COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With a team-high 30 assists, setter Taylor Hughes became the eighth player in Ohio State history to record 3,000 career helpers as the Buckeyes dropped a straight set decision (25-16, 25-17, 25-22) to No. 17 Purdue on Friday night at St. John Arena. The loss puts the Scarlet & Gray at 11-11 overall and 4-7 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers improve to 17-5 (7-4 B1G).
The two teams split this season's home-and home series, getting wins in each other's arenas.
Hughes now has 3,026 career helpers and has recorded double-digit assists in every match this season. Luisa Schirmer had 12 kills and six digs on the evening. Madison Smeathers, Lauren Witte and Ashley Wenz tallied six kills apiece. Ana Beatriz Franklin tied her career mark with nine digs while Hannah Gruensfelder scooped seven.
SET 1: Hughes had it going from the jump with 10 assists in the opening frame. Schirmer connected on 5-of-8 swings with one error for a .500 clip on the outside. The Buckeyes managed to cut Purdue’s lead to four, 17-13, but a 8-3 run concluded the set, 25-16.
SET 2: Ohio State struggled offensively in the second, recording 10 kills and as many errors. A 7-1 spurt early on pushed the Boilermakers ahead for good en route to the 25-17 winner.
SET 3: The Buckeyes sent Purdue to its bench after getting out to a 13-10 lead in the third. The 11th tie of the night came at 19-19 and the visitors pulled away for a 25-22 decisive factor.
Next up, Ohio State concludes its four-match homestand against Indiana at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
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