BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team capped off the Holiday Inn – University Plaza Invitational with a 3-0 win over Bowling Green (27-25, 25-21, 25-16) Saturday evening at E.A. Diddle Arena. The victory lifts the Buckeyes to 4-5 on the year while the Falcons drop to 5-5 overall.
Mia Grunze and Vanja Bukilić combined for 25 of Ohio State’s 49 kills. Grunze hit .357 with a team-high 13 kills and Bukilić added 12 kills while converting at a .400 clip. Adria Powell chipped in nine kills while Kylie Murr and Bia Franklin tallied 17 and 10 digs, respectively. Mac Podraza notched 41 assists and six digs. Jordan Fry got in on three blocks and had four kills along with Lauren Witte.
The Buckeyes held the Falcons to a .197 attacking percentage while hitting .307. Five Ohio State players attacked above a .350 clip.
Murr, a defensive specialist, was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 5.40 digs per set over three matches.
SET 1: The teams were evenly matched to open things up. A duo of errors by the Falcons and kills from Witte and Podraza put the Buckeyes up 18-14. Ohio State kept rolling as another kill from Witte capped off a 6-0 run. Bowling Green gained some momentum late in the rally to tie the score at 22-all. The Buckeyes had the last three points of the set for a 27-25 win.
SET 2: It was all Ohio State as it scored the first eight points of the frame. A 4-0 run brought the Falcons within two, 15-13, and sent the Buckeyes to their bench. Bowling Green needed a break with OSU ahead 20-16. Back on the court, Ohio State held off its opponent for a 25-21 victory.
SET 3: The set started much like the first as the teams traded points. Franklin’s ace gave the Buckeyes an 18-14 advantage and forced a Bowling Green timeout. Ohio State outscored the Falcons, 7-2, to take the set, 25-16.
Ohio State returns to the Covelli Center to host Miami (OH), Dayton and Illinois State for the Buckeye Invitational Sept. 19-21.