No. 24 OSU Falls, 3-1, at No. 10 Nebraska
Sept. 24, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 24th-ranked Ohio State (11-4 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) women's volleyball team fell, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 11-25, 16-25) at 10th-ranked Nebraska (9-1, 2-0) Saturday night in the NU Coliseum. OSU's Emily Danks posted a team-high 13.5 points with 10 kills (.172), two ace serves and three assist blocks. Mariah Booth added 11 points for the Buckeyes with 10 kills (.562) and two assist blocks. Morgan Broekhuis and Hannah Werth shared match-high honors for Nebraska with 14.5 points each. Broekhuis recorded 11 kills (.226), one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks. Werth posted 13 kills (.522) and three assist blocks.
Ohio State opened set one of the match with a Mari Hole kill and a Danks-Booth block for a 2-0 lead. Trailing, 3-1, a Broekhuis kill and an OSU error tied the set at three. At 10-all, a Werth-Hayley Thramer block and a Broekhuis solo block gave Nebraska a 12-10 lead. At 13-11, a Kelli Barhorst kill and an ace serve from Danks tied the set at 13. An OSU error, a Broekhuis ace serve and a Werth-Brooke Delano block gave Nebraska a 16-13 lead. At 19-16, an ace serve from Amanda Peterson and a Nebraska error cut the lead to one at 19-18. A Buckeye error and a Gina Mancuso kill made it 21-18 Nebraska. Nebraska held a 23-19 lead when two kills from Danks, a Sarah Mignin ace serve and another Danks kill tied the set at 23. An OSU error gave Nebraska set point at 24-23. A Broekhuis-Delano block won the set, 25-23, for Nebraska to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Cornhuskers hit .300 for the set to .184 for Ohio State.
The second set saw seven lead changes and 12 ties. Nebraska held a 19-17 lead when a kill from Booth and a Booth-Danks block tied the set at 19. Two OSU errors made it 21-19. A kill from Hole and a Nebraska error tied the set at 21. With back-to-back kills from Kaitlyn Leary, Ohio State took a 23-21 lead in the set. A Thramer kill and a Buckeye error tied the set at 23. Ohio State reached set point at 24-23 with a kill from Booth. A Nebraska error ended the set at 25-23 to tie the match at one set each. Ohio State hit .342 for the set to .216 for the Cornhuskers.
With the third set tied at one, kills from Broekhuis, Mancuso and Jordan Wilberger, a Mancuso ace serve, an OSU error and a Werth-Wilberger block opened a 7-1 Nebraska lead. The Cornhuskers held the lead to reach set point at 24-11 off a Werth kill. A Mancuso kill won the set at 25-11 to give Nebraska a 2-1 lead in the match. Nebraska hit .600 for the set to -.100 for Ohio State.
Nebraska, in set four, broke a 5-5 tie with a four point run with a kill from Delano, two OSU errors and a Mancuso solo block for a 9-5 lead. The Cornhuskers expanded the lead to seven at 17-10. The Buckeyes cut the margin to five at 21-16 before Nebraska closed out the set with the final four points starting with kills from Broekhuis, Delano and Wilberger to reach match point at 24-16. A Broekhuis-Wilberger block won the set, 25-16, to give the Cornhuskers a 3-1 victory in the match. Nebraska hit .370 for the set to .036 for Ohio State.
For the match, Nebraska hit .342 to .134 for Ohio State. The Cornhuskers had a 52-47 advantage in kills and a 48-44 edge in assists. Lauren Cook recorded a match-high 41 assists for Nebraska with OSU's Peterson collecting 39. OSU had a 6-2 margin in ace serves with Danks and Hole recording two each. OSU gave up 11 service errors to five for Nebraska. Defensively, the Cornhuskers had a 46-44 edge in digs. OSU's Mignin posted a match-high 15 digs. At the net, Nebraska had an 11-6 margin in team blocks. Delano and Broekhuis shared match-high honors with four total blocks each. Delano recorded four assist blocks while Broekhuis had a solo and three assists.
Ohio State returns to Columbus next weekend to begin a four-match home stand. The Buckeyes will host ninth-ranked Minnesota (7-3, 0-1) Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. EDT and play Wisconsin (9-4, 1-0) Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. EDT in St. John Arena.
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