COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was a big afternoon for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as it upset No. 4 Penn State (9-3, 0-2 B1G) in four sets (16-25, 25-20, 33-31, 25-23) inside St. John Arena for its first Big Ten victory of the season. It was the first win for the Buckeyes over the Nittany Lions since 2016 and they improve to 10-4 overall (1-1 B1G).
🚨🚨 UPSET ALERT🚨🚨
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Mia Grunze had the first double-double of her career behind a team-high 12 kills and 13 digs. Jordan Fry tied her career mark with 11 kills, followed by Lauren Witte (10). The duo also had seven and six blocks, respectively.
Madison Smeathers chipped in eight kills and three blocks while Becca Mauer spread 39 assists around and dug 13 balls for a double-double. Hannah Gruensfelder paced the defense with 17 digs and Camry Halm added 14 digs to the stat sheet.
SET 1: The Buckeyes went up 5-2 early in the match before the Nittany Lions tied the score at 11-all. Penn State used the momentum to break open the set for a 25-16 triumph.
SET 2: Fry was a perfect 4-for-4 with three blocks in the second frame. Penn State burned both of its timeouts quickly as Ohio State got out to a 13-7 lead. The Nittany Lions rallied to knot things at 20-20 but the Buckeyes tallied the last five points. Fry and Adria Powell teamed up for a block to secure a 25-20 winner.
SET 3: It was a battle of wills for the entire set as the teams tied the score 23 times. Penn State and Ohio State were evenly matched until the home squad took a two-point advantage, 20-18. The Nittany Lions refused to go away as they traded points up to the 31-all mark. Witte came through with a hard kill and a PSU attacking error gave OSU the frame, 33-31.
SET 4: Penn State retreated to its bench as the Buckeyes jumped out to a 13-8 lead. Much like in previous sets, the Nittany Lions clawed their way within one, 23-22. Ohio State kept fighting, using a Grunze kill and Mauer-Fry block to clinch the win, 25-23. Witte connected on six error-free swings in the final outing.
Ohio State is back in St. John Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 26 to face Indiana. The match will be live on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m.
A big win for the Buckeyes! https://t.co/tl795kYWWE
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