No. 12 Buckeyes Drop 3-0 Decision at No. 24 Purdue
Oct. 4, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 12 Ohio State women's volleyball team hit the road for the first time in Big Ten play and fell to No. 24 Purdue, 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-21), Friday night in West Lafayette. The Buckeyes dropped to 13-2 on the season and 1-2 in the conference with the loss.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with a match-high 15 kills and added two block assists for the Buckeyes. Freshman Taylor Sandbothe and sophomore Katie Mitchell totaled six kills, while senior Julianne Mandolfo had a team-best 11 digs.
Val Nichol led the Boilermakers (10-4, 1-2) with 10 kills and chipped in 15 assists with five block assists. KiKi Jones led all student-athletes with eight blocks and libero Carly Cramer finished with 14 digs.
Tied at three in the first set, a kill from Sandbothe and a Boilermaker error gave the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead. The teams battled back and forth until a 3-1 Purdue run pushed the home squad ahead at 13-11. Both squads exchanged two-point rallies before the Boilermakers took their largest lead at 19-16 to force a Buckeye timeout. A service ace from Valeria León followed by kills from Leary and Sandbothe locked the set at 20, but after a series of point exchanges, the Boilermakers held on for a 25-23 win.
Purdue jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead to start the second before kills from Andrea Kacsits and Erin Sekinger helped cut the Boilermaker lead to two at 5-3. The home team pushed ahead again at 9-4 and moved up 15-7. The Boilermakers closed out the set on a 6-1 run to take it 25-15.
Three kills from Leary gave Ohio State a 3-2 lead to open the third. Purdue used a three-point run to go ahead at 6-4 and put together another 3-0 rally for an 11-7 advantage to force a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State began to chip away at the Purdue lead and a kill from Leary brought the Buckeyes within a point at 13-12 before Purdue pushed ahead at 16-12. Boilermaker errors cut their lead to 22-21, but Purdue finished the match on a three-point run to win 25-21.
The Buckeyes return to the court Saturday, traveling to Bloomington, Ind., for a 7 p.m. ET match vs. Indiana at University Gym.