COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (12-19 overall, 3-16 Big Ten) fell, 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 30-28) to top-ranked Penn State (31-0, 19-0) Friday night in St. John Arena in front of 2,577 fans. OSU’s Katie Dull posted a match-high 17 points against the Nittany Lions with a match-high 16 kills and a solo block. Penn State’s Arielle Wilson collected a team-high 14 points with 11 kills, a solo block and four assist blocks.
Tied at six in set one, Penn State kills by Wilson and Blair Brown gave the Nittany Lions an 8-6 lead. Ohio State would cut the lead to one, eight times but would come no closer. Trailing, 17-15, a Kristen Dozier kill cut the margin to one at 17-16, for the last time. A Buckeye error and a Christa Harmotto kill gave Penn State a 19-16 lead. Trailing by four at 23-19, a Kaila Calhoun kill made it 23-20. A Wilson kill made it 24-20 with Penn State serving set point. A Nicole Fawcett kill gave the Nittany Lions a 25-20 set one win. Penn Stat hit .433 for the set to .185 for Ohio State.
Penn State broke a 4-4 tie in set two with a Wilson-Megan Hodge block. A Brown kill made it 6-4 Penn State. A Calhoun kill cut the margin to one at 6-5. Penn State, with a Wilson kill, two Ohio State errors and a Roberta Holehouse ace serve, opened a 10-5 lead. Penn State used a 15-7 run to close out the set with a Hodge-Harmotto block for a 25-12 set two win. The Nittany Lions hit .481 to OSU’s .062.
In an outstanding set three that saw 12 ties and four lead changes, Penn State broke a 3-3 tie with two kills from Fawcett, one from Wilson and an OSU error to open a 7-3 lead. Trailing, 9-5, Buckeye kills from Ashley Hughes and Dull and a Dull solo block cut the Penn State lead to one at 9-8. Two OSU errors made it 11-8 Penn State. Two Dull kills and a Kelli Barhorst ace serve tied the set at 11. Tied at 12, a Hughes ace serve and a Penn State error gave Ohio State a 14-12 lead as Penn State called time out. A Fawcett kill cut the lead to 14-13. Ohio State kills from Dull, Dozier and Calhoun gave Ohio State a four-point lead at 17-13. A Fawcett kill and an OSU error made it 17-15. Calhoun, with a kill, made it 18-15. A Wilson kill and an OSU error cut the Buckeye lead to one at 18-17. A kill and solo block from Calhoun gave the Buckeyes a 20-17 lead. A Hodge kill and a Penn State error made it 21-18. A Hodge kill and an OSU error made it 21-20. Ohio State took a 22-20 lead with a Barhorst kill. Two Harmotto kills tied the set at 22. The Buckeyes took a 23-22 lead with a Dozier kill. Harmotto tied the match at 23 with a kill. A Dull kill made it 24-23 with Ohio State serving set point as Penn State called time out. A Fawcett kill stopped the set point to tie the set at 24. A Buckeye error gave Penn State a 25-24 lead, serving match point. OSU tied the set at 25 with a Calhoun kill. A Wilson kill made it 26-25 Penn State, serving match point two. A Penn State error tied the set at 26. The Nittany Lions had their third match point at 27-26 with a Hodge kill. The Buckeyes tied the set at 27 with a Calhoun kill. Ohio State, with a Dull kill, took a 28-27 lead and were serving their second set point. Hodge tied the set with a kill at 28. Another Hodge kill gave Penn State a 29-28 lead and serving their fourth match point. Hodge, with a kill, closed out the set at 30-28 to give Penn State a 3-0 win in the match. The Nittany Lions hit .474 in the set while Ohio State hit .472.
For the match, Penn State had a 54-38 advantage in kills and out hit Ohio State, .463 to .253. Ohio State had a 3-2 edge in ace serves while Penn State had nine service errors to four for Ohio State. Defensively, the Nittany Lions had a 32-25 advantage in digs with Holehouse collecting a match-high nine. At the net, Penn State had a 6-4 margin in team blocks. Wilson recorded a match-high five blocks with a solo and four assists. At setter, Alisha Glass had a match-high 48 assists. OSU Hughes recorded 28 assists and Betsy Hone added six.
The Buckeyes are only the fourth team (UCLA, Iowa and Wisconsin) to score 20 or more points in two sets against the Nittany Lions. Ohio State’s 28 points in set three is the most scored against Penn State in any set this season. The Buckeyes are the only team to have set points (2) against Penn State this year.
Ohio State closes out the season at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena when they host Indiana (16-15, 8-11).
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