No. 25 OSU Drops 3-0 Decision to No. 8 Purdue
Nov. 18, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 25th-ranked Ohio State (17-13 overall, 7-10 Big Ten) women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 28-26) decision to No. 8 Purdue (25-3, 14-3) Friday night in St. John Arena in front of 1,786 fans. OSU's Mari Hole posted a team-high 15.5 points with 12 kills (.108), one ace serve, two solo blocks and one assist block. Mariah Booth added 13.5 points with 12 kills 9.375), one ace serve and one assist block. Purdue's Ariel Turner recorded a match-high 19.5 points with 17 kills (.244), two solo blocks and one assist block. Valerie Nichol added 8.5 points with seven kills (.190), one solo block and one assist block.
Set one saw three lead changes and 11 ties, the last at 17-all. An Emily Ehlers ace serve, two Buckeye errors and a Kierra Jones-Catherine Rebarchak block open a 21-17 Purdue lead. Kills from Booth and Turner made it 22-18. A kill by Booth, her serve ace and a Boilermaker error cut the margin to 22-21. Purdue responded with two kills from Turner to reach set point at 24-21. An Amanda Miller ace serve gave Purdue a 25-21 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match. For the set, Purdue hit .300 to .118 for OSU.
Set two saw Purdue take a 4-0 lead off kills from Rebarchak, turner and Tiffany Fisher and a Turner solo block. At 10-6 Purdue, a Kelli Barhorst kill, a Hole-Booth block and two kills from Hole tied the set at 10. A Turner kill made it 11-10 Purdue. OSU tied the set at 11 with a kill from Booth. Purdue, with a Rebarchak kill, two from Turner and a Blair Bashen ace serve took a 15-11 lead. The Buckeyes closed the lead to one at 18-17 but kills from Fisher and Nichol, an OSU error and a Rachel Davis-Jones block gave Purdue a 22-17 lead. A Leary kill, a Hole solo block and her kill cut the lead to 22-20. Purdue made it 23-20 with a kill from Jones. An OSU error gave the Boilermakers set point at 24-20. A Purdue error made it 24-21. A kill from Jones won the set, 25-21 for Purdue giving them a 2-0 lead in the match. The Boilermakers hit .243 for the set to .222 for the Buckeyes.
Tied at six in the third set, kills from Hole and Barhorst and an ace serve from Emily Danks made it 9-6 OSU. A Nichol kill stopped the run at 9-7. OSU pushed the lead to 13-7 with kills from Hole, Barhorst and Leary and an ace serve from Hole. Trailing, 15-10, kills from Fisher, Ehlers, Davis and Turner and an OSU error tied the set at 15. After several ties, the score was 21-21. Purdue took a 23-21 lead with kills from Jones and Turner. OSU tied the set at 23 with kills from Booth and Hole. A Purdue error gave OSU set point at 24-23. A Turner kill tied the set at 24. OSU had a second set point at 25-24 from a Leary kill. A Fisher kill tied the set at 25. Purdue, with a Nichol kill, gave Purdue a match point at 26-25. A kill from Hole stopped the match point, tying the set at 26. A Nichol kill gave Purdue a second match point at 27-26. Purdue, off an OSU error, won the set, 28-26, to win the match, 3-0. The Boilermakers hit .300 for the set to .196 for Ohio State.
For the match, Purdue hit .280 to .183 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a 46-43 advantage and a 45-40 edge in assists. OSU's Amanda Peterson recorded a match-high 43 assists while Davis collected 35 for Purdue. The Boilermakers had a 4-3 margin in ace serves with Purdue's Miller recording a match-high two. Defensively, Purdue had a 52-49 advantage in digs with Bashen collecting a match-high 14. At the net, the Boilermakers had a 9-3 margin in team blocks. Jones posted a match-high four assist blocks for the Boilermakers.
Ohio State continues conference play at Noon Sunday in St. John Arena against Indiana (9-20, 1-16). The match will be delayed telecast on the Big Ten Network at 10 p.m. EST Sunday.
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