COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State picked up a pair of wins Saturday (Sept. 2) at St. John Arena to improve to 4-2 on the young season. The Buckeyes started the day by getting past Oakland (3-3) in four sets (25-14, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23) before storming past Lipscomb (4-2) in straight sets (25-19, 27-25, 25-15).
Missouri State was crowned champions of the 2017 Sports Imports D.C. Koehl classic based on a 'most sets won' tiebreaker with Lipscomb and Ohio State. All three squads posted match records of 2-1 while Oakland came in at 0-3.
Junior classmates Audra Appold and Taylor Hughes were named to the all-tournament team. Appold racked up 49 points over the weekend, attacking .388 on 46 kills. Hughes did a little bit of everything, stuffing the stat sheet with per set averages of 10.91 assists, 3.45 digs, 1.73 kills and .91 blocks while swinging .472 (19-2-36).
Lauren Witte and Ashley Wenz both hit .340 or better and averaged 1.73 and 1.00 blocks per set. Madison Smeathers proved tough to get past up front as well, getting in on 13 total blocks (1.18/set).
The Buckeyes stuffed their opposition at a 4.00 blocks per set rate on Saturday, rejecting Oakland a dozen times followed by 16 sent back in the three-setter over Lipscomb. Witte was a part of 13 blocks on the day.
Three players posted double-digit kills against Oakland (Appold 13, Schirmer 10, Wenz 13) and three did the same for digs (Hughes 16, Gruensfelder 15, Schirmer 13). Despite a 25-19 hiccup in the second set, Ohio State out-scored the Golden Grizzlies by 13 points overall.
Lipscomb mustered a .055 teamm attacking efficiency, victimized by the 16 Buckeye blocks and 57 digs. Appold lifted the offense, blasting 18 kills with a .441 hitting percentage. She also paced the squad in digs (14) for a double-double. The Buckeyes sandwiched an exciting 27-25 second-set win with a pair of lopsided triumphs in the first and third. Ohio State fended off two LU set-points to comeback for the 27-25 winner. The first and last frames weren't so dramatic, ending in 25-19 and 25-15 edges for the Scarlet & Gray.
Ohio State ventures south next weeknd (Sept. 8-9), competing in the Coastal Carolina Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Buckeyes are slated to face the host Chanticleers, Notre Dame and FIU.
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