No. 15 Ohio State Survives Northwestern, 3-1
Nov. 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team held on for a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20) win over Northwestern Wednesday night in St. John Arena to improve to 19-8 overall and 10-5 in the Big Ten.
Senior Mari Hole notched her 14th double-double of the year, having a team-best 19 kills with 13 digs. Hole added a service ace and a solo block in the win. Senior Mariah Booth and junior Kaitlyn Leary each had 10 kills for Ohio State, while sophomore Anna Faul and senior Emily Danks had five apiece.
Defensively, the Buckeyes finished with 15 team blocks highlighted by Faul's seven. The Parker, Colo., product totaled a career-best four solo blocks with three block assists. Booth, Danks and senior Amanda Peterson had four each, while Leary added two solo blocks in the win. Juniors Davionna DiSalvatore and Julianne Mandolfo notched 20 and 11 digs, respectively.
Stephanie Holthus led Northwestern (15-11, 4-11 Big Ten) with 20 kills and 10 digs. Setter Madalyn Shalter had 41 assists and libero Julie Chin finished with 10 digs for the Wildcats.
A kill by Faul and back-to-back Northwestern attack errors led to a 3-1 Buckeye lead to open set one. A kill and service ace by Danks led to a 4-0 Ohio State run to give the home squad an 18-10 advantage. A Booth kill set the score 21-13 and the team sealed the set on a kill by Leary, 25-17.
Down early at 4-3 in the second, a Peterson kill sent Ohio State on a five-point run for an 8-4 lead. A 4-1 rally pushed the Buckeyes to a 12-6 advantage and a kill by Booth gave Ohio State a 16-9 lead. The Wildcats battled back with a 4-1 run to cut the Buckeye lead to four at 17-13. Ohio State held on to its lead and a service ace by Hole gave the Buckeyes set point at 24-17. However, Northwestern wasn't done and the Wildcats closed out the set on a 10-1 run to win, 27-25.
After taking a 3-0 lead to kick off set three, the Buckeyes found themselves battling from behind after an 8-2 Northwestern run gave the Wildcats an 8-5 lead. Ohio State came back and took a 12-10 advantage, but Northwestern was able to lock the set at 14-14. The two teams battled back and forth until a kill by Booth and a Wildcat error pushed the Buckeyes up, 19-17. A Danks/Faul block set the score 22-20 and a Northwestern service error gave Ohio State set point at 24-22. The squad captured the set on a Booth kill, 25-23.
The final set started as the third with Ohio State finding itself behind early, 6-3. A kill by Danks and back-to-back kills by Leary cut the NU lead to one at 8-7 and a pair of kills from Hole moved the Buckeyes ahead, 10-9. Tied at 13, two-straight Buckeye blocks and a kill by Leary gave Ohio State a 16-13 advantage. A Leary kill triggered a three-point Buckeye run for a 23-20 lead and Ohio State was able to hold on for a 25-20 win.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET match vs. Illinois. Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring two canned goods in exchange for a discounted $2 ticket at the door. For more information, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com.