Buckeyes Notch 3-0 Sweep of Hoosiers, 3-0
Freshmen Taylor Sandbothe and Kylie Randall
Nov. 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's volleyball opened the weekend with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) win over Indiana Friday night in St. John Arena. The win snapped an eight-match losing skid and brought the Buckeyes to 15-10 overall and 3-10 in the Big Ten.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary led the squad with 19 kills and a .500 (19-1-36) attack percentage, while freshman Taylor Sandbothe finished with 14 kills and two blocks. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits chipped in five kills on seven attempts for a career-best .714 attack percentage. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin had 30 assists and senior Julianne Mandolfo finished with eight digs and a season-best four service aces.
Morgan Leach had seven kills for the Hoosiers (10-15, 1-12), while Allison Hammond had six. Awele Nwaeze totaled five kills and two blocks and libero Caitlin Hansen had eight digs.
A pair of three-point runs led to a 7-4 Ohio State advantage to start the first. The Hoosiers came back to tie the set at 12 before a kill from Sandbothe triggered a 4-0 Buckeye rally for a 16-12 lead. Another kill from Sandbothe and a pair of Indiana errors brought the score to 23-18 and the Buckeyes sealed the set with a 25-19 win.
Ohio State opened the second with a 6-2 run highlighted by a pair of kills from Leary and a service ace by Mandolfo. Indiana responded with a rally to tie the set at nine apiece before a Sandbothe/ Katie Mitchell block pushed the Buckeyes up 12-10. Tied at 15, a kill from Kylie Randall sent the Buckeyes on a 9-1 run to earn set point at 24-16. Ohio State captured the set with a 25-18 victory.
The Hoosiers held a slight one-point lead to start set three before a kill from Leary tied the set at nine and four more Buckeye points led to a 13-9 OSU advantage. Another kill by Leary ignited a 4-0 run for a 20-12 lead, but Indiana responded with a six-point rally to cut the Buckeye lead at 23-19. A Hoosier error gave the Buckeyes match point and a Sandbothe kill secured a 25-20 win.
Ohio State returns to St. John Arena Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET match against No. 14 Purdue. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Ohio State students are free with a valid Buck-ID.