No. 14 Ohio State Falls at No. 1 Penn State, 3-0
Nov. 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 14 Ohio State women's volleyball team traveled to No. 1 Penn State and dropped the match, 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-14), to the Nittany Lions Wednesday night.
Senior Mari Hole led the Buckeyes (22-9, 13-6) with 10 kills and added eight digs in the loss. Junior Kaitlyn Leary finished with six kills, while sophomore Anna Faul had three kills and two blocks. Libero Davionna DiSalvatore totaled 10 digs for Ohio State.
Ariel Scott had 15 kills and four blocks for the Nittany Lions and Deja McClendon added 11 kills. Setter Micha Hancock had 34 assists and libero Dominique Gonzalez had a match-high 11 digs.
PSU (28-2, 18-1) opened the first set on a 5-1 run and pushed ahead for a 9-4 advantage. Three-straight Nittany Lion errors brought the Buckeyes within two at 12-10, but Penn State rebounded to put together a five-point rally to take a 19-12 advantage. PSU finished with a 25-18 win in set one.
A kill by Mariah Booth and a Penn State error locked the second set at four apiece before the Nittany Lions went on a 7-1 run for an 11-5 lead. Two kills by Faul and a Hole service ace cut the PSU lead to three at 13-10. PSU, however, went on a 6-0 run to go up 21-12 and the team finished the set with a 25-16 win.
A kill by Amanda Peterson and a Hole/Faul block set the score 4-4 in the final set and a kill by Leary gave Ohio State a 6-5 advantage. A Nittany Lion kill triggered a seven-point run for a 12-6 lead to force a Buckeye timeout. Back-to-back kills by Hole and a Julianne Mandolfo service ace cut PSU's lead to three at 14-11, but the Nittany Lions finished the match on an 11-3 rally for a 25-14 victory.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season Friday, hosting Michigan in St. John Arena. The match is set for 7 p.m. ET and the team's four seniors will be honored prior to start.