Ohio State sweeps Wisconsin volleyball

Badgers tied for fourth place in Big Ten

The Wisconsin volleyball team lost to its third-straight nationally ranked opponent Saturday when it fell to Ohio State 30-18, 32-30 and 30-23 in Columbus. Wisconsin falls to 16-8 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, still tied with Illinois for fourth place. Ohio State is now 24-2 and 14-2 in the conference, tied with Minnesota for the top spot in the Big Ten standings.

"Last night, I felt that even though we lost at Penn State, we still played some very good ball," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said. "But we came in here tonight and we were just off our game, and Ohio State is playing like a machine right now."

Ohio State senior outside hitter and All-American Stacey Gordon proved her worth, picking up 19 of Ohio State's 53 kills. Wisconsin had only 42 kills and was led by junior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto's 13 kills. Junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw had 10 kills.

Ohio State held Wisconsin to just a .175 hitting percentage while out-blocking the Badgers 9-6. OSU also had 48 digs compared with Wisconsin's 39. Freshman libero Jocelyn Wack led the Badgers with 11 digs.

"Ohio State is a really good defensive team," Waite said. "I think their offense was balanced, and that comes from a good defense. The combination of their getting the setter the ball in good locations to keep our blockers off-balance and our own hitters being off made it tough to come back."

After demolishing the Badgers in the first game, Wisconsin played an even game with the Buckeyes in the second game—11 early ties kept it close throughout. Wisconsin had the lead at 30-29 but a Gordon kill, coupled with a UW blocking error and a service ace from sophomore setter Briana McCarthy gave OSU the 32-30 win, paving the way for a clean sweep.

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