Ohio State’s No. 9 women’s volleyball defeated rival Michigan at Ann Arbor

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates during the Ohio State-Indiana game September 29. Ohio State won 3-0. Photo Credit: Gabe Haferman | Asst. Photo editor

The Ohio State women’s number 9 volleyball team beat the Michigan Wolverines 3-0 on Friday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for their 13th win of the season.

The Wolverines (12-7) entered the game with a 5-5 record in the Big Ten conference, which put them in ninth place overall. However, Michigan has attracted national attention as it received votes in the latest national AVCA poll.

It was a close first set with both teams staying within two points until a 5-1 run from Michigan put the Wolverines 14:11 ahead. Ohio State joined the match at 14 – all after a sophomore kill by Rylee Rader. The teams stayed within a point of each other until three Buckeye points in a row put Ohio State 20:18 ahead and forced Michigan to take time out.

After the break, Ohio State led 23-20 until Michigan scored three in a row with two kills from senior outside hitter Paige Jones to tie the set at 23. It was point by point until the Buckeyes finished the first set of the marathon, 33-31, of consecutive kills by second grader to hitter Emily Londot and senior outside hitter Gabby Gonzales.

The Wolverines were the first team to take the lead 5-3 in the second set from a second-year service ace from defensive specialist Hannah Grant. It was back and forth scoring, with neither team hitting more than two consecutive points until the state of Ohio scored seven straight points from multiple attack errors in Michigan to lead 22-16.

Michigan stopped the Buckeyes’ run with a sophomore kill from Jess Mruzik, but the Wolverines were unable to get a run. Ohio State won the second set with two consecutive kills from Rader, 25-18.

The Wolverines took a quick 8-5 lead in the third set with four points in a row from a second year serve from defensive specialist Brooke Humphrey. Michigan stayed in the lead until the Buckeyes made their own four-point run to lead 17-14 and force Michigan on time out.

A block from junior setters Mac Podraza and Rader continued the Buckeyes’ run at 20-15, forcing another time out in Michigan. After the break, the Buckeyes took five of the last seven points to win 25-17 after a kill of junior outside hitter Jenaisya Moore.

Ohio State will return home on Sunday to face Michigan State at the Covelli Center at 1 p.m.

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