Ohio State Falls at No. 11 Minnesota, 3-0
Nov. 15, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Ohio State women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (19-25, 19-25, 15-25) match at No. 11 Minnesota Friday night. The Buckeyes fell to 16-11 on the season and 4-11 in Big Ten play.
Senior Kaitlyn Leary led all student-athletes with 15 kills in the match and added nine digs. Sophomore Andrea Kacsits totaled eight kills on 15 attempts for a .467 attack percentage and finished with five block assists. Junior Taylor Sherwin totaled her seventh double-double of the season, having 26 assists and 11 digs.
Ashley Wittman and Adrianna Nora led the Gophers (23-5, 11-4) with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Wittman added 15 digs, while Daly Santana finished with 14. Middle blocker Tori Dixon had nine kills and teammate Hannah Tapp chipped in seven with a match-high six blocks.
The Gopher offense pushed the squad ahead at 6-3 in set one before the Buckeyes responded with a three-point rally to lock it up at six. Down a point at 13-12, a kill from Taylor Sandbothe triggered a 4-0 Ohio State run to give the visitors a 16-13 advantage and force a Minnesota timeout. The Gophers came back with a 6-1 run for a 19-17 lead and closed out the set on a 6-2 rally to win 25-19.
Kills from Katie Mitchell and Leary gave the Buckeyes a quick 2-0 advantage to open the second. Minnesota battled back to take a 5-4 lead and went ahead 10-5, causing the Buckeyes to take a timeout. Kills by Leary and Kacsits brought the Buckeyes within three at 12-9 and Ohio State was able to cut the Gopher lead at 17-15, but Minnesota used strong blocking to go up 20-15 and the team went on to take the set, 25-19.
Locked at four in the final set, the Gophers used a five-point rally to jump out to a 9-4 advantage. Another big Minnesota run led to a 13-8 lead and the Gophers pushed ahead at 17-11. The home squad went on to win the match with a 25-15 set victory.
Ohio State closes out the weekend with a 2 p.m. ET match at No. 14 Wisconsin Sunday.