Sept. 30, 2011
Minnesota Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 24th-ranked Ohio State (12-4 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) women's volleyball team won a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 28-26) victory over 10th-ranked Minnesota (8-4, 1-2) Friday night in front of 1,575 fans in St. John Arena. Buckeye Mari Hole posted a team-high 17 points with 16 kills (.467) and one ace serve. Emily Danks added 10.5 points with seven kills (.300), three ace serves and one assist block with Mariah Booth contributing 10 points with nine kills (.500) and two assist blocks. Minnesota's Ashley Wittman recorded a match-high 18.5 points with 18 kills (.295) and one assist block. Katherine Harms added 12 points with 10 kills (.231) and four assist blocks and 10 from Ariana Filho with four kills (.333), two ace serves, two solo blocks and four assist blocks.
Set one saw nine ties and five lead changes. At 11-all, a Tori Dixon-Wittman block and a Hailey Cowles kill made it 13-11 Gophers. A kill from Danks made it 13-12. A Wittman kill and a Filho solo block made it a three-point lead at 15-12. Minnesota expanded the lead to five at 18-13 before a Gopher error, an ace serve from Danks and kills from Kaitlyn Leary and Amanda Peterson cut the margin to one at 18-17. At 20-19, a Gopher error tied the set at 20. A kill from Harms made it 21-20 Minnesota. OSU tied the set at 21 with a kill from Hole. The Gophers took a 22-21 lead with a Cowles kill. Hole again countered with a kill to tie the set at 22. A kill from Booth gave Ohio State a 23-22 lead as Minnesota called time out. A Gopher error gave OSU set point at 24-22. A Wittman kill stopped the point at 24-23. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-23, off a Minnesota error to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Gophers hit .233 for the set to .216 for OSU.
Set two saw Minnesota lead 4-2 when a Leary kill and an ace serve from Danks tied the set at four. Behind the serving of Danks, the Buckeyes would score the next seven points starting with a Gopher error, an ace serve from Danks and a kill from Hole forcing a Minnesota time out at 7-4. The run continued with a Kelli Barhorst kill, a Gopher error and kills from Peterson and Leary to give OSU an 11-4 lead. OSU held the lead and expanded it to 10 points at 23-13 before three OSU errors and kills from Cowles and Wittman cut the margin to five at 23-18.The Buckeyes earned set point at 24-18 with a Leary kill. A kill and an ace serve from Filho stopped two set points to cut the margin to four at 24-20. A Gopher error ended the set at 25-20 to give Ohio State a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .414 for the set to .269 for Minnesota.
Minnesota broke a 2-2 tie in the third set with kills from Cowles and Wittman and a Filho-Harms block for a 5-2 lead. At 10-7, a kill from Hole cut the lead to two at 10-8. A kill from Cowles and two from Wittman made the lead 13-8. At 17-12 a Barhorst kill and a Gopher error made it 17-14. Trailing, 21-18, a kill from Booth and an ace serve from Hole cut the lead to one at 21-20. A Wittman kill made it 22-20. OSU tied the set at 22 with a Booth kill and a Sarah Mignin ace serve. A Wittman kill and a Filho solo block gave Minnesota set point at 24-22. OSU stopped the set point with a Leary kill at 24-23. A Leary-Barhorst block stopped a second set point to tie the set at 24. An OSU error gave Minnesota a third set point at 25-24. OSU stopped the set point with a Barhorst-Peterson block to tie the set at 25. An OSU error gave the Gophers a fourth set point at 26-25. A kill from Hole stopped the set point and tied the set at 26. The Buckeyes earned a match point at 27-26 with a kill from Booth. Ohio State completed the sweep with a 28-26 win in the set with a kill from Hole to win the match, 3-0.
Minnesota outhit Ohio State, .357 to .326 in the set. For the match, Ohio State hit .312 to .269 for Minnesota. The Buckeyes had a 50-47 edge in kills while the Gophers had a 46-44 advantage in assists. Mia Tabberson posted a match-high 45 assists for the Gophers with OSU's Peterson recording 41. Ohio State had a 6-2 advantage in ace serves. OSU's Danks posted a match-high three aces. The Gophers gave up seven service errors to three for OSU. Defensively, Ohio State had a 46-40 margin in digs with OSU's Mignin and Minnesota's Jessica Granquist sharing match-high honors with 14 each. OSU's Host added 11 digs for a double-double with her 16 kills. At the net, the Gophers had an eight to six margin in team blocks. Minnesota's Filho produced a match-high six total blocks with two solos and four assists. OSU's Barhorst and Peterson shared team-high honors with four assist each.
Geoff Carlson, Ohio State head coach
On overall play
"I really liked how our team played. They played with a lot of resiliency. It was an intense match and a very well-played match by both teams. Two of those three sets were really, really close and for our team to come through and play like we did in those moments was a good step for this group."
On the third set
"We were down pretty much the whole time. I'm really proud how our team righted the ship and got our energy and our tempo back and started playing at our level. Minnesota is No. 10 in the country and they've already beat Texas twice which is a solid team and a veteran team, they don't have a freshman on the floor. So for our group to respond when they (Minnesota) came out and played a little better, I was really happy."
On Mary Hole
"She is a huge part of what we do. She was a great leader today, which was the biggest part. She plays well all around and made some big digs and some big swings when we needed them."
Mari Hole, junior outside hitter
On play tonight
"I think we really worked on coming out strong and as a team keeping our energy up throughout the game and I think that really showed tonight. When we had some lows we knew we had each other's back and to play and have fun. "
On coming back in the final set
"Even though we were a couple points behind we knew we could get them. They had some errors and we had some great plays. It's about always being in the game and who is going to win the long rallies and we did that in the end and that's what got us the win."
On competing against Wisconsin on Sunday
"Tomorrow we have to reset. It's a new game, new team. But we will definitely bring the feeling of winning and competing so hard. It will be a tough game, but we just showed everyone that we are a tough team to beat."
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