Freshman libero Hannah Gruensfelder set the Ohio State University school record for most digs in a four-set match on September 10th, 2017 during a four-set loss to Notre Dame. Gruensfelder tallied 38 digs in just four sets, besting the previous Ohio State four-set dig record of 35 set in 2015 in a match versus Arizona by Valerie Leon. In addition to surpassing the four-set dig record, Gruensfelder was only 3 digs short of tying the Ohio State all-time single match dig record of 41 set by Julie Chellevold in 1990. The NCAA Division 1 all-time record for digs in a four-set match belongs to Catalina Suarez, who recorded 56 digs for the University of Missouri-Kansas City in a four-set match against UTEP on September 7, 1989.
For her efforts, Gruensfelder was awarded Co-Big Ten Freshman of the week, sharing the honor with Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke. Gruensfelder earned this honor following a week when she averaged 7.43 digs per set and handled 32 error-free service receptions. This is the eighth time since 2009 that a Buckeye has earned such an honor, and Gruensfelder is the fifth Buckeye since 2009 to do so.
Following her impressive weekend, Gruensfelder’s season average has expanded to 5.03 digs per set, the highest average in the Big Ten. She has posted 146 digs on the season through eight matches, and has handled 164 service receptions with only 7 errors. The Buckeyes are currently 5-3 and ranked 25th in the country in the AVCA polls and just outside the top 25 according to VolleyMob’s rankings. Fans can catch Gruensfelder and the Buckeyes in action this Friday September 15th, 2017 versus Western Kentucky at 12 p.m. ET and against Northern Illinois University at 7:30 p.m. ET.