Ohio State Bested at No. 14 Michigan State, 3-0
Nov. 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-17) match at No. 14 Michigan State Friday night in Jenison Field House. The loss moved the Buckeyes to 14-9 overall and 2-9 in the Big Ten.
Freshman Kylie Randall led the Buckeyes with 11 kills and a solid .524 (11-0-14) attack percentage. Senior Kaitlyn Leary finished with 10 kills, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe added nine kills and three blocks. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin notched her sixth double-double of the season with 33 assists and 11 digs. Seniors Julianne Mandolfo and Davionna DiSalvatore added 15 and 11 digs, respectively.
Lauren Wicinski led Michigan State (18-5, 7-4 Big Ten) with 14 kills and two blocks. Libero Kori Moster finished with 15 digs and Alexis Mathews totaled eight blocks (1s, 7a) with eight kills for the Spartans. Taylor Galloway chipped in 13 digs, while Chloe Reinig had seven kills.
The Spartans took an early 6-3 advantage to open set one and pushed ahead for an 11-5 lead to force a Buckeye timeout. A 6-0 MSU run gave the home squad an 18-11 lead, but a kill from Erin Sekinger sent Ohio State on a 6-2 rally to cut the Spartan lead to three at 20-17. A Randall kill brought the Buckeyes within two at 22-20, but MSU closed out the set with a 25-21 win.
Michigan State took another large lead to start the second, pushing the Buckeyes to take a timeout down 8-3. Another Spartan run led to a 15-8 advantage and the home squad cruised to a 20-13 lead. Ohio State was not through as a kill from Sandbothe triggered a 7-1 rally to cut the Spartan lead at 21-20. A pair of kills from Randall tied the set at 23, but MSU held on to win 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Kills from Leary and Sekinger gave the Buckeyes a quick 3-1 lead to start the third and a pair of kills by Randall pushed Ohio State ahead at 10-7. The Spartans, however, responded with a five-point run to take their first lead of the set at 14-11. Another 5-0 Michigan State run led to a 19-13 lead and the Spartans captured the set with a 25-17 win.
Ohio State returns to action Saturday with a 7 p.m. ET match at No. 17 Michigan in Cliff Keen Arena.