No. 5 Ohio State falls to second place in a row, falling 3-2 to Indiana

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team huddles together during Ohio State’s matchup against the University of Texas on August 26. Credit: Zachary Rilley | Photo editor

Indiana’s outside hitters freshman Candela Alonso-Corcelles and sophomore Mady Saris fueled the Hoosier offense Sunday, notching 14 kills each against Ohio State’s No. 5 women’s volleyball team in a 3-2 win at the Covelli Center.

The Buckeyes (19-7, 15-3 Big Ten) hadn’t lost to the then-No. 1 twice in a row since opening weekend. 2 Texas and had won 14 straight before their loss in Maryland on Friday. Head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg said the team’s chemistry had been spot on at times in the last two games.

“You never know why that happens, but it went away in the second set against Maryland and it was hard to come back,” Oldenburg said. “I feel like we dealt with both, but it’s about execution and playing with freedom and I don’t feel like we did that both nights.”

The Buckeyes called a timeout after a 6-1 Hoosier run where they found spots no Buckeye could reach, but called their own timeout when the score went 8-7 in the first set.

Ohio State tied the opening set by 12 points and took a brief lead, but Indiana found themselves 17-13 before the Buckeyes’ second timeout. A reversed match point brought the Hoosiers level at 24, but two straight Buckeye points earned Ohio State the set.

Indiana (15-15, 8-10 Big Ten) defeated Ohio State 14-12 in the first set, but the Hoosier hit percentage was .109 to the Buckeyes’ .159. Saris had four of the 10 Hoosier errors and four of her 14 team kills.

“If they play like that, they will build some confidence and we weren’t ready to hit back,” said Oldenburg.

Indiana scored early in the second set and built a 13-8 lead on a service ace by senior defensive specialist Paula Cerame to force a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State, seven points behind, finished their second timeout 18-11, but the Hoosiers stood their ground, allowing just six points after the break and winning the second set 25-17.

Ohio State had seven attacking errors and three service errors in the set and was held at a .134 batting average. The Hoosiers responded with just one error from the first set and amassed 12 kills, while second setter Camryn Haworth amassed 11 assists in the set, 20 in the first two and 45 in the finish.

“We just have to dig deep,” said junior middle blocker Rylee Rader. “We have it in us – we just have to find it”

The Buckeyes opened the third set and scored the first four points, but the Hoosiers made five points before taking a 6-5 lead. A subsequent 5-1 run by Indiana forced Ohio State’s first timeout.

After the timeout, the Buckeyes scored three straight goals, bringing the score to 11-9 and forcing the Hoosiers’ first timeout to end the rally. Ohio State fell behind by eight, dropping the set 25-17.

Junior outside hitter Emily Londot had three kills and as many digs in the set to help her hit the 12th double-double of her season, finishing with 11 kills and 14 digs. Ohio State had three reception errors in the set and 12 in the game overall.

Oldenburg said the errors were due to a lack of confidence from the horse chestnuts.

“For me, passing is a mentality, and when it slacks off a bit, the confidence dwindles a bit, that’s when these mistakes happen and you have to let it go,” said Oldenburg.

Seven ties and a lead change opened the fourth set before a Rader kill gave the Buckeyes a 13-11 lead. Indiana called his first timeout at 15-12, but Ohio State’s offense in the fourth set continued with a 5-0 scoring run, building a six-point lead and forcing a 25-20 fifth set in a solo block by Senior Setter Mac Podraza.

Senior winger Gabby Gonzales recorded three kills, three digs and an ace of service in the fourth set for her 11th double-double of the year. Ohio State averaged .310 in set and 13 kills overall, while Indiana was held at .086 hit percent and 11 set kills.

“Mac did a good job of getting me places to score,” Rader said. “The trainers helped me a lot, everyone talked to me and gave me places to swing.”

A block that forced an Indiana attacker to fall to the ground while the ball was slowly touching the ground forced the first timeout, 4-1. Ohio State held Indiana at bay until their match point led 14-13, and four straight points later, the Hoosiers had won the set 16-14 and the match 3-2.

The Buckeyes held the Hoosiers on 11 kills in the fifth at a .114 batting average, but only found the floor five times in the set.

“We have two options, learn from that and do what the 2011 team did and make it into the last four, or we can deal with those two losses,” Rader said.

injury update

Senior defender and libero Kylie Murr did not play in the loss. Oldenburg said she expects to see Murr on the floor next week.

“I think it would be really difficult to keep them off the pitch,” said Oldenburg.

Return home

Two Hoosiers, junior outside hitter Morgan Geddes and senior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg, both hail from Ohio. Grove City’s Geddes accumulated eight kills and Rammelsberg, who played with Podraza at Sunbury’s Big Walnut High School, accumulated ten.

Messy offense

Ohio State had 25 offensive errors in the match and 54 in the last two games while averaging .156 percent over the weekend.

Four Buckeyes surpassed the 10 kill mark in the match. Gonzales led all with 14, senior outside hitter Jenaisya Moore had 12, Londot had 11, and Rader finished with 10.

Ohio State had a combined 53 kills from 179 attempts.


Oldenburg said she hopes the Buckeyes react at practice to bounce back from back-to-back losses.

“It will depend on how we react and how well we train on Tuesday,” said Oldenburg. “You would hope that two losses to unranked teams when we were in the position we were in would taunt them, but they should wake you up.”

The Buckeyes have two regular season games left, both at the Covelli Center, on Friday against No. 9 Minnesota and Saturday against No. 3 Wisconsin.