Monday, 11 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Volleyball Falls at Ohio State in Nailbiter


COLUMBUS, Ohio – It doesn’t get much closer than this in a sweep. Michigan State volleyball was defeated by Ohio State on Wednesday night, 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 27-25) in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Covelli Center. The match featured 23 tied sets and 10 different lead changes throughout.
A loss moves Michigan State’s overall record to 16-10 along with an 8-7 mark in B1G action. Ohio State improved to 10-14 on the season with a 7-8 record in conference play.
The Spartans out-hit Ohio State .189 to .177, finishing with 42 kills to OSU’s 40. Despite the superior hitting effort, unforced errors proved to be detrimental for MSU throughout the night.
Freshman outside hitter Taylah Holdem led MSU with 14 kills on the night, adding seven digs, a block and a service ace. Fifth year middle blocker Amani McArthur hit .412 with 10 kills and a block to her final tally. Setters junior Julia Bishop and Cameron Berger each posted 15 assists, while senior libero Nalani Iosia notched a match-high 16 digs. Freshman middle blocker Zuzanna Kulig led all players with seven total blocks (two solo, five assisted).

Michigan State opened the match on a 4-1 run, but the Buckeyes would match it to tie things early at 5-5. The Spartans built an early three-point lead, leading 9-6 before a 10-3 Ohio State run forced MSU’s first timeout of the set trailing 16-12. That run would prove to be detrimental for the Spartans late in the…

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