No. 24 Buckeyes Fall to No. 13 Nebraska, 3-1
Oct. 25, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 24 Ohio State women's volleyball team capped the first half of the Big Ten season Friday night and fell to No. 13 Nebraska, 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-19), in St. John Arena.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 12 kills, while freshman Kylie Randall added nine. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits led the team with four blocks (2s, 2a) and chipped in eight kills and three digs. Senior Julianne Mandolfo had 10 digs to lead the Buckeye defense.
Kelsey Robinson led the Huskers (15-4, 8-2) with 19 kills and 10 digs, while Meghan Haggerty totaled 10 kills and five blocks. Kadie Rolfzen added 16 kills and Justine Wong-Orantes had 15 digs. Setter Mary Pollmiller finished with 53 assists and 11 digs for Nebraska.
The Buckeyes (14-8, 2-8) jumped ahead with a four-point run highlighted by a Davionna DiSalvatore service ace to go up 8-5 in the first set. The Buckeyes continued to maintain a steady lead until a Husker run forced an Ohio State timeout with the Scarlet and Gray ahead at 18-17. Following a Buckeye timeout, a kill from Randall captured the first set for Ohio State, 25-22.
A kill from Leary stopped a Nebraska run at the 6-3 mark of the second set. Coming out of an Ohio State timeout, Valeria León notched a service ace down 11-4. Nebraska closed out the second set on an 8-3 run to tie the match at 1-1 heading into intermission, 25-12.
The Buckeyes and Huskers exchanged points to start the third set, with Leary tallying a kill to tie the match at three. A Nebraska surge forced a Buckeye timeout at the 11-6 mark. Taylor Sandbothe notched a kill to bring the Buckeyes within six at 21-15, but Nebraska claimed the third set, 25-17.
DiSalvatore picked her second ace of the match to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead to start the fourth set. A four-point Husker run pushed the visitors ahead at 8-6 and a 3-0 Nebraska run gave the Huskers a 13-9 advantage. Ohio State battled back to cut the Husker lead to one at 20-19, but Nebraska closed out the match on a five-point run to win 25-19.
The second half of the 2013 Big Ten schedule kicks off Oct. 1-2 with the Buckeyes traveling to nationally-ranked Michigan State and Michigan. Ohio State and the Spartans face off Oct. 1 at 7 in East Lansing and close out the weekend in Ann Arbor with a 7 p.m. ET match against the Wolverines.
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