No. 17 Ohio State Downed at Northwestern, 3-1
Oct. 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 17 Ohio State women's volleyball team dropped a Big Ten road match Wednesday night, falling 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23) at Northwestern in Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Buckeyes moved to 14-5 on the season and 2-5 in conference play with the loss.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary led all attackers with 22 kills and chipped in 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. Senior Julianne Mandolfo finished with 25 digs to lead Ohio State defensively. That mark was the most recorded by the Omaha, Neb., product in a Buckeye uniform. Freshman Taylor Sandbothe had 13 kills and led the Buckeyes with five blocks (1s, 4a).
Kayla Morin led the Wildcats (12-7, 4-3) with 17 kills and 10 digs. Stephanie Holthus finished with 14 kills and 10 digs, while setter Caleigh Ryan dished out 43 assists and had 10 digs. Libero Caroline Niedospial led the team with 20 digs and Katie Dutchman finished with 11 kills.
The teams battled back and forth to start the first with kills from Leary and Sandbothe giving the Buckeyes a 6-5 lead. The Wildcats responded with a 3-0 rally to go ahead at 8-6, but Ohio State came back with more kills from Leary and Sandbothe to take an 11-10 advantage. A 4-1 Northwestern run pushed the home squad ahead at 18-14 and forced a Buckeye timeout at 20-16. The Wildcats went on to take the set, 25-20.
Set two started out like the first with the teams exchanging runs and leads at the open. A kill from Mitchell and a Northwestern error gave the Buckeyes an 8-7 advantage before a Wildcat run put the home team ahead at 12-10. The momentum began to swing Ohio State's way after long rally late in the set saw Ohio State win the point to tie it up at 20. A kill from Mitchell and Wildcat errors gave the Buckeyes a 23-20 lead and a kill from Andrea Kacsits sealed a 25-22 win.
Down 8-6, a kill from Erin Sekinger triggered a 4-0 Buckeye run for a 10-8 lead in set three. The Wildcats responded with a six-point rally to regain the lead at 14-10. Northwestern pushed ahead to a 22-17 advantage and took the set, 25-19.
Kills from Leary and Sekinger gave the Buckeyes a quick 2-0 lead to open the fourth before Northwestern forged ahead to a 6-4 advantage. A four-point Northwestern run put the home team up 16-10, but a kill from Leary sent the Buckeyes on their own 4-0 run to cut the Wildcat lead to two at 16-14. Northwestern reached match point at 24-18 before Wildcat errors brought the Buckeyes within at point at 24-23. A kill from Dutchman, however, sealed the match for Northwestern, 25-23.
Ohio State heads to Illinois, Oct. 20, for a 3 p.m. ET match against the Illini.