COLUMBUS, Ohio After the opening week of spring practice, the OhioState women’s volleyball team traveled to Chicago, Ill. to compete in the Chicago Spring Challenge at the Palos Courts last Saturday. The Buckeyes faced five opponents in matches of two sets to 25 points. Under NCAA rule changes for the fall, games are now called sets and they are played to 25 points rather than 30 in the first four games. In the five matches, OhioState won two, lost one and tied two.


 OhioState split with Northern Iowa, 21-25, 26-24. The Buckeyes trailed 14-3 in the second set before coming back to earn the split. The Buckeyes also split with IllinoisState, 25-22, 23-25 and lost to Pittsburgh, 22-25, 23-25. OhioState defeated Valparaiso, 25-19, 25-21 and Duke, 25-23, 25-23.


“I was proud of how our players competed throughout the day,” Geoff Carlston, head coach, said. “We just started our spring season on Monday, much later than most teams, so I was happy to see the progress the group made from the first match to the last.


“We have been stressing the development of our team culture and identity. These are within the control of each player and therefore as a team. How we communicate, how we battle, our effort and heart. We took a solid first step in the right direction in those areas.”


OhioState continues spring practice and will play at the Team Indy Saturday and the Purdue Invitational April 12.