COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 19 Ohio State University women's volleyball team got back to its winning ways with a dominating effort over Iowa, outscoring the Hawkeyes by 29 points in three sets (25-15, 25-22, 25-9). The Buckeyes spoiled Iowa's best start since 1988 (entering at 14-4 and 5-2 in conference play) handing the Hawkeyes a fifth loss while improving to 13-7 overall (3-5 Big Ten) themselves.
A balanced offensive attack led to Ohio State attacking .384 as a team with four different Buckeyes recording seven or more kills. Taylor Sandbothe paced the squad terminating 11 kills at a .476 attacking clip. Audra Appold bounced 10 kills while hitting .316 to go along with seven kills apiece for Taylor Hughes (.500 attacking) and Madison Smeathers (.700 attacking). Ohio State created offense from the service stripe as well, totaling eight aces with half coming in quick fashion on four Luisa Schirmer aces during a five-point span building an early third-set edge.
Defensive contributions also came from a plethora of players. Valeria León continued to close in on the Ohio State career digs record, moving to within 20 more of overcoming Stacey Gordon (1,572 digs; 2001-04) for the top spot in Buckeye lore. Eight additional Buckeyes dug at least ball.
SET 1: Ohio State jumped ahead early and often to open the evening. The first set began as Ohio State seized five of the first six points to force a Hawkeye timeout and ended on an Iowa service error to conclude 25-15. The gap stretched to as many as a dozen at 18-6 and 20-8.
SET 2: Iowa flipped the script a bit in set number two, owners of a 15-11 advantage midway through. The next four rallies went in favor of the Scarlet & Gray, however, to even the ledger, 15-all. Ohio State continued the comeback en route to a 21-17 lead, resulting in Iowa's second timeout in the last five points. The Buckeyes would hold on for a 25-22 winner.
SET 3: Things then got ugly in the third. Ohio State raced ahead 10-2 before a short Hawkeye counter caused an OSU timeout at 13-7. An eight-point run followed for the Buckeyes, fueled by superb service by Camry Halm, to put it out of reach at 21-8. The ultimate clinching score washed out at 25-9.
Ohio State flies to Happy Valley next for a midweek contest at Penn State on Wednesday (Oct. 19) at 8 p.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network.
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