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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (20-9, 15-5 B1G) swept (25-10, 25-14, 25-15) Tennessee State (19-16, 10-8 OVC) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday inside Covelli.
Ohio State scored the first five points of the match and cruised to a 25-10 win in the first set. The Buckeyes used an early 5-0 run to pull away to a 25-14 win in set two. Tennessee State had its first lead of the match early in the first set before Ohio State used multiple runs to clinch the sweep with a 25-15 set win in the third.
How it Happened
Gabby Gonzales opened scoring with a kill as the Buckeyes scored the first five points. Ohio State extended its lead to 12-3 with four-unanswered points before Tennessee State called its first timeout. TSU called a second timeout as OSU led by a 16-5 margin. The Buckeyes scored the final four points to earn the 25-10 set win.
Ohio State scored the first two points of the second set and used a 5-0 run to force a Tennessee State timeout with the Buckeyes up 11-3. OSU doubled up on TSU at 16-8, 20-10 and 22-11 before sealing the 25-14 set win with Jenaisya Moore’s ninth kill of the match.
Tennessee State had its first lead of the match to begin the third set, leading 4-1 and 6-3. Ohio State responded with a 7-0 run to take a 10-6 lead, forcing a TSU timeout. The Buckeyes used a 5-0 run on their way to a 16-8 advantage as Tennessee State used its second timeout of the set. Ohio State put together three- and four-point runs to earn the 25-15 set win and clinch the sweep.
S1: Set point
S2: Set point
S3: Set point
- This is the fifth time this season that the Buckeyes have had four record at least 10 kills apiece. Each time, it’s been Gabby Gonzales, Emily Londot, Jenaisya Moore and Rylee Rader.
- Ohio State hit .426 as a team throughout the match, its highest percentage of the season. The Buckeyes also had the most kills (52) in a three-set match of the season.
- This is OSU’s 10th sweep of the season.
- This is the 17th time this season the Buckeye defense has limited its opponent to hitting under .200 as TSU hit .122 tonight.
- Kylie Murr recorded at least 10 digs for the 26th time this season. Murr finished with 15 digs.
- Jenaisya Moore was the first in the match to reach 10 kills, doing so for the 21st time this season and totaling 11 kills.
- Gabby Gonzales had 10+ kills for the 20th time this season, finishing with 11 kills.
- Rylee Rader finished with 11 kills, totaling at least 10 kills for the eighth time this season.
- Emily Londot recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. This is the 26th time this season she’s had at least 10 kills.
- S1: Ohio State hit .500 in the set compared to Tennessee State’s .059.
- S2: The Buckeyes hit .515 in the set.
- S3: Ohio State’s defense forced TSU to hit just .062 in the set.
What They Said
- Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg: “I think it says a lot about our offense in the ability to get it to any hitter and then put the ball away. I know that was an emphasis that Mac [Podraza] and I talked about before the match is can we spread our offense and get back to that type of play because it creates so much pressure on the other side.”
- Junior opposite Emily Londot: “You mentioned having more upperclassmen on the court and I think playing together for that long, there’s so much trust and confidence in each other. It doesn’t matter who the ball goes to, we know we’re getting that point because we trust every single one of our hitters to put the ball down and just play the way that Buckeye volleyball is meant to be.”
- Junior middle Rylee Rader: “We know that in order to win that game we had to play Buckeye volleyball and I think one big emphasis is to play loose and free. I think those two breaths [before the match] just helped us calm down.”
Ohio State faces six-seeded USC in the NCAA second round on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.