Ohio State makes quick work of LIU Brooklyn in three sets
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 15 Ohio State University women’s volleyball team extended its current winning streak to six consecutive matches by defeating LIU Brooklyn on the road. Ohio State (6-1) outscored the Blackbirds (0-5) by a combined set score of 75-44 in wrapping up the contest in less than 100 minutes.
The Buckeyes dominated on the scoreboard and statistically, out-killing LIU Brooklyn 46-21, out-digging 42-28, out-blocking 8-4 and ripping four service aces while only committing one error on the reception side. Highlighted by Katie Mitchell’s .450 individual attacking clip, Ohio State also came away with a lopsided .319-to-.022 hitting percentage advantage.
Mitchell terminated 11 kills on 20 attempts with a pair of errors. Taylor Sandbothe continued her hot start to the season with nine kills, six blocks and three digs. Audra Appold and Elizabeth Campbell were responsible for eight and 12 kills, respectively, as setter Taylor Hughes distributed 35 assists on the night.
Hughes added in 10 digs for her second collegiate double-double in five contests played. Valeria León finished with a match-high 14 digs, 50 percent as much as the entire Blackbird squad combined.
Campbell pounded her first of six first-set kills on the opening point as Ohio State never trailed in a 25-17 winner. LIU Brooklyn burned timeouts at 18-13 and 22-16, but their attempt to slow down the Buckeyes was spoiled by a .364 team attacking percentage.
Set number two started with the Blackbirds firing out to a 6-3 edge. A kill from Appold came next though, igniting a 12-point OSU run. The outburst only ballooned from there. In total, Ohio State secured 22 of the final 26 points, rolling to a 25-10 triumph.
Another Buckeye burst in the third frame essentially put a bow on things. Locked up at 9-9, Ohio State and garnered the next six points on the strength of three Campbell kills. The lead would inflate to eight points by set’s end, resulting in a 25-17 match clincher.
The Scarlet & Gray are back it Saturday with two big challenges. First is a 10 a.m. morning match-up with 5-1 Syracuse before a 5 p.m. showdown against undefeated and 13th-ranked Arizona (7-0).