Buckeyes Defeat Michigan
Nov. 25, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State (19-14 overall, 9-11 Big Ten) women’s volleyball team closed out the regular season with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20) road victory at 22nd-ranked Michigan (20-12, 8-12) in front of 2,286 fans in Crisler Arena. Buckeye Mari Hole recorded a match-high 18.5 points with 17 kills (.231), one solo block and one assist block. Emily Danks added 15 points with 10 kills (.290), four ace serves and two assist blocks. Michigan’s Alex Hunt had a team-high 14.5 points with 12 kills (.267), two ace serves and one assist block. Jennifer Cross added 13 points with 10 kills (.241) and six assist blocks.
Set one saw several early ties. Tied at six, two OSU errors and a Courtney Fletcher kill gave Michigan a 9-6 lead. At 11-8, an OSU error gave the Wolverines a 12-8 lead. Buckeye kills from Mariah Booth and Danks and two from Kaitlyn Leary tied the set at 12. At 15-all, two kills from Hole and her solo block gave Ohio State an 18-15 lead. Trailing, 19-16, a Hunt kill and a Lexi Dannemiller ace serve cut the OSU lead to one at 19-18. Kills from Booth and Leary made it 21-18. An OSU error made it 21-19. A kill from Danks and a Michigan error made it 23-19. A Claire McElheny kill cut the margin to three at 23-20. OSU reached set point at 24-20 with a kill from Danks. The Buckeyes won the set, 25-20, with an Amanda Peterson kill to take a 1-0 lead in the match. For the set, Ohio State hit .417 to .294 for Michigan.
With set two tied at one, two kills from Cross gave Michigan a 3-1 lead. Michigan expanded the lead to four at 8-4. Three consecutive kills from Hole and a Peterson solo block tied the set at eight. OSU took a 9-8 lead with a kill from Hole. A Dannemiller-Fletcher block tied the set at nine. At 12-all, two UM errors and a Booth-Danks block forced a Michigan time out at 15-12. A Leary kill and a Booth-Leary block completed the five-point run for a 17-12 Buckeye lead. Trailing, 20-14, Michigan responded with a six-point run to tie the set at 20. A Catherine Yager-Cross block, a Lexi Erwin kill, blocks from Cross-Yager and Hunt-Cross, an OSU error and a Cross kill tied the set at 20. A UM error made it 21-20 OSU. A Cross kill tied the set at 21. Kills from Hole and Fletcher made it 22-all. A Booth kill and her solo block gave OSU set point at 24-22. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Danks, won the set, 25-22, to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Ohio State hit .171 for the set to .044 for Michigan.
Tied at two in set three, kills from McElheny and Erwin and blocks by Cross-Erwin and Cross-Dannemiller gave Michigan a 6-2 lead. The Wolverines maintained the lead reaching set point at 24-16 with a McElheny kill. An ace serve from Fletcher gave Michigan a 25-16 set win and cut the Buckeye lead to 2-1 in the match. Michigan hit .552 for the set to .296 for Ohio State.
Michigan held an early 7-4 lead in the fourth set before two Kelli Barhorst kills and one from Leary tied the set at seven. Back-to-back ace serves from Danks made it 9-7, OSU. Two OSU errors tied the set at nine. At 14-all, a Booth solo block and a UM error gave Ohio State a 16-14 lead. A Molly Toon kill cut the lead to 16-15. Two kills from Danks and a Barhorst solo block gave Ohio State a 19-15 lead. A kill from Toon and two OSU errors cut the Buckeye lead to 19-18. Two kills from Barhorst and two aces from Danks opened a 23-18 Ohio State lead. Errors by both teams moved the score to 24-19 to give Ohio State match point. An OSU error stopped the match point at 24-20. The Buckeyes, with a kill from Barhorst, won the set, 25-20, to earn the 3-1 match victory. The Buckeyes hit .235 for the set to .111 for the Wolverines.
Ohio State hit .275 for the match to .222 for Michigan. OSU had a 58-52 advantage in kills and a 56-50 margin in assists. Peterson posted a match-high 51 assists for the Buckeyes while Dannemiller posted 41 for Michigan. The Wolverines had a six-five edge in ace serves with OSU’s Danks posting a match-high four. The Buckeyes gave up eight service errors to six for Michigan. Defensively, Ohio State had a 66-52 advantage in digs with Sarah Mignin posting a match-high 20. Michigan’s Sloane Donhoff recorded a team-high 17 digs. At the net, the Buckeyes had an 11-9 edge in team blocks. Co-match leaders, with six total blocks each, included OSU’s Booth with two solos and four assist blocks and Michigan’s Cross with six assist blocks.
Ohio State will now wait until the 6 p.m. EST Sunday ESPNU NCAA selection show to see if they have made the field of 64.
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