Ohio State Runs Through Marlyand In Straight Sets

  0 Carly DeMarque | October 28th, 2016 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Stats

After falling to them two days prior, Ohio State stomps Maryland in three sets. The Buckeyes hit for .321, and put down twice as many kills as the Terps at 49-23. Maryland was held to a low .020 hitting percentage off a strong Buckeye block.

Taylor Sandbothe had seven blocks for Ohio State, increasing her career total to 515 total blocks. She is two blocks away from tying the all-time school record for career blocks. Audra Appold recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs, teammate Valeria Leon picked up 11 digs, boosting her school record career digs total to 1,623.

The Terps struggled after defeating the Buckeyes just days prior. Hailey Murray led the Terps with nine kills, while Kelsey Wicinski picked up 10 digs.


Press Release

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 19 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team notched its 15th win of the season, blowing past Maryland in straight sets (25-19, 25-16, 25-16) and outscoring the Terrapins by 24 points. The Buckeyes attacked .321 to more than double up the Terrapins in kills, 49-to-23. A 10-block effort constrained UMD to a lowly .020 attacking efficiency.

Ohio State (15-9, 5-7 Big Ten) trailed no later than 11-10 in any set, recording the 12th sweep of 2016. Taylor Sandbothe blocked the Terrapins (10-14, 2-10 Big Ten) seven times on the night, running her career total to 515 total blocks. The senior middle is now just two stuffs shy of tying and three away from breaking the all-time school record for career blocks (Dawn McDougall — 517 blocks; 1988-91).

Audra Appold and Luisa Schirmer launched an offensive onslaught from the left pin, combining for 29 kills while attacking .438 and .292, respectively. Appold paced the squad in both kills (16) and digs (12) for the double-double. Valeria León followed closely behind with 11 digs, inflating her school record career digs total to 1,623.

SET 1: The Buckeyes flew out of the gates, surging ahead 9-3 and later 18-10 — both causing Terrapin timeouts. The Taylor Tandem (Hughes and Sandbothe) paired up for three blocks, overpowering Maryland to a .000 hitting percentage. Schirmer (six kills) and Appold (four kills) handled the majority of the offensive load as OSU registered a 25-19 triumph.

SET 2: Maryland owned an 11-9 edge before an extended serving stint by Schirmer vaulted the Buckeyes on top for good at 15-11 on six consecutive OSU points. Appold terminated three kills during the hot stretch and five for the set. Ohio State kept the pedal to the metal and rolled to a 25-16 winner.

SET 3: Hughes distributed 15 assists in the final frame, steering the Buckeyes to a .457 hitting percentage. She contributed directly to the lofty attacking clip as well, bouncing a pair of kills on two attempts. Ohio State posted another 25-16 advantage, closing out the match in just over 80 minutes.

The Scarlet & Gray next welcome in the Big Ten Network for Wednesday’s match (Nov. 2) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin. First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Press Release

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior middle blocker Hailey Murray led the Terps with nine kills but the Maryland volleyball team fell to No. 19 Ohio State in straight sets on Friday evening in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes (15-9, 5-7 Big Ten) defeated the Terrapins (10-14, 2-10) by set scores of 25-19, 25-16, 25-16.

“Ohio State was excellent tonight, and we didn’t have many answers,” head coach Steve Aird said. “Full credit to them as they played well. We have to move on quickly and focus on an excellent Purdue team on the road.”

Junior libero Kelsey Wicinski notched 10 digs while freshman setter Taylor Smith made 20 assists. Senior middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor assisted on three of the Terrapins’ five blocks.

The Terps performed well at the service line, posting four aces with three errors while the Buckeyes notched just one ace with eight errors.

Maryland and Ohio State split their series this season as the Terrapins defeated the Buckeyes in five sets on Wednesday.

Murray and MacGregor tallied kills for the Terps, but the Buckeyes used a 4-0 to push ahead 9-3 in the first set. Murray notched two more but Ohio State worked out to a 16-9 advantage. The Terps used a 4-0 run, including two service aces from Megan McTigue, to pull within four, 18-14. Late in the set, Murray posted a kill before combining with Smith on a block, the Buckeyes were able to win the set, 25-19.

The teams played closely to being the second set, and a block from Gia Milana and MacGregor gave Maryland a 7-6 lead. Murray posted a kill as the Terps went ahead 11-9, but a 6-0 Buckeye run gave the home team a 14-11 lead. Murray, Milana and MacGregor notched kills, but Ohio State pulled ahead, 19-14. Liz Twilley and MacGregor combined for a block at 23-16, but the Buckeyes notched two straight points to take the second set.

The Terps and Buckeyes traded six straight kills to start the third set, including two from Milana. After an Angel Gaskin kill, a 4-0 OSU run put the Buckeyes ahead 10-5. Abigail Bentz served an ace as the Terps pulled within four, 11-7. Maryland notched points off Ohio State errors, but the Buckeyes took a 19-11 lead. Twilley and Murray tallied kills late in the set as Ohio State was able to close the match with a 25-16 game win.

The Terps are back in action on Wednesday at Purdue. The teams will face off on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m.

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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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