No. 14 Ohio State Falls in 3-2 Heartbreaker to No. 19 Wisconsin
Oct. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14 Ohio State women's volleyball team fell to No. 19 Wisconsin, 3-2 (20-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10), Friday night in St. John Arena. The loss dropped the Buckeyes to 14-3 on the season and 2-3 in Big Ten play, while the Badgers improved to 15-2 and 4-1 in the league
Junior setter Taylor Sherwin picked up her fourth double-double of the season, having 46 assists and 12 digs. Seniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo finished with 18 and 14 digs, respectively. Freshman Taylor Sandbothe led the Buckeyes with 18.5 points in the match, notching 13 kills and seven blocks (2s, 5a). Senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 17 kills and freshman Kylie Randall added 12.
Courtney Thomas finished with a match-high 19 kills for Wisconsin and added 12 digs. Libero Annemarie Hickey had 20 digs and setter Lauren Carlini totaled 40 assists and 10 digs. Deme Morales chipped in 10 kills and 11 digs for the Badgers.
Down 3-0 early in set one, kills from Leary and Sandbothe locked the set at three apiece. Tied at nine, a kill from Andrea Kacsits followed by an Erin Sekinger /Kacsits block pushed the Buckeyes ahead at 11-9. A pair of Ohio State kills and a Sandbothe ace led to a 17-13 advantage to force a Wisconsin timeout. Kills from Randall and Leary put the Buckeyes up 21-17 and a Randall kill sealed a 25-20 Ohio State set win.
Wisconsin grabbed a quick 5-0 lead to open the second and held on to that margin in throughout the first half of the set. The Buckeyes began to inch back as a kill from Kacsits triggered a four-point Buckeye rally to come within two at 13-11 Wisconsin. The Badgers utilized Buckeye errors to push ahead 21-14 before big Sekinger/Kacsits block triggered a 7-2 run to tie the set at 24 apiece. Wisconsin, however, held on to take a 26-24 win.
A trio of three-point rallies led to an early 12-7 Badger lead in set three. Coming out of a timeout, the Buckeyes responded with a 6-1 run to tie the set at 13 apiece and Ohio State took its first lead of the set at 15-14 on a kill from Randall. Three-straight Buckeye kills led to an 18-16 advantage and Wisconsin errors gave Ohio State a 20-17 lead. The Badgers battled back to tie the set at 22, but a pair of kills from Sandbothe and a Valeria León service ace wrapped a 25-23 Buckeye win.
Wisconsin blockers pushed the team ahead early in set four at 4-2. Buckeye errors led to a 10-7 Badger lead and the visitors forged ahead by as much as six at 20-14. Kills from Sekinger and Leary brought Ohio State within four at 23-19 and a Sandbothe kill followed by a Sandbothe/Leary block stalled Wisconsin's set point before the Badgers forced a fifth set with a 25-21 victory.
The Buckeyes fell behind early in the final set as Wisconsin took a 5-1 advantage. Back-to-back Badger service aces forced an Ohio State timeout at 10-5 and Wisconsin captured the match with a 15-10 fifth set win.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET match against No. 11 Minnesota. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID.