Nov. 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team kicked off its Big Ten weekend with a 3-1 win (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 30-28) against rival Wisconsin Friday night in St. John Arena. The victory marked head coach Geoff Carlston's 100th win with the Buckeyes.
Junior Davionna DiSalvatore recorded a new career-high with 31 digs in the match, while Big Ten setter of the week Amanda Peterson ended with .800 kill percentage (9-1-10). Peterson added 37 assists in the match.
Senior Mari Hole totaled 15 kills and 12 digs for her 12th double-double of the season. Junior Kaitlyn Leary finished 14 kills, while senior Emily Danks had 12 kills. Freshman Andrea Kacsits added five kills and team-best five blocks.
Julie Mikaelsen totaled 13 kills, while Alexis Mitchell finished with 10 kills and two blocks for Wisconsin (16-10, 4-9). Courtney Thomas had a match-high 38 assists and libero Annmarie Hickey had 19 digs.
The Buckeyes (18-7, 9-4) jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in set one highlighted by kills from Hole, Leary and Danks. A kill by Hole sparked an 8-3 run to give the Buckeyes a 15-11 advantage over the Badgers. Ohio State maintained the lead throughout the entire set, ending with a kill by Peterson, 25-16.
After leading the Badgers 5-4 in set two, the Buckeyes went on a 12-3 run to lead Wisconsin 17-7. Back-to-back kills by Leary and Peterson pushed Ohio State to a 23-13 lead. A kill by Booth elevated the Buckeyes over the Badgers, 25-15, in set two to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set three saw the teams battle back and forth for a lead. At the 8-8 mark, momentum switched to the Badgers as they went on a 7-3 run to lead the Buckeyes 15-10. A kill by Peterson followed by a kill by Leary closed the gap to 15-13. A kill by Wisconsin's Mikaelsen gave the Badgers match point at 24-18. A kill by Danks triggered a 6-0 run under match point highlighted by a DiSalvatore service ace and kills from Peterson and Leary. Wisconsin took the set on a DiSalvatore service error, 23-25.
The Badger momentum carried over into the beginning of the fourth as they jumped out to an early 9-3 lead. A kill by Kacsits brought the Buckeyes back to within one at 12-11 before the Buckeyes took a 13-12 lead after two Wisconsin attack errors. It continued to be a tough battle as the teams exchanged points back and forth throughout the rest of the set with no team gaining a clear advantage. The Badgers took a 24-23 lead, but the Buckeyes continued to battle back with a kill by Hole. Ohio State rallied back from five Wisconsin match points before clinching the fourth set and match off a kill by Peterson, 30-28.
The Buckeyes will host No. 10 Minnesota Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Those attending Saturday's football game can redeem that ticket for a $2 general admission ticket Sunday vs. Minnesota. Ohio State students are free with valid Buck-ID.