COLUMBUS, Ohio – Although the Ohio State women’s volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 23-25, 15-11) thriller to No. 3 Minnesota in its last match at St. John Arena, the squad was just the second team in the Big Ten to push the Gophers to five sets this season. The setback puts the Buckeyes at 12-18 overall and 3-15 in conference play while the Golden Gophers move to 24-2 overall and 18-0 in league action.
It was a night of career marks for Ohio State. Bia Franklin posted career highs in kills (16), points (20) and service aces (4) and combined it with 13 digs. Becca Mauer chipped in a career-best 14.5 points and 13 kills with nine digs and two blocks. Olivia Dailey was all over the court as she hit .300 (5-2-10) and dished 53 assists, both career highs. Camry Halm dug a career-best 32 balls and handed out seven assists. Vanja Bukilić (12), Lauren Witte (10) and Adria Powell (8) also got in on the kills while Hannah Gruensfelder notched 14 digs.
SET 1: The Gophers started the match on a 6-1 run but the Buckeyes responded by going on a 9-2 sprint to get ahead, 10-8. The teams traded points to lock the rally at 23-all. Back-to-back kills by Franklin clinched the set for Ohio State, 25-23.
SET 2: It was another back and forth battle that had Minnesota calling for time as Ohio State went up 19-18. Out of the break, the Gophers found their momentum to earn a 25-20 triumph.
SET 3: The Buckeyes burned a timeout early as they trailed 15-7. Ohio State tried to hang around but it wasn’t enough as Minnesota powered ahead for a 25-13 winner.
SET 4: Neither team was willing to give up much ground to open the frame. Ohio State fought to take a 17-14 lead, which sent Minnesota to its bench. The Gophers cut the deficit to one but Bukilić came through with a pair of kills for a 25-23 decision.
SET 5: Minnesota jumped out to an 8-5 advantage at the midpoint of the set. Ohio State stayed close but came up short, 15-11.
The Buckeyes will wrap up the regular season on the road at Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Iowa (Nov. 24).