No. 22 OSU Loses Five-set Match at Northwestern

Go Buckeyes! Mari Hole had 20 kills and 20 digs in the 3-2 loss at Northwestern
Go Buckeyes!
Mari Hole had 20 kills and 20 digs in the 3-2 loss at Northwestern
Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 11, 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 22nd-ranked Ohio State (17-11 overall, 7-8 Big Ten) women's volleyball team lost a 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-27, 15-13) decision at Northwestern (15-11, 6-9) Friday night in Welsh-Ryan Arena. OSU's Mari Hole posted a team-high 23.5 points with 20 kills (.224), one ace serve, one solo block and three assist blocks. Emily Danks added 17.5 points with 14 kills (.113), a solo block and five assist blocks. Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus recorded a match-high 26 points with 25 kills (.258) and one solo block. Wildcat Yewande Akanbi added 15.5 points with 13 kills (.143), one solo block and three assist blocks.

Set one saw 13 ties and nine lead changes. Tied at 19, a kill from Danks gave Ohio State a 20-19 lead. Wildcat kills from Kathryn Chrystal and Hannah Crippen and two OSU errors gave Northwestern a 23-20 lead. A Wildcat error made it 23-21. A Holthus solo block made it set point for Northwestern at 24-21. A kill from Hole stopped the set point at 24-22. Northwestern won the set, 25-22, with a Katie Dutchman kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Wildcats hit .182 for the set to .048 for the Buckeyes.

Set two opened with a Hole-Mariah Booth block and a kill from Hole for a 2-0 OSU lead. After a Chrystal kill, a Wildcat error, a Hole ace serve and kills from Danks and Booth gave Ohio State a 6-1 lead. Northwestern cut the lead to 12-10 and with kills from Crippen and Holthus tied the set at 12. At 16-all, kills from Kelli Barhorst and Hole, a Hole-Barhorst block and another Hole kill opened a 20-16 Buckeye lead. At 22-19, a kill and solo block from Hole gave OSU set point at 24-19. Two Buckeye errors cut the lead to 24-21. Ohio State, with a kill from Hole, won the set, 25-21, to tie the match at one set each. The Buckeyes hit .457 for the set to .294 for the Wildcats.

Northwestern trailed in set three, 9-8 when an Akanbi kill tied the set at nine. A Dutchman ace serve and an OSU error gave the Wildcats an 11-9 lead. Northwestern held the lead to reach set point at 24-19 off an OSU error. OSU stopped three set points with two kills from Hole and one from Booth to cut the lead to 24-22. The Wildcats, with an Akanbi kill, won the set, 25-22, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Northwestern hit .295 for the set to .130 for Ohio State.

In a close fourth set that had 11 ties and six lead changes, the Buckeyes overcame an 18-16 Northwestern lead with a five point scoring run to take a 21-18 lead. The run included a Wildcat error, three kills from Kaitlyn Leary and a Barhorst-Danks block. A Madalyn Shalter kill and an Akanbi-Chrystal block made it 21-20. A Leary kill made it 22-20. Kills from Akanbi and Crippen tied the set at 22. A Buckeye error and a kill from Barhorst made it 23-all. A Holthus kill gave the Wildcats match point at 24-23. Two kills from Hole stopped the match point and gave OSU set point at 25-24. A Holthus kill stopped the Buckeye set point to tie the score at 25-all. A kill from Hole gave OSU a second set point at 26-25. The Buckeyes, with a Northwestern error, won the set, 27-25, to tie the match at two sets each. Ohio State hit .327 for the set to .289 for Northwestern.

Northwestern broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth set with kills from Crippen and Holthus to take a 3-1 lead. OSU trailed, 7-5, when a Wildcat error and a kill from Leary tied the set at seven. Four OSU errors opened an 11-7 Northwestern lead. Kills from Leary and Akanbi made it 12-8. The score moved to 13-9 with kills from Hole and Holthus. An Amanda Peterson-Booth block and a solo block from Booth made it 13-11 Wildcats. Back-to-back assist blocks from Booth and Danks tied the set at 13. Northwestern reached match point at 14-13 with a Holthus kill. The Wildcats, with a Caroline Niedospial ace serve, won the set, 15-13, to win the match, 3-2. For the set, Northwestern hit .040 to .038 for Ohio State.

The Wildcats hit .212 for the match to .207 for Ohio State. OSU had a 70-66 advantage in kills and a 65-62 edge in assists. Shalter posted a match-high 57 assists for the Wildcats with Taylor Sherwin recording 56 for the Buckeyes. Northwestern had a 4-2 edge in ace serves while OSU gave up 10 service errors to seven for Northwestern. Defensively, the Wildcats had a 79-73 advantage in digs. Northwestern's Julie Chin posted a match-high 29 digs while OSU's Hole had a team-high 20 for Ohio State. At the net, the Buckeyes had a 13-10 edge in team blocks. OSU's Booth had a match-high seven blocks with a solo and six assists while Dutchman recorded a team-high six for Northwestern with a solo and five assists.

Ohio State continues on the road Saturday with a 7 p.m. CST match at seventh-ranked Illinois (23-3, 12-3).

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