Sept. 28, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 22 Ohio State women's volleyball team traveled to No. 10 Minnesota and dropped a 3-0 (23-25, 23-25, 22-25) match Friday in the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. Ohio State fell to 10-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten, while the Golden Gophers improved to 12-2 and 3-0 in the conference.
Senior Mari Hole led the squad with 13 kills and added a solo block with two digs. Classmate Emily Danks had eight kills, while junior Kaitlyn Leary finished with five. Senior setter Amanda Peterson finished with a double-double, having 20 assists and 10 digs. Junior libero Davionna DiSalvatore had nine digs, while Julianne Mandolfo finished with two aces and seven digs.
Daly Santana and Katherine Harms led the Gophers with 14 kills apiece, while Tori Dixon had seven. Setter Alexandra Palmer had a match-high 37 assists and Lindsey Lawmaster had 11 digs.
The two squads battled back and forth in the opening set, exchanging points and runs. Down two at 9-7, a Gopher error led to a three-point Buckeye run to give Ohio State a 10-9 lead. A kill by Hole set the score at 16-14 before Minnesota went on a 7-0 run for a 21-16 lead. Back-to-back kills by Hole and one by Mariah Booth brought the Buckeyes within a point a 23-22, but the Gophers held on for a 25-23 win.
Down 4-3 in the second set, Minnesota put together a 5-0 run for an 8-4 advantage. A kill by Katie Mitchell and a Peterson service ace brought the Buckeyes within a point at 10-9 and a kill by Andrea Kacsits sent Ohio State on a three-point rally for a 12-11 lead. The teams went back and forth before back-to-back kills by Santana led to a 22-18 Gopher lead to force a Buckeye timeout. An Ohio State rally brought the team within a point at 24-23, but Minnesota took the set, 25-23.
The Gophers grabbed an 8-5 lead to open the final set and jumped out to a 10-6 advantage. Two straight Minnesota errors brought Ohio State within a point at 12-11, but a major Gopher run set the score, 16-12. Minnesota took a 20-15 lead to force a Buckeye timeout, but a kill by Booth triggered a major Buckeye run to cut the Gopher lead at 22-21. However, Minnesota held on and took the set with a 25-22 win.
Ohio State returns to the court Saturday, facing Wisconsin in an 8 p.m. ET match in Madison.
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