Oct. 29, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (11-8 overall, 5-7 Big Ten) women’s volleyball, behind 14 kills by Jen Flynn defeated the Wildcats of Northwestern (2-19, 0-11) in a three-game sweep, 15-5, 15-5, 15-7. OSU’s Shelly Draeger and Dana Stearns added seven kills each with Suzie Stiling and Anne Botica contributing five apiece. NU’s Carmen Burbach scored a team-high eight kills for the Wildcats with Kitty Owen adding seven.

%^$Northwestern started game one up 2-0 from two OSU errors, but a NU error and a kill by Sue Calligaris tied the game at two. OSU led 7-2 when three Buckeye errors cut the lead to 7-5. Four Wildcat errors gave OSU an 11-5 lead and back to back kills by Jen Flynn put the lead at 13-5. An OSU ace serve by Shelly Draeger set game point at 14-5 and Draeger’s kill ended the game at 15-5. Ohio State hit .321 for the game to .036 for Northwestern. OSU’s Flynn had a team-high five kills in the game with four from Draeger. Leah Ackerman collected three kills for Northwestern.

%^$The Wildcats opened game two with a 1-0 lead off a kill by Carmen Burbach. OSU tied the game at two off a Dana Stearns kill and built a 7-2 lead off a block by by Katie Virtue and Stearns, kills by Rosie Snow and Sue Calligaris and two NU errors. OSU built up a 12-3 lead two kills by Jen Flynn, an ace serve by Shelly Draeger and two Wildcat errors. A Buckeye error and a kill by Burbach cut the lead to 12-5, but OSU reached game point (14-5) from a Northwestern error and an ace serve by Flynn. The Wildcats held off four game points before Flynn’s ace serve ended the game at 15-5. The Buckeyes hit .447 for the game to .212 for the Wildcats. Flynn had a game-high six kills with Stearns adding five. NU’s Burbach had four kills with Kitty Owen adding three.

%^$Ohio State opened a 4-0 lead in game three on three NU errors and a kill by Dana Stearns. The Wildcats made it 4-1 off an OSU error. A NU error made it 5-1 and a kill by Suzie Stiling put the lead at 6-1. Wildcat Carmen Burbach made it 6-2 with a kill, but an ace serve by Stiling put the lead at 7-2. Jennifer Zagorski’s kill cut the lead back to 7-3 but three Wildcat errors gave OSU a 10-3 lead. The lead was cut to 10-6 off three Buckeye errors. A NU error made the score 11-6 but a kill by Burbach made it 11-7. An ace serve by Nikki Cisco put OSU up 12-7 and a block by Laura Stalling and Angelee Abbring and a kill by Anne Botica made the score 14-7 and match point for Ohio State. Northwestern sided out on match point with a kill by Cassie McKnight. The Buckeyes behind a kill by Erin Baker sided out setting OSU’s second match point. Baker served the ace for the point ending the game and match at 15-7. Ohio State hit .194 for the game while Northwestern hit -.063. Anne Botica and Jen Flynn had three kills each for OSU in the game while Burbach and Kitty Owen collected two kills each for Northwestern.

%^$For the match Ohio State hit .330 as a team to .065 for Northwestern. The Buckeyes had nine blocks to four for the Wildcats while each team had 30 digs. OSU had a 7-0 advantage in ace serves. Ohio State collected 46 kills in the match to 29 for Northwestern.

%^$Ohio State returns to the road next week to face Illinois Friday and Indiana Saturday.%^$