COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Behind four players in double-digit kills, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team bested Maryland in four sets (25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22) in the final road trip of the regular season. With the win, the Buckeyes (15-15, 8-11 B1G) swept the home-and-home series with the Terrapins (17-14, 6-13 B1G).
Luisa Schirmer had her ninth consecutive match in double figures as she paced the Scarlet & Gray on 13 kills and eight digs. Ashley Wenz was right behind her with 12 kills. Madison Smeathers was perfect on the night as she connected on 11-of-19 error-free attempts for a .579 clip. Ayanna Swan rounded out the quartet with 10 kills.
As a team, Ohio State held Maryland to a .254 hitting percentage while attacking at a .330 rate. The Buckeyes led the match in digs with a 50-32 margin.
SET 1: The Buckeyes hit .455 in the opening set. Maryland burned a timeout early after Ohio State went up 12-8 with back-to-back aces from Gruensfelder. The Buckeyes went on a 7-1 run to extend their lead and Schirmer delivered the final dagger to take the set, 25-18.
SET 2: The Scarlet & Gray opened the second with an 8-3 advantage. The Terps chipped away at OSU’s lead, putting together three straight points to cut the deficit to 22-19. Maryland couldn’t keep the momentum going as a service error handed the Buckeyes the win, 25-20.
SET 3: Ohio State forced Maryland to call for time as it got out to a 6-1 lead in the third, which featured four quick kills by Swan. The Terps used a 9-1 sprint for an 18-16 upper hand. Kills from Swan and Wenz locked the score at 19-all. Maryland scored five of the last six points for a 25-21 victory.
SET 4: The two teams exchanged points to start the fourth. The Buckeyes were able to get some breathing room with kills from Wenz and Schirmer for a 14-10 edge. Maryland battled hard to pull within one, 22-21, but the Buckeyes stayed calm for a 25-22 decision.
Ohio State plays its final regular season match on Saturday when Illinois comes to Columbus. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Buckeyes’ three seniors will be recognized after the match.
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