Sept. 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 23 Ohio State women's volleyball opened the Big Ten slate with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-16) victory over Iowa Friday in St. John Arena. Seniors Mari Hole and Emily Danks were honored prior to the match as their banners were dropped recognizing them as 2011 All-America honorable mentions.
The Buckeyes (10-3, 1-0) were led by Hole and Danks offensively as Hole had a match-high 14 kills and Danks totaled 11. Danks finished with a season-best .611 attack percentage, connecting on 11 of 18 attempts with no errors. She also added two service aces and seven digs.
Rachael Bedell and Alex Lovell had eight and seven kills, respectively, for Iowa (8-6, 1-0). Setter Nikki Dailey finished with 25 assists and 10 digs to lead the Hawkeyes.
Ohio State opened up the first set on a 4-1 run and held on to its lead through the beginning of the set. Back-to-back kills by Mariah Booth and a Danks service ace forced an Iowa timeout at 13-9. Down 14-10, the Hawkeyes responded with a 6-1 rally of their own to take a 16-15 lead. But Ohio State rebounded and a kill by Hole triggered a 9-3 Buckeye run and the home squad took the set, 25-18.
The Buckeyes opened the second set just as the first and took a quick 5-2 lead highlighted by a pair of Kaitlyn Leary kills. Tied 7-7, a Hawkeye error sent Ohio State on a long run, taking a 16-8 advantage. Iowa came back with a major run of its own and caqme within three at 19-16. However, a kill from Hole gave the Buckeyes set point and a Hawkeye attack error sealed the set win, 25-20.
Set three kicked off with another 5-2 Ohio State run highlighted by a Danks service ace. A kill by Hole and a pair of kills from Danks pushed the Buckeye lead to eight at 14-6 before Iowa took a timeout. Kills by Hole, Leary and freshman Katie Mitchell gave Ohio State a 10-point advantage, 20-10, and the home squad took the match with a 25-16 victory.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Saturday for a 7 p.m. match vs. No. 3 Nebraska. Fans who attend the UAB football game can redeem their football ticket for a $2 general admission ticket to the match. For more information, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com.