November 25, 2017

Wenz, Schirmer Pace Buckeyes in Season Finale


Nov. 25, 2017

Final Stats


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Ashley Wenz and Luisa Schirmer combined for 38 kills as the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell in five sets (17-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 15-13) to Illinois Saturday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes end the 2017 season with a 15-16 overall record and 8-12 mark in the Big Ten.

In her last time wearing Scarlet & Gray, Wenz did a little bit everything for the squad behind a match-best 24 kills, 14 digs, four blocks and two service aces. Schirmer added 14 kills and 15 digs in her ninth double-double. She boosted her career digs total to 1,004. Schirmer also surpassed 1,000 kills this season.

Madison Smeathers chipped in nine kills while Lauren Witte posted eight kills and five blocks. Becca Mauer had career marks with 56 assists and four blocks. Hannah Gruensfelder dug 21 balls.

As a team, Ohio State recorded 11 blocks and held the Fighting Illini (21-10, 12-8 B1G) to a .200 clip.

SET 1: Schirmer connected on 5-of-11 error-free attempts to hit .455 in the opening frame. A 6-0 run highlighted by a pair of aces from Wenz helped the Buckeyes to a 16-11 lead. The squad kept pounding away with five straight points to push the gap to 21-14. Schirmer tallied three of OSU’s final four points to take the set, 25-17. The Buckeyes had a .414 attacking percentage (15-3-29).

SET 2: Wenz converted at a .636 rate in the second with seven kills on 11 clean swings. The two teams locked the score at 14-all on the ninth tie of the frame. The Fighting Illini went ahead 21-17 to send the Buckeyes to their bench. Back on the floor, Illinois kept the momentum going for a 25-21 win.

SET 3: The third set started much like the previous stanza with nine ties. Ohio State used a 6-2 sprint to regain the lead at 15-11. The Fighting Illini cut the deficit to two, 18-16, but the Buckeyes stayed calm on their way to a 25-21 victory.

SET 4: Illinois went up 18-12 to force a OSU timeout in the fourth. Out of the break, the Scarlet & Gray had a 7-2 run bring the score to 20-19. Illinois held on tight to claim the set, 25-22.

SET 5: After the visitors got out to a 4-1 advantage, the Buckeyes clawed their way back to knot things at 6-6. Ohio State and Illinois traded the next eight points until a kill by Ana Beatriz Franklin put the squad up by one, 11-10. The Fighting Illini closed the set out on a 5-2 run on the way to a 15-13 upper hand.