No. 14 Buckeyes Fall in Three to No. 11 Minnesota
Oct. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14 Ohio State women's volleyball team fell to No. 11 Minnesota Saturday night in St. John Arena, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19). The Buckeyes dropped to 14-4 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 10 kills for the Buckeyes, while junior Erin Sekinger chipped in seven kills and two blocks. Freshman Taylor Sandbothe had four blocks and six kills overall. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin notched 21 assists and 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Senior Julianne Mandolfo led the squad with 11 digs.
The Golden Gophers (16-3, 4-2) were led by Tori Dixon with 12 kills and Sarah Wilhite with 10. Dixon finished with seven blocks and Sydney Howard added five. Ashley Wittman totaled 12 digs for Minnesota.
The Gophers grabbed a quick 5-1 lead to start the first before kills from Leary and Sherwin cut the margin at 5-3. Kills by Sekinger and Leary brought the Buckeyes within three at 13-10, but another Minnesota run lifted the visitors to a 16-10 advantage. The Gophers pushed ahead at 20-13 and took the set, 25-16.
Kills from Sekinger and Sandbothe gave the Buckeyes a quick 2-0 lead in the second before the Gopher blockers lifted Minnesota to a 3-2 lead. Ohio State battled back will kills from Leary and a service ace by Valeria León and a kill by Kylie Randall tied the set at 14 apiece. Minnesota, however, responded with another big run and closed out the set with a 25-17 win.
The Buckeyes grabbed a 4-2 lead in the third off of kills from Sandbothe and Sekinger and a Sandbothe/Leary block. The Gophers came back with a run to go ahead 6-4. An Andrea Kacsits kill and a Sekinger/Sandbothe block cut the Minnesota lead to 12-11, but the Gophers utilized solid attacking and went on a 7-0 run for a 19-11 lead. Minnesota went on to take the match, 25-19.
Ohio State travels to Evanston, Ill., Oct. 16, for a mid-week match at Northwestern. The Buckeyes and the Wildcats face off at 8 p.m. ET live on BTN. Ohio State then heads to Illinois, Oct. 20, for a 3 p.m. ET match against the Illini.
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