OSU Volleyball Faced Defeat Against Maryland
The Ohio State Women’s Volleyball team dropped an unfortunate loss to the Maryland Terrapins last Saturday evening. Saint John’s arena hosted the three set match, and with the win going to Maryland, the OSU girl’s overall record fell to 12-16.
After a 3-1 loss to Michigan State a few days before, the girls had to get in the mindset to beat Maryland, a team with the most Big Ten wins they have had in five years. However, the Terrapins had not won in Saint John’s arena in their whole program history, and they faced defeat in four of their last five matches. Things were looking up for the OSU girls.
Before the game, Maryland seniors were quickly honored by OSU players with a bouquet of flowers, then the senior night match began.
The first set was close, beginning with 16 ties before the first Buckeye timeout when they were down by three. The Bucks then went on to get the next six out of seven points, with a few during gamepoint, resulting in a 25-25 tie. Needing to win by two, both teams put up a fight, but the set was taken by the Terps with a final score of 27-25.
The next set started in favor of the Buckeyes, with a lead of 10-7. However, this advantage slipped out of their fingers as the Terrapins gained a 14-12 leverage by the next timeout. The win seemed within reach as the teams tied up at 20-20, but the OSU timeout at 22-23 shifted the score in favor of Maryland as they took the set with a score of 25-23.
To win the match, a team must win three out of five sets, which is what the Maryland Terrapins were able to do against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Terps went on their longest run of the season, ten points to the Buckeyes’ zero. The match was halted after a timeout at 11-16, Maryland.
The Ohio State girls took one more point, but lost to a score of 12-25. Ranking 8th in the conference, Maryland was a tough rival for the girls.
With four games left for the Buckeyes, they have the chance to improve their ranking of 13th in the Big Ten.
Their next match is Friday, November 16th against number 8 in the country Wisconsin at home in Saint John’s Arena.