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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-7, 15-3 B1G) fell to Indiana (15-15, 8-10 B1G) in a five-set heartbreaker (26-24, 17-25, 17-25, 25 ). -20, 14-16) to a sold-out Covelli crowd on Sunday afternoon for the Buckeye Inclusion match.
A back-and-forth set and a trio of challenges sent the first set into extra points, with Ohio State earning the 26-24 set win. Indiana split the match with a 25-17 win in the second set. The Hoosiers secured the 2-1 advantage in the game with a 25-17 win in set three. The Buckeyes forced a fifth set with a 25-20 win in the fourth. The Hoosiers won the fifth set 16-14 by scoring the last four points.
How it happened
Indiana opened the scoring and capitalized on a 5-0 run to take an early lead 7-3, forcing an OSU timeout. The Buckeyes string together four unanswered points to get back to one at 8-7, forcing an Indiana timeout. A successful Hoosiers challenge from the time-out allowed Indiana to retain the lead. The Buckeyes equalized the set at 12 and took their first lead of the set at 13-12 to a block from Emily Londot and Adria Powell. Five straight points in Indiana forced a second timeout at Ohio State, with the Buckeyes trailing 17-13. The teams traded points from time-out and a successful OSU challenge brought the deficit to 20-17. A 4-0 run by OSU amid an Indiana timeout put the Buckeyes 20-19 within a set and Ohio State leveled at 21. The Buckeyes capitalized on a 3-0 run to take a 24-22 lead, but a successful Hoosiers challenge equalized set at 24. Back-to-back kills from Adria Powell gave the Buckeyes the 26-24 set win.
The Hoosiers opened the scoring in the second set and used a 4-1 run to take a 13-8 lead, forcing a timeout at Ohio State. The Buckeyes were forced to call a second timeout as the Hoosiers extended their lead to 18-11. The teams traded points from the time-out before a pair of Buckeye points after an ace from Londot forced an IU time-out. Indiana separated the match with a 25-17 set win.
Jenaisya Moore put the Buckeyes on the board first in the third set and OSU scored the first four points. Two 3-0 Hoosier runs gave Indiana its first lead of the set, 6-5. Ohio State tied the set at six before five unanswered IU points forced a Buckeye timeout at 11-6. The Buckeyes scored the next three points to reduce the deficit to 11-9, leading to a Hoosiers timeout. Back-to-back Indiana points forced a timeout at Ohio State, trailing 19-13. The Buckeyes scored twice from the time-out, but the Hoosiers earned the 25-17 set win.
Indiana scored the opening goal early in the fourth set as the teams tied five times before one team reached 10 points amid a small run by each team. After a tie at 11 (the sixth tie of the set), Ohio State scored four of the next five points to take a 15-12 lead and force a timeout for Indiana. The Buckeyes went on to get the next three points, despite repeating a point after a Hoosiers challenge to trigger another IU timeout with OSU holding an 18-12 lead. Indiana responded after the timeout with a 5-3 advantage to force a timeout from Ohio State, with the Buckeyes leading 21-17. The Hoosiers went 22-19 to three points, but the Buckeyes capped a 25-20 set win with a solo block from Mac Podraza.
Gabby Gonzales opened the scoring with her 12th minuteth kill of the game. After three unanswered Buckeye points to make it 4-1, the Hoosiers called a timeout. OSU made it 5-1 before a 3-0 IU run took it to 5-4. Indiana eventually tied the set at six to force a timeout at Ohio State. The Hoosiers took their first lead of the set at 7-6, but the Buckeyes immediately reconnected at seven and reclaimed the lead at 8-7 from an IU error. The set was tied again at eight and nine before consecutive OSU points led to a second Indiana timeout with Ohio State by an 11-9 lead. Ohio State took a time-out after Indiana took the set to 14 with a 4-1 run. The Hoosiers won the set by a 16-14 mark by scoring the last four points.
S1: Kill Rylee Rader
S2: Kill Rylee Rader
- Emily Londot took her 12th birthdayth Double-double of the season and achieved 10 kills for the 23rdapprox Time this season when she finished with 11 kills and 14 digs.
- Gabby Gonzales achieved 10 digs for the 11th times this season and finished with a season high of 21 digs. Gonzales earned her 11thth Double-double of the season with 14 kills.
- Rylee Rader recorded her fifth match with at least 10 kills this season for a total of 10 kills.
- Jenaisya Moore got 10 kills for Season 19th times this season and ended up with 12 kills.
- Sarah Sue Morbitzer scored at least 10 digs for the seventh time this season, equaling her career high of 16 digs, including 200th excavation of her career.
- Sydney Taylor hit 10 digs for the first time this season, on her way to a career-high 15.
- Morbitzer also had a career-high four assists.
what they said
- Head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg: “I feel like we were busy scouting for both the Maryland game and this one in Indiana today, but it’s about execution and playing with freedom and I don’t feel like we did that to have. I think both Maryland and Indiana played at a level where if they play like that they’ll build some confidence and we weren’t ready to hit back. It is unfortunate, but this is how we will react in the future.”
- Junior Medium Rylee Wheels: “I think we have two options – learn from this weekend and step up, do what the 2011 team did, or we could deal with those two losses and look at it that way in the first round of the NCAA tournament , like we did after losing today . I think the only choice we have is whether we want to work hard or not. I think we will work hard this week and prove many people wrong.”
Ohio State wraps up the regular season by hosting No. 9 Minnesota on Friday night at 6 p.m. ET (B1G+ broadcast) and No. 3 Wisconsin on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET (BTN broadcast).
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