COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (12-18 overall, 3-13 Big Ten) dropped a 3-1 (25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 25-22) decision at 12th-ranked Minnesota (24-6, 14-4) Sunday afternoon in the Sports Pavilion. Buckeye Katie Dull posted a team-high 19.5 points for Ohio State with 16 kills and a match-high seven assist blocks. OSU’s Kristen Dozier added 13.5 points with 11 kills and five assist blocks and Kelli Barhorst contributed 13 points with nine kills, an ace serve and six assist blocks. Minnesota’s Lauren Gibbemeyer recorded a match-high 22 points with 19 kills, an ace serve and four assist blocks. Kyle Roehrig contributed 12 points with 10 kills and four assist blocks.
Minnesota opened set one with two Kelly Schmidt kills. A Dull kill and an OSU error made it 3-1. Two kills from Barhorst tied the set at three. Four lead changes and 13 more ties made the set 18-all. Two OSU errors, a Katie Vatterrodt kill and one from Schmidt gave Minnesota a 22-18 lead. Buckeye kills from Ashley Hughes and Dull but the margin to 22-20. Gopher kills from Roehrig and Vatterrodt made it 24-20 with Minnesota serving set point. A Buckeye error ended the set for a 25-20 Minnesota win. The Gophers hit .394 in the set to .235 for Ohio State.
Trailing 4-2, Ohio State tied the set at five off a Minnesota error, a Dull kill and a Barhorst-Dull block. Two Ohio State errors and a Gibbemeyer kill gave Minnesota an 8-5 lead. The Gophers expanded the lead and at 23-11 an Ariana Filho kill made it set point at 24-11. A Barhorst kill stopped the set point at 24-12 but the Gophers won the set, 25-12 with a Gibbemeyer kill to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Minnesota hit .423 for the set to -.031 for the Buckeyes.
Set three was close early with eight ties and four lead changes. Ohio State held a 9-8 lead when a Hailey Cowles kill tied the set for the last time. The Buckeyes started an eight-point run with two Minnesota errors and a Hughes kill to lead 12-9 as the Gophers called time out. The run continued with a Gopher error, a Hughes ace serve, a Dull kill and a Kaila Calhoun-Dozier block to expand the lead to 16-9 as Minnesota called their second time out. A solo block by Betsy Hone made it 19-7. At 21-11, Minnesota scored the next five points to make the score, 21-16. Dull and Barhorst, with kills, stopped the run at 23-16. A Gibbemeyer kill made it 23-17. Ohio State reached set point at 24-17 with a Barhorst-Dull block. Gibbemeyer stopped the first set point at 24-18. The Buckeyes closed out the set with a Calhoun kill for a 25-18 win, cutting the Minnesota lead to 2-1 in the match. Ohio State hit .200 for the set to .068 for the Gophers.
Set four saw eight lead changes in a close contest. The Gophers held the early lead. At 15-13, Minnesota, a Dull kill and a Barhorst-Dull block tied the set at 15. Two kills from Hone and one from Dull opened an 18-15 Ohio State lead. A Buckeye error and a Barhorst kill made it 19-16. An OSU error and two Gibbemeyer kills tied the set at 19. Minnesota took a 22-19 lead with a Vatterrodt-Gibbemeyer block and kills from Vatterrodt and Gibbemeyer. A Dull kill made it 22-20. A Roehrig kill made it 23-20. Ohio State made it 23-21 with a Calhoun kill. Minnesota reached match point at 24-21 with a Gibbemeyer kill. Ohio State stopped the first match point with a Dozier kill at 24-22. The Gophers won the set with a Rachel Hartmann kill to win the match, 3-1. The Gophers hit .234 in the set to .233 for Ohio State.
For the match, Minnesota hit .253 to .165 for the Buckeyes. The Gophers had a 59-48 advantage in kills while each squad recorded four ace serves. OSU’s Hughes and Minnesota’s Hartmann each recorded three aces. The Gophers gave up five service errors to four for the Buckeyes. Defensively, Ohio State edged Minnesota in digs, 60-59. Ohio State’s Chelsea Noble recorded a match-high 17 digs in the contest. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 12-9 edge in team blocks. OSU’s Dull posted a match-high seven assist blocks in the match for her career high. At setter, Hartmann collected a match-high 45 assists for the Gophers. Ohio State’s Hone recorded 27 assists and Hughes, 13, for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State returns home to close out the regular season with matches against top-ranked Penn State (30-0, 18-0) Friday and Indiana (16-14, 8-10) Saturday. The 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena will honor the parents of the players Friday and honor senior Laura Kastein Saturday.
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