Sept. 27, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
Score: #13 Ohio State 3, #10 Michigan 1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-20, 25-17)
Records: U-M (10-2, 0-1 Big Ten), OSU (13-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 28 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 7:30 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 10th-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team came from five points down to win the second set but fell at No. 13 Ohio State, 3-1, in both team's Big Ten Conference opener in front of 4,499 fans inside St. John Arena on Friday night (Sept. 27). Set scores were 25-22, 25-27, 25-20 and 25-17.
Senior Molly Toon (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) led Michigan with 16 kills and a .364 hitting percentage. She was one of three Wolverines in double figures in kills. Seniors Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) and Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) had 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Junior Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) had 44 assists and nine digs, while sophomore Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) tallied 14 digs. Erwin joined sophomore Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) with three blocks apiece.
Ohio State jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first set after a solo block from Taylor Sandbothe, but the Wolverines clawed back to take an 8-7 lead on a service ace by senior Ally Sabol (Los Angeles, Calif./Marymount). The set, which featured 16 ties and six lead changes, was tied at 11 on Goode's kill and knotted at 14 after a termination from Cross. Michigan took a 17-16 lead after back-to-back kills from Toon. Ohio State moved ahead 19-18 on a kill by Kaitlyn Leary, but the Maize and Blue tied the set at 20 on a Goode kill and she joined Erwin on a block to give U-M a 21-20 lead. Ohio State came out of the timeout to score the next two points before a Goode kill tied the set at 22. A Sandbothe kill and solo block gave OSU set point as she put down the Michigan overpass for the 25-22 win.
Staring at a 0-2 deficit, the Wolverines went on a 9-1 run and fought off five set points to take a dramatic 27-25 win over the Buckeyes and tie the match at a set apiece. Ohio State went up 4-3 on a Michigan service error and led 7-4 after a Leary kill. The Buckeyes went on a 6-0 run that was capped by a Sandbothe kill. Back-to-back Erwin kills cut the Buckeye lead to 10-7 but OSU went up 14-8 on a Leary kill. A service ace gave Ohio State a 16-10 lead and a termination from Leary made it 19-12. Back-to-back terminations from Toon and an OSU ball-handling error cut the lead to 20-16 and an Erwin kill made it 22-18 Buckeyes. At 24-19, the Wolverines scored three straight points, forcing Ohio State to call timeout. An Erwin kill and OSU error made it 24-23 and a Morales service ace tied the set at 24. Junior/sophomore Olivia Reed's (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell) kill set up set point for the Wolverines at 25-24. Ohio State fought that off, but a Cross kill set up a second set point. A Buckeye attack error gave the Wolverines the 27-25 win.
The two teams were trading side outs to start the third set. Michigan took a 7-6 lead on a Toon kill. Two straight service aces put the Buckeyes up 9-7, but the Wolverines had two straight blocks, cutting the lead to 10-9. Ohio State took a 12-9 lead on another ace but Toon's kill cut that lead to 13-12. Another Toon termination tied the set at 15 and blocks from Goode and Erwin gave Michigan a 17-16 advantage. The teams again traded side outs before an OSU block made the score 20-18. Two straight Leary kills gave the Buckeyes the 22-19 advantage. She had two more kills and the Buckeyes used a block assist to take a 2-1 lead.
Dannemiller and Toon opened set four with kills and Michigan took a 4-1 lead on an Ohio State error. The Buckeyes answered with an 8-0 run capped by a Buckeye block. Sabol's ace and a Buckeye block error cut the lead to 14-9 but Ohio State pushed ahead 17-11 on Kylie Randall's termination. Michigan never was closer than five points the rest of the set as an Andrea Kacsits kill put the Buckeyes up 23-15 and a block gave OSU the set 25-17 and the match 3-1.
Michigan hit .204 on the night, compared to .277 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had nine blocks and seven service aces, while Michigan committed 10 service errors and had four blocks.
Michigan completes its mini road trip tomorrow night (Saturday, Sept. 28) at top-ranked Penn State. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. inside Rec Hall in State College, Pa., and the match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423