COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Mac Podraza earned the first weekly honor of her career after being tabbed as the Big Ten Setter of the Week, the conference announced today.
Podraza averaged 9.21 assists per set and totaled 129 assists during Ohio State’s upset of No. 8 Penn State and two wins over Illinois. She recorded her second double-double of the year against the Nittany Lions with 42 assists and a career-high 15 digs. Podraza also added five kills, three blocks and two aces. The Sunbury, Ohio, native led the match in assists on Friday (42) and Saturday (45) when the Buckeyes faced Illinois. She also contributed 10 kills, 15 digs and five blocks during the series.
Under the direction of head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg, Ohio State remains undefeated at 9-0, which is the best start since the 2013 team opened its campaign at 13-0. It is also the best start for a first-year head coach in the volleyball program’s 49-year history. Wednesday’s win over Penn State was the first victory over a ranked opponent this season. Friday’s triumph marked the first time Ohio State had beaten Illinois since Nov. 11, 2015 and the first win in Champaign since Oct. 10, 2015. It was the first series sweep of the Illini since the 2015 season.