No. 5 Ohio State drops final road game of season 3-1 to Maryland
Maryland junior outside hitter Sam Csire, a native of Strongsville, Ohio, had 22 wins en route to ending the 14-game winning streak of No. 5 Ohio State women’s volleyball team in four sets Friday at the Center Pavilion.
The Buckeyes (19-6, 15-2 Big Ten) took a 3-0 lead from the start and haven’t looked back. Maryland (15-14, 6-11 Big Ten) lost 18-11 before taking its second timeout after Ohio State took control, winning the set 25-16 on a run of five points.
The Ohio State defense held Maryland to a .132 hit percentage in the first set while picking up 18 kills offensively. Senior outside hitter Gabby Gonzales led the Buckeyes offensively with 15 kills on 40 attempts.
The Terrapins bounced back in the second set, taking the first point, and after scraping back and forth they held a 15-14 lead. The Buckeyes hitters ran into a Maryland defense holding them to just one run the rest of the set, winning 25-15.
The Terrapins had six blocks in the set and held the Buckeyes to a .059 hit percentage. Maryland redshirt junior middle blocker Anastasia Russ and graduate middle blocker Rainelle Jones combined for 10 solo blocks in the game.
The Buckeyes quickly lost 5-1 in the third set and found themselves trailing 16-11 before requesting their first time out. Ohio State went on a four-point streak to take the score nearly 19-17, but the Terrapins fired a four-point streak to win 25-18, taking a 2-1 advantage.
Ohio State had 15 errors between the second and third sets, while Maryland’s offense had just 13 errors in the game.
The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the fourth set but quickly lost 7-1. Ohio State came within a point at 10-9, but the Terrapins responded with a five-point run and held Buckeye’s offense at bay, taking the set 25-18 and the game 3-1.
Senior defensive specialist Kylie Murr took possession of the No. 1 spot on Ohio State’s all-time digs list with her 12th dig of the night. She finished with 35, giving her 1,819 for her career.
The Buckeyes are looking to get back into the win column Sunday at the Covelli Center against Indiana. The match will start at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on BTN+.
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