COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It was a heartbreaker in St. John Arena as the Ohio State women's volleyball team dropped a five-set thriller (25-13, 23-25, 28-30, 25-9, 15-7) to Big Ten foe No. 3 Penn State Friday night. The loss moved the Buckeyes to 9-7 (2-3 B1G) and the Nittany Lions improved to 14-1 (4-1 B1G).
Luisa Schirmer had 18 kills and nine digs in the outing. Ana Beatriz Franklin chipped in 10 kills and nine digs, both of which are new career highs. Taylor Hughes added a match-best 50 assists, her second time this season with at least as many. Hannah Gruensfelder notched 19 digs. Ashley Wenz (9), Ayanna Swan (8) and Lauren Witte (8) also tallied kills for the Buckeyes.
Set 1: Penn State started fast to take an 8-3 lead over the Buckeyes. Ohio State pulled to within four points at the 12-8 mark, but the Nittany Lions finished strong and won the set, 25-13.
Set 2: The two teams exchanged points to open the stanza until the Buckeyes took a slight 11-8 edge. PSU made a push to tie the set at 23 apiece but a pair of errors by the visitors closed the set in OSU’s favor, 25-23.
Set 3: The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions had the arena rocking with a heart-stopping third set as the two teams locked the score 12 times. After falling behind early, the Scarlet & Gray used a 4-0 run to go ahead 20-16 and send Penn State to its bench. Back on the floor, the Nittany Lions had five straight points for a 24-22 edge. The set was knotted five more times until a kill from Wenz and Hughes-Wenz block gave Ohio State the victory, 30-28.
Set 4-5: Penn State led for the majority of set number four (25-9) and the entirety of the fifth. Despite a 3-0-3 attacking stat line for Franklin, the Buckeyes fell 15-7 to end the match.
The Buckeyes have a quick turnaround as they prepare to host Rutgers Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.
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