Nov. 17, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team earned its 22nd win of the season with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 25-23) victory over Indiana Saturday night in Bloomington. The Buckeyes moved to 22-8 overall and 13-5 in the Big Ten with the road win.
Entering the match, senior Mari Hole needed three more kills for 1,000 in her Ohio State career. She became the 20th Buckeye in program history to notch 1,000 with a kill at 13-12 in the first and concluded the night with 1,021 overall after picking up 24 to lead all attackers. Hole, in her second season at Ohio State, is the third-fastest to reach 1,000 behind former Buckeyes Vanessa Wouters (1996-97) and Stacey Gordon (2001-04).
Junior Kaitlyn Leary had 16 kills and three blocks (1s,2a) for Ohio State, while senior Mariah Booth added 10 kills with three blocks (2s,1a). Libero Davionna DiSalvatore had a match-high 16 digs and sophomore Anna Faul totaled six block assists.
Jordan Haverly led the Hoosiers (12-18, 4-14) with 15 kills and Morgan Leach had 14 kills and three block assists. Samantha Thrower totaled six blocks (1s,5a), while setter Whitney Granado had a match-high 54 assists with 10 digs.
At 3-3 in the first, an Indiana error followed by a Julianne Mandolfo service ace and a Hole kill gave the Buckeyes a 6-3 advantage. The Hoosiers battled back to lock it up at nine and the teams exchanged points until a nine-point Buckeye run led to a 22-13 lead. Hole had five kills for Ohio State in the run. The Buckeyes went on to take the set, 25-18.
Ohio State opened the second set on a 6-2 run and pushed ahead for a 9-4 lead to force a Hoosier timeout. A pair of two-point Buckeye runs set the score 17-11, but a 6-2 Indiana rally brought the Hoosiers within two at 19-17. The Hoosiers cut the Buckeye lead to one at 22-21 before a kill by Hole guided Ohio State to a 25-21 set win.
Down 8-6 in the third, the Hoosiers put together a 4-0 run for a 10-8 lead. Indiana battled ahead for a 13-9 lead before a kill by Emily Danks sent Ohio State on a 7-3 run to tie the set at 16. The teams exchanged points and runs throughout the rest of the set and, tied at 23, a kill by Haverly gave Indiana set point, 24-23. A Leary kill tied it up and a Booth/ Amanda Peterson block gave the Buckeyes set point at 25-24. Locked at 26, a Thrower service ace and a Hoosier block led to a 28-26 set win.
The teams played evenly in the fourth as the set saw 11 ties and four lead changes. The Hoosiers took an early 5-3 lead, but the Buckeyes came back to tie it up at six apiece. Down two at 13-11, a kill by Leary sent Ohio State on a 5-1 run for a 16-14 advantage. A three-point Buckeye rally pushed Ohio State further ahead at 19-15 and a kill by Leary gave the Buckeyes match point at 24-22. Indiana's Thrower battled for a kill at 24-23, but Leary sealed the win with her 16th kill, 25-23 Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes close out the 2012 regular season next week, traveling to No. 2 Penn State and hosting Michigan. Ohio State and the Nittany Lions face off Wednesday, Nov. 21, in State College at 7 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes then host the Wolverines Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. Ohio State's match vs. Michigan will also serve as senior night for the team's four seniors. Ticket information can be found at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.