Ohio State Shocks #4 Penn State

  0 Jil Price Igara | September 23rd, 2018 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Ohio State def. #7 Penn State 3-1 (16-25, 25-20, 33-31, 25-23)

Ohio State stunned 4th-ranked Penn State on its home court, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes have defeated the Nittany Lions twice now in the last 22 meetings dating back to the 2007 season. Both wins were earned in Columbus, Ohio.

The Buckeyes move to 1-1, rebounding from its loss to 3rd-ranked Wisconsin. With the loss, Penn State is off to an 0-2 start in the Big Ten for the first time since the 2000 season when the Nittany Lions opened conference play with an 0-3 skid. Penn State finished that season with a 30-6 mark overall, 16-4 record in the Big Ten and a NCAA Regional appearance.

Ohio State held the blocking advantage, 13 to 11, and served up 8 aces to earn the team result, despite being out hit by the Nittany Lions offensively, .180 to .135.

An 8-2 closing stretch allowed Penn State to secure the 25-16 win in the first set for an advantage in the match, but the Buckeyes responded with an 8-3 opening drive to establish control in the second set. The Nittany Lions came fighting back to tie it up, 19-all, but could not surpass the Buckeyes, who used a 5-point scoring drive to earn the win, 25-20.

The extended third set contained a string of 23 ties before Ohio State was able to edge Penn State, 33-31, with a Lauren Witte kill and attack error.

Though Penn State was able to tie the score 4 times, Ohio State never gave up its lead in the fourth set to secure the upset with a 25-23 victory.

Mia Grunze (12 kills, 13 digs) and Becca Mauer (39 assists, 13 digs) each recorded double-doubles to lead the way for Ohio State. Jordan Fry contributed 11 kills and 7 blocks, while Hannah Gruensfelder logged 17 digs.

UNC graduate transfer Taylor Leath paced Penn State offensively with 16 kills and added 13 digs for a double-double. Bryanna Weiskircher also notched a double-double with 49 assists and 16 digs, while Kendall White tallied 17 digs.

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