COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-5, 3-1 B1G) won in four sets (25-15, 25-13, 23-25, 25-21) at Indiana (9-7, 2-2 B1G) on Saturday evening in Bloomington, giving Ohio State Head Coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg her 50th career victory.
Ohio State led the first set from 2-1 on, winning by a 25-15 margin. The Buckeyes scored the first four points of the second set and didn’t look back, taking a two-set lead on a 25-13 second set win. Indiana forced a fourth set with a 25-23 win in the third set on the back of a successful challenge late in the set. The Buckeyes used an early run and held off a late Hoosiers push to win the fourth set, 25-21.
How it Happened
Indiana scored first to begin the match, but Ohio State immediately tied the set and jumped to an early 4-2 lead. The Buckeyes led by an 8-4 margin before Indiana’s first consecutive points cut the lead to 8-7. OSU scored four of the next five to force Indiana timeout as Ohio State was in front by a 12-8 mark. The Hoosiers got back within two points at 12-10, but the Buckeyes responded with a 7-2 run to force a second Indiana timeout leading by a 19-12 margin. The teams traded points out of the timeout before three-consecutive points from the Buckeyes earned the 25-15 set win.
Gabby Gonzales started the second set with back-to-back service aces as Ohio State scored the first four points. The Hoosiers called timeout as the Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Five-unanswered points from OSU forced another Indiana timeout with the Buckeyes in front, 14-5. Ohio State put together a second 5-0 run to extend the lead to 19-6 on a solo block from Emily Londot and closed a 25-13 set win on the ninth kill of the match from Gonzales.
Adria Powell began the third set with her fifth kill of the match as the Buckeyes scored the first three points. The Hoosiers got within one at 7-6 following back-to-back points, but the Buckeyes responded with a 3-0 run. Indiana tied its longest run of the night with three-unanswered points to again trim the OSU lead to one at 11-10 and tied the set at 13. Ohio State called timeout after Indiana takes its first lead since the first point of the match at 14-13. Both teams took a one-point lead out of the timeout as they traded points and the lead, being tied at every point from 14 through 19. Indiana put together a 3-0 run to take a 22-19 lead and forced an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes responded with a 3-0 run amidst a Hoosiers timeout to tie the set at 22. A successful Indiana challenge gave the Hoosiers the 23-22 lead and Indiana went on to win 25-23 and force a fourth set.
Indiana scored the first two points in the fourth set, but Ohio State immediately tied the set at two. The Hoosiers maintained a narrow lead until a 6-0 run from the Buckeyes gave Ohio State the 11-7 advantage on a block from Powell, forcing a Hoosiers timeout. Indiana scored back-to-back points to trim the OSU lead to 12-9. The Buckeyes responded with an extended 7-3 run to lead 19-12, forcing Indiana’s second timeout of the set. Six of the next eight points out of the timeout belonged to the Hoosiers as Indiana trimmed the Ohio State lead to 21-18, prompting an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes scored the first two points out of the timeout and won the set by a 25-21 mark.
S1: Rylee Rader kill
S1: Set point
S2: Set point
S3: Mia Grunze block
S4: Mia Grunze kill
Ohio State returns home next weekend, first hosting No. 12 Penn State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in a match broadcast live on BTN.
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