

Ohio State Hosts Buckeye Invite


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team concludes its non-conference slate this week when it hosts the Buckeye Invite Sept. 19-21. The Buckeyes open action Thursday versus Miami (Ohio) at 6 p.m. inside the Covelli Center. The squad will play twice on Friday with matches against Illinois State at 10 a.m. and Dayton at 8 p.m.

MatchesDateTimeLive StatsLive Stream ($)
Ohio State vs. Miami (Ohio)Thursday, Sept. 196 p.m. StatsBTN+
Ohio State vs. Illinois StateFriday, Sept. 2010 a.m.StatsBTN+
Dayton vs. Miami (Ohio)Friday, Sept. 2012 p.m.Stats
Miami (Ohio) vs. Illinois StateFriday, Sept. 205:30 p.m.Stats
Ohio State vs. DaytonFriday, Sept. 208 p.m. StatsBTN+
Dayton vs. Illinois StateSaturday, Sept. 2112 p.m.Stats


Ohio State has been victorious in the last six meetings with Miami. The series began in 1972 and the Buckeyes own a 12-3 lead. The RedHawks are coming off a 3-1 loss to Oakland, which put their overall record at 4-4.

Illinois State (7-2) had its five-match win streak snapped on Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 setback to No. 7 Marquette. The Redbirds are 8-5 all-time against the Buckeyes, having won the last matchup in 2014.

Dayton trails 13-10 in the all-time series but earned a five-set victory over Ohio State last season. The Flyers bring a 5-5 record into the tournament after beating Kansas State and Missouri State.


The Buckeyes are 4-5 on the season after going 1-2 at the Holiday Inn – University Plaza Invitational last weekend. Ohio State dropped decisions to Tulane and Western Kentucky before sweeping Bowling Green on the final day. Defensive specialist Kylie Murr earned a place on the all-tournament team after averaging 5.40 digs per set over three matches.


While the lineup continues to change, Ohio State has relied on the efforts of a few newbies. Rookie Kylie Murr has been the starting libero in all nine matches thus far and classmate Mac Podraza has started at setter in eight outings. Senior transfer Elle Sandbothe is a middle blocker with seven starts under her belt while freshman Gabby Gonzales earned five starts as an outside hitter.


With nine matches in the books, Mia Grunze paces the Buckeyes with 3.77 kills per set. Jenaisya Moore leads in total kills (74) and is averaging 3.52. Mac Podraza is handing out 10.36 assists per set while Kylie Murr has 5.41 digs per set. At the net, five Buckeyes have double-digit blocks – Jordan Fry (21), Elle Sandbothe (20), Lauren Witte (19), Podraza (17) and Grunze (12).


Ohio State added eight new Buckeyes to the 2019 roster. The incoming class featured six freshmen – Cecilia Rocafort, Kylie Murr, Gabby Gonzales, Reilly MacNeill, Mac Podraza and Jenaisya Moore. The squad also welcomed two transfers, graduate student Abby Julian and senior Elle Sandbothe.


The women’s volleyball team are the first Buckeyes to compete in the brand new Covelli Center, a 3,700-seat arena that is home to seven varsity sports. The state-of-the-art facility is part of the new Ohio State Athletic District and spans over 100,000 square feet in total, including a locker room and coaching suite designed specifically for women’s volleyball. The program spent 33 years competing in the storied St. John Arena before making the transition to Covelli in 2019.


The Buckeyes kick off Big Ten play on the road at Maryland on Wednesday, Sept. 25. First serve is set for 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.