Missouri State Uses Strong Serving To Take Down #20 Ohio State

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 01st, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Match Results

  • Missouri State def. #20 Ohio State 3-1, (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20)
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic
  • Attendance: 1,088
  • Match Stats

Missouri State used a strong serve to take down #20 Ohio State in four sets at the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic. The Bears used a combination of Ohio State errors and strong serves to take down the Buckeyes.

The start of the first set was a back and forth battle with the score tied up at 7-7. A kill from Lauren Boone sparked a run for the Bears, as they jumped out to an 18-11 lead over the Buckeyes. That wasn’t it for Ohio State, though, as they tried to fight their way back into the set but it was too late, with Missouri State taking the lead with a 25-18 first set score. The second set was much like the first, a close race but Missouri State commanded a two to three point lead throughout the set that kept the Buckeyes out of reach. This continued until Missouri State took the set off an Ohio State service error 25-21.

The third set kept the back and forth race going with the scored tied at 17 all, but this time Ohio State took the momentum going forward to take the third set 25-21. To conclude the match, Missouri State took a lead that Ohio State could not catch up to win 25-20 in the fourth, taking down their ranked foe.

Missouri State was led by Lynsey Wright with 15 kills and four blocks, while Aubrey Cheffey added nine kills and five blocks along with Mackenzie Irwin‘s five blocks. In the back court, Emily Butters and Lily Johnson picked up 24 and 17 digs, respectively.

For Ohio State, Audra Appold put down 15 kills and 14 digs for a double-double alongside setter Taylor Hughes‘ 43 assists and 12 digs. Hannah Gruensfelder picked up 18 digs in the back court for the Buckeyes.

Press Release

Courtesy of Missouri State Athletics

Missouri State’s volleyball team got the best of No. 20 Ohio State Friday evening in the third meeting between the teams in less than a calendar year, topping the Buckeyes 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20) on the first night of the D.C. Koehl Classic inside St. John Arena.

The win served as Missouri State’s third over a top-20 opponent in the last 53 weeks, including a home win over the then- No. 12 Buckeyes last September at Hammons Student Center.

The Bears (3-1) hit .333 in the match with no more than three attack errors in any set, with Lynsey Wright hitting .577 with 15 kills and no errors to pace an efficient offense that had six players finish with at least five kills.

Missouri State hit .424 with 15 kills spread among seven different players in the first set, taking the lead for good at 11-7 after a 4-0 run that included two MacKenzie Irwin blocks. The Buckeyes twice pulled within three points, and the last time was met with a 4-0 Missouri State run to earn set point at 24-17.

The Bears used consecutive aces from freshman Emelie Orlando to grab a 5-2 lead in the second set, and maintained the advantage between one and three points all the way until a Veronica Snelling ace made it 22-18. Wright added kills for 23-18 and 24-20, and MSU hit .282 and served four aces in the set.

The Buckeyes (2-2) piled up 19 kills on .548 hitting in the third set, but were unable to put the Bears away until late. MSU took its first lead at 11-10 after a 4-0 run that included two Johnson aces, and the score was subsequently tied at each point to 17-17. Ohio State fired three straight kills to break the tie, pushed the lead to four at 22-18, and the teams sided out to the final score.

Missouri State took control of the fourth set with a 7-0 run to lead 10-3, and kept the margin at three points or better to the end. OSU closed to 10-7 when Lauren Boone hit back-to-back kills in response, and the Buckeyes fought off four match points before Irwin and Cheffey combined for the winning block and fifth of the night for each player, a career high for both.

Brianne Dixon joined Johnson and Orlando with multiple aces, as the Bears owned an 8-2 lead at the service line in the match. Johnson added nine kills and 17 digs, and Emily Butters led MSU with 24 digs.

The Bears play a pair of matches Saturday, taking on Lipscomb (3-1) at 9 a.m. and Oakland (3-2) at 5 p.m.

Press Release

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

The No. 20 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team (2-2) fell in four sets (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20) to the Bears of Missouri State University (3-1) Friday night inside St. John Arena. It marked the first contest of three for OSU during the round-robin Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic. The Buckeyes get back at it on Saturday (Sept. 2) for a day-night doubleheader versus Oakland (3-2) at noon and Lipscomb (3-1) in the tournament capper at 8 p.m.

A baker’s dozen worth of Buckeyes saw action in multiple sets, searching for the right combo to mount a comeback. Ohio State had it rolling in the third set to cut the deficit in half before a rebounding fourth for the Bears cloesd out the evening.

Junior classmates Audra Appold and Taylor Hughes each posted double-doubles. Appold did so with a team-high 15 kills flanked by 14 digs while Hughes recorded 43 assists and 12 digs. Appold also paced her squad by attacking .382 (15-2-34).

Freshmen Hannah Gruensfelder and Lauren Witte maintained their impressive numbers into weekend number two and their fourth consecutive start. Gruensfelder averaged 4.5 digs per set and Witte dropped in eight kills at a .273 hitting rate to go along with four blocks. Fellow frosh Ayanna Swan received extensive play, too, finishing off seven kills.

Set 1:  Missouri State blazed through the first frame, swinging .424 on 15 kills and pulling away after breaking up a 7-7 tie early on.

Set 2:  Despite owning an advantage in every statistical category across the box score sans service errors (four to one), Ohio State came out on the wrong of a 25-21 second stanza. Luisa Schirmer terminated seven of 13 error-free attempts in a valiant individual effort.

Set 3:  Appold and Smeathers assumed the heavy offensive lifting in the third, combining for 13 kills and a lone error on 19 attacks. Ohio State hit .548, yet struggled to shake the pesky Bears until late in the period. The Buckeyes trailed 17-16 when an MSU service error cut down what would be the Bears’ final edge set. Ohio State seized eight of the next 12 tallies to extend the contest into a fourth set on the strength of a 25-21 triumph.

Set 4:  Momentum evaporated in between sets, however, extinguished by a 10-3 jolt for Missouri State to start it off. The Buckeyes then responded nicely and tightened the gap to 10-7 on four consecutive points. Following a Bears timeout at that juncture, Missouri State expanded its lead to five points at 12-7. That margin would remain until the match’s conclusion, 25-20.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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