Sept. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 21 Ohio State women's volleyball team closed out the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup Saturday night with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 25-13) win over host Houston at the Athletics/Alumni Center in Houston. With the win, Ohio State finished the weekend with a 9-3 overall record, while Houston fell to 1-9.
Senior Mariah Booth was named to the All-Tournament team after having a solid match vs. the Cougars, tying a career-high with 17 kills on 19 attempts for a .895 attack percentage. Booth added three block assists and two digs in the match. Senior Mari Hole notched a double-double, recording 10 kills and 11 digs. Classmate Emily Danks totaled 11 kills and had a season-high four service aces.
Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore finished with a career-best 24 digs, while junior Julianne Mandolfo had a season-best 12 digs. Senior setter Amanda Peterson tallied her second double-double of the season, recording 47 assists and 10 digs in the match.
Katie Norris paced the Houston offense with 16 kills, while setter Abby Simmons had 24 assists and 11 digs. Olivia O'Dell had 14 digs for the Cougars and Kaiti Waters had four block assists.
A kill by Kaitlyn Leary kicked off a four-point Buckeye opening rally to give Ohio State an 8-3 lead to start the first set. The Cougars responded and went ahead on 6-1 run, 12-10. Kills by Danks and Andrea Kacsits tied it up at 12 apiece. Back-to-back kills from Booth and Hole gave Ohio State a 17-15 lead. A 7-2 Buckeye run gave the squad set point at 24-17 and a kill by Hole solidified a 25-19 Ohio State win.
The two squads exchanged points and runs to open the second until a 4-0 Ohio State rally gave the Buckeyes a 9-6 advantage. Up a point at 12-11, Ohio State went on another four-point run triggered by a kill from Peterson. Two-straight kills by Kacsits set the score at 19-13 and the Buckeyes closed out the set on 3-0 run for a 25-16 win.
Houston took a 3-1 lead to open the third set and held on to its slim lead throughout the beginning of the set. A kill by Booth sent the Buckeyes on a four-point run to take the lead at 12-11 and Ohio State pushed ahead for a 14-12 advantage. The Cougars responded with a 5-0 to regain the lead at 20-16 and the home team held on for a 25-19 victory.
Two kills by Danks and a service ace form Peterson kicked off the final set and another three-point Buckeye run set the score 6-3 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray. A Booth/Danks block triggered a 7-0 Ohio State run for a 14-5 advantage back-to-back kills by Hole pushed the Buckeyes up 20-8. A kill by Booth and another by Hole sealed the Ohio State win at 25-13.
Ohio State opens the 2012 Big Ten schedule at home, hosting Iowa and No. 1 Nebraska. The Buckeyes face the Hawkeyes in a 7 p.m. ET match, Sept. 21, and follow with another 7 p.m. match vs. the Huskers, Sept. 22. Both contests will be played in St. John Arena.
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