Buckeyes Suffer 3-2 Heartbreak at No. 17 Michigan
Nov. 2, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Ohio State women's volleyball team suffered a 3-2 (25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 7-15) loss at No. 17 Michigan Saturday night in Cliff Keen Arena. Senior Kaitlyn Leary notched a career-high with 31 kills for the Buckeyes (14-10, 2-10 Big Ten).
Leary added 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Senior Julianne Mandolfo totaled 24 digs, while freshman Valeria León chipped in 11. Freshman Kylie Randall had 10 kills and classmate Taylor Sandbothe finished with nine kills and six blocks (2s, 4a).
Lexi Erwin and Molly Toon had 16 kills each for Michigan (15-8, 5-7 Big Ten). Jennifer Cross added 12 kills and six blocks, while Abby Cole finished with 10 kills and eight blocks. Krystalyn Goode also had eight blocks for the Wolverines.
Kills from Randall and Andrea Kacsits gave the Buckeyes an early 7-5 lead to start the first and a pair of kills from Leary followed by a Davionna DiSalvatore ace forced a Michigan timeout at 10-6. Ohio State put together a 7-1 run to take a 19-10 advantage before the Wolverines began to inch back. The home squad cut the Buckeye lead to three at 23-20, but kills from Leary and Katie Mitchell sealed the 25-20 set win.
A Leary/Sandbothe block and a Sandbothe kill pushed the Buckeyes in front 5-3 in set two before a 10-3 Wolverine run gave the home team a 14-10 advantage. Ohio State responded and tied the set at 14, but Michigan pressed ahead for a 19-17 lead to force a Buckeye timeout. The Scarlet and Gray came out firing and used an 8-3 run to win the set, 25-22.
Tied at six in the third, Michigan put together a 6-1 run to take a 12-7 advantage. The Wolverines moved at 19-13, but a solo block from Sandbothe sent the Buckeyes on a 4-0 run to cut the Michigan lead to two at 19-17. The Maize and Blue reached set point at 24-20 and went on to take the set, 25-22.
Kills from Leary led to a quick 2-0 lead to start set four, but the Wolverines responded with a run to go up 8-6. The Buckeyes battled back to regain the lead at 12-10 before Michigan used a 4-0 run for a 16-13 advantage. Another Wolverine rally set the score 22-16 and the home team forced a fifth set with a 25-19 win.
The Wolverines jumped out to a fast 7-1 advantage to open the fifth and went on to take a 10-2 lead. A pair of Erin Sekinger kills stalled Michigan, but the home team captured the match with a 15-7 victory.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena for a pair of Big Ten matches. The Buckeyes will face Indiana Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. ET. The squad will conclude the weekend with another 7 p.m. ET match, hosting nationally-ranked Purdue. Admission for any Ohio State match is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID.