Sept. 29, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 22 Ohio State women's volleyball team improved to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 19-25, 25-20) win over Wisconsin Saturday in Madison. Senior Mari Hole and junior Kaitlyn Leary combined for 44 kills to lead the Buckeyes.
Hole totaled 23 kills and added 14 digs with three blocks (1s, 2a). Leary notched a career-high 21 kills along with a career-high seven digs. Senior Amanda Peterson had 36 assists with 11 digs, while sophomore Taylor Sherwin added 13 assists.
Ellen Chapman led Wisconsin (13-4, 1-3) with 14 kills, while Alexis Mitchell added 12. Setter Courtney Thomas finished with 32 assists and Annemarie Hickey had 19 digs.
Three kills by Leary and a service ace from Hole highlighted a 6-1 opening run for Ohio State to start the first set. A kill by Mariah Booth triggered a 5-1 Buckeye run for a 12-5 lead. The Badgers came within two at 15-13 and again within a point at 17-16, but kills from Kacsits and Booth helped the Buckeyes capture the set with a 25-11 win.
Another Hole service ace and a kill by Leary led to a 4-1 lead to kick of set two and a kill by Peterson along with a pair of Danks/Kacsits blocks set the score 11-7 in favor of Ohio State. A kill by Hole sent the Buckeyes on an eight-point run for a 19-8 lead and the squad closed out the set on a 6-0 for a 25-11 victory.
Kills by Kacsits and Leary set the score 3-2 in favor of the Buckeyes in set three, but the Badgers locked the score at 7-7. The two squads battled throughout the middle of the set before a 4-0 Wisconsin run led to a 20-16 lead for the home squad. The Badgers finished the set on a 5-1 run to win, 25-19.
Ohio State took a 7-3 advantage to kick off the final set highlighted by four kills from Hole. Back-to-back kills by Hole set the score 14-10 to force a Badger timeout and a kill by Booth pushed the Buckeyes up 19-13. Two straight Ohio State attack errors brought Wisconsin within three at 21-18, but the Buckeyes finished with kills from Hole and Leary to win 25-20.
Ohio State continues its road swing, traveling to Illinois and Northwestern, Oct. 5-6. The Buckeyes and the Illini square off at 8 p.m. ET in Champaign Friday. Ohio State concludes the weekend with an 8 p.m. ET match vs. the Wildcats in Evanston Saturday.
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