October 16, 2021

Ohio State Rolls to Sweep Against Rutgers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (16-2, 6-2 Big Ten) earned a sweep (25-13, 25-20, 25-6) against Rutgers (8-11, 0-8 Big Ten) on Saturday evening inside Covelli in a match that lasted only one hour and 12 minutes.

How it Happened

Ohio State scored first on a kill from Emily Londot and owned the first seven points to force a Rutgers timeout. The Buckeyes led 8-0 before the Scarlet Knights got onto the board. Rutgers went on a 4-1 run to narrow the gap to 11-6. The Scarlet Knights would get no closer as the Buckeyes extended their lead to 21-11 to force another Rutgers timeout. Ohio State won the first set, 25-13, on a kill from Mia Grunze.

The Buckeyes got off to a quick start in the second set, scoring the first four points. The Scarlet Knights responded with three points to trim the lead to one. Rutgers took its first lead of the match at 6-5 but Ohio State took the lead back with three-straight points to lead 8-6. The Scarlet Knights tied the set at 10 and 11 but did not regain the lead. Rutgers called timeout as Ohio State held a 14-12 lead. The Scarlet Knights tied the set at 14 and 16 but back-to-back Buckeye points gave OSU an 18-16 advantage and an RU timeout. Ohio State closed the set with a 7-4 run to win by a 25-20 margin on a Gabby Gonzales kill.

OSU scored the first two points of set three and built an early 9-2 lead to force a Rutgers timeout. The Buckeyes continued their run out of the timeout, scoring 10-consecutive points to increase the lead to 15-2 as the Scarlet Knights took their second timeout of the set. Ohio State scored 18 unanswered points to take its lead up to 23-2. The Buckeyes took the third set by a 25-6 margin on a kill from Rylee Rader.

Highlights

S1: Arica Davis/Emily Londot block

S1: Set point (Mia Grunze kill)

S2: Rylee Rader kill

S2: Gabby Gonzales 10th kill

S2: Set point (Gabby Gonzales kill)

S3: Rylee Rader/Jenaiysa Moore block

S3: Match point (Rylee Rader kill)

Match Notes

  • This is the 12th sweep of the season for the Buckeyes.
  • This was the best hitting performance of the season for Ohio State, as the Buckeyes finished the match hitting .443.
  • The OSU defense limited its opponent to hitting less than .200 for the 14th time this season.
  • With her first kill of the match, Arica Davis hit 100 career kills.
  • Gabby Gonzales was the first on either team to reach 10 kills, doing so at 24-19 of the second set. She surpassed 10 kills for the 12th time this season.
  • Rylee Rader reached double-figure kills for the seventh time this season, finishing the match with a match-high 12 kills.
  • Jenaisya Moore had a season-high eight kills.
  • Set one: The Buckeyes had 10 kills in their first 11 points, including six from Gabby Gonzales.
  • Set one: After building the 8-0 lead, Ohio State led by at least five points for the remainder of the set.
  • Set one: The Buckeyes hit .485 while the Scarlet Knights hit .120.
  • Set two: Rutgers took its first lead of the match at 6-5, its lone lead of the set.
  • Set two: The set featured six ties.
  • Set three: The Buckeyes hit .583 during the set, compared to the Scarlet Knights’ -.069.
  • Set three: After leading 5-2, Ohio State scored the next 18 points.

What They Said

Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg on playing Rutgers:

“I think this was a good test of our discipline. We talked about coming into the match, obviously it’s a different feel than last night. Rutgers is a team that prepares well and we wanted to make sure that we came out and set the tone and take it to a team that we should beat on paper and I feel like our team had a great mentality coming in. They started making runs and chunks of plays like we talked about before the match.”

Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg on Jenaisya Moore’s performance:

“[Jenaisya] has been working hard all season and I don’t substitute a lot. It’s always a challenge of when to put somebody in and why but I applaud her work ethic in practice – how much of a teammate she’s been as a bench player and what she brings to practice. I felt like for her, to recognize the effort she’s put forth everyday and let her know how much the team supports her. She got that first kill and the bench went crazy – and everybody on the court too. That just shows how much of a team we are and that was exciting to see for her.”

Junior outside hitter Jenaisya Moore on the team’s plan:

“I’m really excited for this team and where this team can go. Coming into this game, we focused on small increments and working to be the first to five, the first to 10, the first to 15. I thought we had really good focus, execution and were really clean. I’m really proud of that.”

Junior outside hitter Jenaisya Moore on entering the match in the third set:

“You’re kind of cold when you sit two sets so I had to take a breath to myself and get my mind right – trust the training, trust the scouting report and just listen to your teammates. I didn’t have to do anything special. I had my teammates right by my side. I trusted them and they put me in good positions. I’m so thankful for my team.”

Sophomore middle blocker Rylee Rader on going the weekend without a hitting error:

“I couldn’t do it without my team. Our passing is great, the back can set me and they set me up for success.”

Sophomore middle blocker Rylee Rader the team’s chemistry:

“Jenaisya did really well coming off the bench. That’s hard to do when you’re cool and she did an amazing job doing that. We have so many players in each position that at any position that could happen. We push each other during practice to keep making each other better.

Up Next

The Buckeyes are on the road for a pair of top-25 matchups next weekend. On Friday, Ohio State will face No. 3 Wisconsin at 9 p.m. ET in a match on BTN (TV login required). The Buckeyes then play at No. 12 Minnesota on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET in a match broadcast live on ESPNU (TV login required).

Single-match and season tickets for all home games are now on sale. Purchase today to see your Buckeyes inside Covelli this season.

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