Nov. 23, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (18-14 overall, 8-11 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team battled No. 9 Penn State (22-7, 15-4), falling 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 2¬5-13) Wednesday night in front of 3,235 fans. Buckeye Emily Danks posted a team-high 16 points with 10 kills (.235), three ace serves, two solo blocks and two assist blocks. Mari Hole added 13.5 points with 10 kills (.333), three solo blocks and one assist block. Penn State’s Deja McClendon recorded a match-high 17 points with 15 kills (.286) and two solo blocks. Ariel Scott added 14.5 points with 12 kills (.216), two ace serves and one assist block.
Set one saw 10 ties and six lead changes. Penn State took the largest lead of the set at 17-13 off an OSU error. Two Nittany Lion errors, a kill from Danks and her solo block tied the set at 17. Tied at 19, a kill from Danks and her two ace serves gave OSU a 22-19 lead. Two McClendon kills and one from Katie Slay tied the set at 22. A Nia Grant ace serve and a PSU error tied the set at 23. Ohio State reached set point at 24-23 with a Kelli Barhorst-Hole block. The Buckeyes, with a Barhorst kill, won the set, 25-23, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. OSU hit .194 for the set to .179 for the Nittany Lions.
In a close second set that saw 11 ties and four lead changes, Trailing, 15-14, a kill from Hole tied the set at 15. An Amanda Peterson kill and a Hole solo block gave Ohio State a 17-15 lead. At 19-17, a kill from Scott and her ace serve tied the set at 19. An OSU error gave Penn State a 20-19 lead. OSU tied the set at 20 with a Mariah Booth-Danks block. A Scott kill and a PSU error made it 21-all. OSU took a 22-21 lead with a Kaitlyn Leary-Barhorst block. An OSU error tied the set at 22. Two Buckeye errors gave Penn State set point at 24-22. The Nittany Lions, with a McClendon solo block, won the set, 25-22, to tie the match at one set each. Penn State hit .150 for the set to .075 for Ohio State.
Set three saw Ohio State overcome a 4-3 Penn State lead with kills from Amy Schwarzwalder and Peterson, two PSU errors and a Barhorst kill for an 8-4 lead. The Nittany Lions responded with kills from Scott and Micha Hancock, a Scott ace serve and a Maddie Martin solo block to tie the set at eight. At 14-all, kills from McClendon and Martin opened a 16-14 Penn State lead. Trailing, 22-19, a Schwarzwalder kill, an ace serve from Danks and a Barhorst-Peterson block tied the set at 22. A Scott kill and an Ali Longo ace serve gave Penn State set point at 24-22. A Schwarzwalder kill stopped the set point at 24-23. The Nittany Lions won the set, 25-23, with a Martin kill to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Penn State hit .289 for the set to .333 for Ohio State.
Penn State broke a 2-2 tie in set four with a kills from Slay and Martin for a 4-2 lead. At 6-4, an Anna Faul kill and a PSU error tied the set at six. Kills from McClendon and Grant and an OSU error put Penn State up for good at 9-6. A Booth kill and a Booth-Danks block cut the lead to one at 9-8. Penn State, with two kills from McClendon, a Lacey Fuller ace serve and a Slay solo block took 13-8 lead. The Nittany Lions expanded the lead to 10 at 23-13. A Martin kill made it match point at 24-13. An OSU error ended the set at 25-13 to give Penn State a 3-1 victory in the match. The Nittany Lions hit .400 for the set to .118 for Ohio State.
The Nittany Lions hit .245 for the match to .181 for Ohio State. PSU had a 58-50 advantage in kills and a 53-48 edge in assists. Hancock recorded a match-high 51 assists for Penn State while Peterson recorded 39 for Ohio State. The Nittany Lions had a 10-4 advantage in ace serves with Scott, Martin and Long each posting two while OSU’s Danks recorded a match-high three. Each squad gave up seven service errors in the match. Defensively, the Nittany Lions had a 67-60 margin in digs with PSU’s Longo recording a match-high 20. OSU’s Sarah Mignin recorded a team-high 16. The Buckeyes out blocked the Nittany Lions, 12-6. OSU’s Hole and Danks shared match-high honors with four blocks each. Hole collected three solos and one assist block while Danks had two solos and two assists.
Ohio State closes out the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at No. 22 Michigan. The match will be played in Crisler Arena.
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