November 13, 2022

Ohio State Takes Down No. 4 Nebraska in Four Sets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-5, 15-1 B1G) beat No. 4 Nebraska (22-3, 14-2 B1G) in front of a sold-out Covelli crowd in four sets (31-29, 25-21, 26-28, 25-16) on military appreciation day on Sunday.

The first set was the longest set of the season for Ohio State as the Buckeyes won the set by a 31-29 mark. Nebraska led early in the second set, but the Buckeyes battled back to win the set by a 25-21 margin. The Huskers forced a fourth set with a successful challenge to end a 28-26 third set. Ohio State took the lead early in the fourth set and ended the match with a 25-16 set win.

How it Happened

Adria Powell opened the match with a kill and the Buckeyes built an early 7-3 lead. Nebraska used a 4-0 run to tie the set at nine. The Huskers took their first lead of the match at 11-10 before the Buckeyes tied the set at 11. Ohio State took the 15-14 lead into the media timeout following a kill from Gabby Gonzales. After Nebraska tied the set at 15, back-to-back OSU points forced a Huskers timeout with OSU up 17-15. Nebraska used three-unanswered points to tie the set again at 19. Ohio State built a 24-22 lead to force a second Nebraska timeout but back-to-back Husker points out of the timeout tied the set at 24, forcing a Buckeye timeout. The Huskers fought off four OSU set points and took the 27-26 advantage to prompt an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes scored back-to-back points but the Huskers did the same to take a 29-28 lead. Ohio State won the set by a 31-29 margin on a pair of kills from Emily Londot and a Huskers’ attacking error.

Nebraska scored the first two points in the second set and jumped out to a 7-2 lead to force an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes strung together three-unanswered points to cut the deficit to 9-6 and got within two at 11-9 to prompt a Nebraska timeout. Ohio State tied the set for the first time at 11 before the Huskers took a 15-13 lead. The Buckeyes scored three-unanswered points to take their first lead of the set at 16-15, forcing a Nebraska timeout. OSU did not allow Nebraska to retake the lead despite being tied three times. A 3-0 Buckeye run gave Ohio State a 21-18 advantage. The Buckeyes sealed the 25-21 set win on a Rylee Rader kill.

The Huskers scored first and led 2-1 before a 5-0 Buckeyes run gave Ohio State the early 6-2 advantage, forcing a Nebraska timeout. The teams traded points with neither putting together a big run as OSU had the 14-9 lead midway through the set following a block from Powell and Jenaisya Moore. After Ohio State led 16-10, Nebraska got within two at 17-15 to force an OSU timeout. The Huskers trimmed the deficit to one point multiple times out of the timeout as the teams traded point-for-point until Nebraska tied the set at 20. The Huskers took a 22-21 lead with back-to-back points, their first lead since 2-1, and went ahead 24-22 to force a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State fought off four Nebraska set points before a successful Huskers challenge gave Nebraska the 28-26 set win to force a fourth set.

Nebraska opened scoring in the fourth set as the teams tied at the first two points. Ohio State scored five of the next six points to take a 7-3 lead and force a Huskers timeout. The teams traded points until a 5-0 OSU run amidst a Nebraska timeout gave the Buckeyes the 13-5 advantage. Ohio State pushed its lead to 19-9 before four-unanswered Huskers points forced a Buckeye timeout, leading 19-13. Nebraska scored out of the timeout before OSU could answer. The Buckeyes scored the final four points of the match to win the fourth set by a 25-16 margin.

Highlights

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Intros

S1: Emily Londot/Adria Powell block

S1: Gabby Gonzales kill

S1: Jenaisya Moore kill

S1: Emily Londot kill

S1: Rylee Rader kill

S1: Kylie Murr dig

S1: Set point / reaction

S2: Jenaisya Moore kill

S2: Adria Powell/Emily Londot block

S2: Fan view

S2: Mac Podraza dump

S2: Set point

S3: Kylie Murr ace

S3: Kylie Murr dig/hype

S3: Rylee Rader/Emily Londot block

S3: Adria Powell kill

S4: Jenaisya Moore kill

S4: Kylie Murr dig, Gabby Gonzales kill

S4: Rylee Rader kill

S4: Match point

Celebration

Match Notes

  • The Buckeye defense forced its opponent to hit under .200 for the 16th time this season, going 15-1 in those matches.
  • Ohio State is 14-1 when three or more Buckeyes total at least 10 kills apiece.
  • OSU recorded a season-high 101 digs, besting the previous high of 79 digs recorded in the five-setter at Nebraska in September.
  • Kylie Murr was the first in the match to 10 digs, doing so in the first set. She totaled at least 10 digs for the 22nd time this season and reached 20 for the seventh time this season, matching her season-high (24) digs.
  • Emily Londot was the first in the match to 10 kills, recording 12 in the first set on her way to a season-high 23 kills total (just one shy of her career-high). This is the 21st time this season Londot has totaled at least 10 kills. She added her career-high 21 digs for her 10th double-double of the season, surpassing 600 career digs.
  • Londot was the third Buckeye to record a 20-kill match this season.
  • Gabby Gonzales reached 10 digs for the ninth time this season, finishing with a season-high 20 digs. Gonzales added 18 kills to record her ninth double-double of the season. This was the 16th match of the season that Gonzales had at least 10 kills.
  • Jenaisya Moore reached 10 kills for the 19th time this season, finishing the match with 12 kills.
  • Mac Podraza recorded her ninth double-double of the season as well, finishing with 55 assists and 11 digs.
  • Sarah Sue Morbitzer recorded at least 10 digs for the sixth time this season, matching her career-high 16 digs.
  • Murr recorded more than one ace for the sixth time this season.
  • Set one: The set was the Buckeyes’ longest of the season, featuring 16 ties and six lead changes.
  • Set two: Following a 9-3 start for Nebraska, Ohio State responded with a 13-6 run to take its first lead of the set at 16-15 – a lead that wouldn’t be relinquished.
  • Set three: Ohio State fought off four Nebraska set points before a successful Huskers challenge ended the set.
  • Set four: Ohio State hit .417 in the set, compared to Nebraska’s .184.

What They Said

Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg: “We want want to go out and prove that we can not only hang with [Nebraska], but that we can beat them and defend our home court. We’re a team to respond the way they have since the loss [at Nebraska] is huge. To come out tonight in a big moment and play the way we did and on national TV in front of a sold-out crowd – it’s amazing. It’s a good feeling.”

Junior opposite Emily Londot: “I think the first word to come to mind is fun. It reminds me why I love the game – just having fun out there. Seeing everyone else succeeding too, helps me succeed more. Kylie Murr is back there making those big plays and then I make one and we work off each other. I think that’s what this team is. We really just take each other’s success and run with it.”

Up Next

Ohio State wraps up its regular-season road schedule on Friday at Maryland. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. in a match broadcast on B1G+.

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