COLUMBUS, Ohio–(NU Athletics Nov. 13)–The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team dropped a 3-1 match at No. 6 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at the Covelli Center.
The Buckeyes won the first two sets, 31-29 and 25-21, before the Huskers got on the board with a 28-26 win in set three. But Ohio State finished off the match with a 25-16 win in the fourth and final set.
Ohio State topped Nebraska in hitting percentage (.254 to .168), kills (66-59), digs (101-86) and blocks (9-6). The Huskers had six service aces and 13 errors. Ohio State had three aces and nine errors.
Emily Londot led the Buckeyes (18-5, 14-1 Big Ten) with 23 kills and 21 digs.
Set 1: Ohio State took a 7-3 lead after a kill by Londot and two unforced Husker errors. The Huskers turned to Batenhorst on the left pin, as she produced three kills as part of a 4-0 Husker run that tied the score at 9-9. A block by Lauenstein and Hord gave Nebraska its first lead, 11-10. Ohio State reclaimed a 15-14 lead at the media timeout and increased the lead to 18-15 after back-to-back kills by Londot and a block. Nebraska trailed 19-16 when another Batenhorst kill, an ace by Knuckles and a Ohio State attacking error tied the score at 19-19. Ohio State answered to go back up 23-21 and earned set point at 24-22. After a timeout, Batenhorst posted her sixth kill, and Bekka Allick served an ace to tie the score at 24-24. The teams traded points, and then Lauenstein and Kubik recorded kills for a 27-26 Husker set point. Londot answered, and the Huskers hit long for a 28-27 Ohio State advantage. Lauenstein snuck a kill through a block to make it 28-28, and then she combined with Allick for a block and a 29-28 lead and another chance for the Huskers to win the opening set. Once again, Londot responded for the Buckeyes with back-to-back kills for a 30-29 OSU lead. This time, Ohio State took the set, 31-29, after a Husker hitting error.
Set 2: The Huskers got off to a better start in the second set with Lauenstein recording back-to-back kills and a block with Hord, and Kubik posting three straight kills for an 8-2 lead. Ohio State got within 9-6 after a three-point run, but Lindsay Krause notched her first kill of the match for a sideout. Batenhorst added a kill for an 11-7 Husker lead, but the Buckeyes responded with a 4-0 run to tie the score at 11-11. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the set, 16-15, after another 3-0 run when the Huskers led 15-13. After six sideouts in a row, the Huskers committed two straight attacking errors for a 21-18 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes got to set point at 24-20 and claimed the 25-21 win.
Set 3: Ohio State used a 6-0 run to grab a 7-2 advantage. The Huskers pulled within 9-6 after kills by Kubik, Lauenstein and Krause, but the Buckeyes built the lead back up to six at 16-10. Lauenstein and Kubik answered with kills, and Krause and Batenhorst tacked on two more to cut the Ohio State lead to 17-15. A block by Allick and Krause made it a one-point game, 17-16. Ohio State stayed in front until a kill by Lauenstein and a Buckeye hitting error tied the score at 20-20. Adria Powell terminated for Ohio State, but a block by Hord and Kubik tied it again. Ohio State committed an attacking error for a 22-21 Husker lead, and with the score tied at 22-22, Lauenstein terminated again and served an ace for set point, 24-22. A service error allowed the Buckeyes to get within 24-23, and an Ohio State ace tied the score at 24-24. Kubik pounded a kill for a 25-24 lead, but Gabby Gonzales answered for Ohio State. Batenhorst came right back for the Big Red to make it 26-25, but Gonzalez answered once again. Batenhorst and Hord teamed up for a 27-26 set point, and the Huskers won 28-26 on an ace by Hames.
Set 4: The Buckeyes took a 13-5 lead after a 5-0 run keyed by four kills and a block. The Huskers fell behind 19-9 when Kubik had two kills, Rodriguez served an ace, and two Ohio State hitting errors cut the deficit to six at 19-14 after a 5-0 run. But Ohio State held on and finished off the match with a 25-16 win.
Up Next: The Huskers play at Iowa on Friday at 6 p.m.