COLUMBUS, Ohio - Seniors Ashley Wenz and Luisa Schirmer combined for 38 kills as the Ohio State women's volleyball team fell in five sets (17-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 15-13) to Illinois Saturday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes end the 2017 season with a 15-16 overall record and 8-12 mark in the Big Ten.
In her last time wearing Scarlet & Gray, Wenz did a little bit everything for the squad behind a match-best 24 kills, 14 digs, four blocks and two service aces. Schirmer added 14 kills and 15 digs in her ninth double-double. She boosted her career digs total to 1,004. Schirmer also surpassed 1,000 kills this season.
As a team, Ohio State recorded 11 blocks and held the Fighting Illini (21-10, 12-8 B1G) to a .200 clip.
SET 1: Schirmer connected on 5-of-11 error-free attempts to hit .455 in the opening frame. A 6-0 run highlighted by a pair of aces from Wenz helped the Buckeyes to a 16-11 lead. The squad kept pounding away with five straight points to push the gap to 21-14. Schirmer tallied three of OSU’s final four points to take the set, 25-17. The Buckeyes had a .414 attacking percentage (15-3-29).
SET 2: Wenz converted at a .636 rate in the second with seven kills on 11 clean swings. The two teams locked the score at 14-all on the ninth tie of the frame. The Fighting Illini went ahead 21-17 to send the Buckeyes to their bench. Back on the floor, Illinois kept the momentum going for a 25-21 win.
SET 3: The third set started much like the previous stanza with nine ties. Ohio State used a 6-2 sprint to regain the lead at 15-11. The Fighting Illini cut the deficit to two, 18-16, but the Buckeyes stayed calm on their way to a 25-21 victory.
SET 4: Illinois went up 18-12 to force a OSU timeout in the fourth. Out of the break, the Scarlet & Gray had a 7-2 run bring the score to 20-19. Illinois held on tight to claim the set, 25-22.
SET 5: After the visitors got out to a 4-1 advantage, the Buckeyes clawed their way back to knot things at 6-6. Ohio State and Illinois traded the next eight points until a kill by Ana Beatriz Franklin put the squad up by one, 11-10. The Fighting Illini closed the set out on a 5-2 run on the way to a 15-13 upper hand.
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