Oct. 20, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 20 Ohio State women's volleyball team got back on the winning track after topping Michigan State in a crucial Big Ten match, 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22), Saturday in East Lansing. Ohio State improved to 15-7 and 6-4 in the conference with the victory.
Senior Mari Hole notched her 11th double-double of the season after finishing with 21 kills and 16 digs in the match. Senior Emily Danks totaled 14 kills and added a season-high 12 digs with four blocks (1s, 3a). Junior Kaitlyn Leary was the third Buckeye with double-digit kills, having 15 in the match with a .481 attack percentage.
Juniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo paced the Buckeye defense, having 16 and 15 digs, respectively. Senior middle blocker Mariah Booth had a match-high five blocks (3s, 2a), while freshman Andrea Kacsits added three (1s, 2a).
The Spartans (16-6, 4-6) were led by Lauren Wicinski with 29 kills and four service aces. Kori Moster had 17 digs, while Taylor Galloway finished with 13. Alexis Mathews had a team-high three blocks on the night.
Michigan State took a 6-2 advantage in the first set before kills by Hole and Danks brought the Buckeyes within two, 9-7 MSU. A kill and a solo block by Booth tied the set at 16 apiece and back-to-back Spartan errors gave Ohio State its first lead at 22-21. Back-to-back kills gave MSU set point at 24-23 and the home squad held for a 26-24 set win.
A 7-1 Ohio State run led to a 9-3 Buckeye advantage to start the second set. Kills by Hole and Booth made the score 13-6 Buckeyes and another two-point run gave Ohio State an 18-10 lead. The Spartans inched their way back into the set and stopped three of Ohio State's set points to make the score 24-22. However, a kill by Danks sealed the 25-22 set win and the two teams locked the match at one set apiece heading into intermission.
After falling behind early at 5-2 in the third, the Buckeyes responded to tie the score at six on kills by Leary and Danks and a MSU attack error. Three-straight Spartan errors gave Ohio State a 14-12 advantage, but the home squad fought back to lock the score at 15-all. A five-point Buckeye rally set the score at 23-18 and kills by Booth and Danks gave Ohio State a 25-23 win.
A pair of Taylor Sherwin aces and a kill by Hole led to a 3-0 Buckeye lead in set four, but the Spartans tied it up at six apiece. The two squads battled back and forth throughout the set until a 4-1 Ohio State run led to a 15-13 lead. A 3-0 Buckeye run set the score 22-17 in favor of Ohio State, the Spartans responded with a five-point run to tie it at 22-all. A kill by Danks and back-to-back Booth/Danks blocks gave Ohio State a 25-22 win to take the match.
The Buckeyes kicks off the second half of the Big Ten season next weekend as the team travels to nationally-ranked Nebraska and Iowa, Oct. 26-27. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers face off at 8 p.m. ET Friday, while Ohio State and the Hawkeyes compete Saturday in another 8 p.m. ET match.