October 3, 2019

Ohio State Readies for Michigan State, Michigan


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team will host two Big Ten matches in the Covelli Center this weekend. Michigan State is up first on Friday at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes will face Michigan for the second time this season at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available for both matches but we are close to capacity for Sunday’s contest against the Wolverines.

MatchesDateTimeLive StatsLive Stream ($)
Ohio State vs. Michigan StateFriday, Oct. 47 p.m.StatsBTN+
Ohio State vs. MichiganSunday, Oct. 61 p.m.StatsBTN+


Ohio State has a 47-33 lead in the all-time series against Michigan State, which began in 1974. The Buckeyes and Spartans split their home-and-home series last season. Bia Franklin’s 14 kills, 12 digs, three service aces and two blocks led OSU to a 3-0 win in the first meeting. The Spartans took the finale, 3-1, in East Lansing.

The Buckeyes and Wolverines have battled on the hardwood 78 times since 1974. Ohio State holds a 50-28 advantage in the series but Michigan has won the last six meetings. The teams faced off in Ann Arbor last Sunday, which resulted in a 3-0 loss for the Buckeyes.


Michigan State (10-2, 1-1 B1G) opened its conference slate last weekend. The Spartans fell in straight sets to No. 5 Penn State before rebounding with a 3-0 victory over Maryland. As a team, Michigan State leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth nationally by limiting its opposition to a .141 hitting percentage. The squad is also averaging 2.79 blocks per set to stand 12th among Division I leaders.

Michigan (9-3, 2-0 B1G) rolled in its conference-opening weekend as it swept Rutgers and Ohio State. The Wolverines have a .285 attack percentage to check in at No. 7 nationally and sit atop the Big Ten. Setter Mackenzi Welsh is averaging 11.00 assists per set to rank 20th in the country.


In its first weekend of Big Ten action, Ohio State (8-6, 1-1 B1G) took down Maryland, 3-1, before being bested by Michigan in straight sets. Elle Sandbothe tallied a career-high 14 kills, hit .611 and had four blocks against the Terps. Gabby Gonzales paced the team with 11 kills while Kylie Murr had 16 digs versus the Wolverines.


As a team, Ohio State averages 13.86 kills per set to sit at No. 25 in the national rankings, paced by Mia Grunze at 3.36 kills per set. Kylie Murr leads the Big Ten and is 12th in the country behind 5.32 digs per set. Mac Podraza (7.77) and Becca Mauer (6.69) have split the settings duties as of late. At the net, seven Buckeyes have double-digit blocks – Lauren Witte (40), Elle Sandbothe (36), Podraza (28), Jordan Fry (21), Grunze (17), Adria Powell (12) and Gabby Gonzales (11).


Ohio State hits the road to face Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.