BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Audra Appold and Taylor Sandbothe each had 21-point efforts spoiled in No. 22 Ohio State’s four-set road defeat at Indiana (25-22, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23). Appold buried 19 kills attacking .297 while Sandbothe swung .483 to rack up 18 kills on 29 swings (four errors). Both Buckeye standouts recorded four block assists and Sandbothe added a solo stuff.
The Buckeyes (15-11, 5-9 Big Ten) totaled 10 blocks as a team and out-dug the Hoosiers 30-to-27. Indiana (16-11, 5-9 Big Ten) attacked at slightly higher tick, however, posting a .268 efficiency compared to .250 for Ohio State. Freshman Madison Smeathers, playing in her home state, terminating five kills on eight attempts and matched Sandbothe with a team-high five rejections.
SET 1: The first 14 rallies of the night were split down the middle, seven points each way. Indiana then snagged six of the next seven tallies though to separate from the Buckeyes, 13-8. After the gap stretched to a half dozen at 18-12, Ohio State closed back to within a pair at 18-16 on the strength of four consecutive winners. The two-point margin extended to 21-19 before IU regrouped to go ahead 25-22.
SET 2: Taylor Hughes sent a boatload of balls in the direction of her classmate, Appold, resulting in a whopping 20 attempts. Appold bounced half of those swings, including her 10th kill to even the score at 22-22. She teamed up with Smeathers to end the next rally with a block, forcing a Hoosier timeout. Indiana responded to the break in action, ripping off three straight to steal the set, 25-23.
SET 3: Ohio State emerged from intermission with an 8-0 jolt. Kalisha Goree camped out at the service line throughout the run, serving the Hoosiers out of system numerous times. Sandbothe cranked out six kills as the Buckeyes rolled to a 25-17 triumph.
SET 4: Set number four proved to be the most tightly-contested, witnessing 10 tied scores and four lead changes. The final swap came on a three-point IU run erasing a 22-21 deficit to jump on top 24-22. Three rallies later and it was in the books for the Hoosiers, 25-23.
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