Hawkeyes Fall at Ohio State, 3-0


Oct. 15, 2010

Box Score

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Iowa volleyball team lost at Ohio State tonight, 3-0, inside St. John Arena. Ohio State shot lights out in the match opener and was able to sustain their momentum into a straight set victory; 25-10, 25-16, 25-17.

“We struggled in every facet of the match,” said Head Coach Sharon Dingman. “We had no kills, we couldn’t serve and our backcourt passing wasn’t there. We didn’t serve aggressively. We were simply outplayed. We have a lot to get better at before tomorrow night. Penn State is a good team, so we have to be prepared to play to win.”

Ohio State attacked at a .524 clip to claim the opening set, 25-10. Iowa claimed the set’s first point behind a Megan Eskew kill, but Ohio State jumped ahead with a 3-2 advantage and never looked back. Kills from Chante’ Thompson, Becky Walters and Mallory Husz kept Iowa within one point, 7-6, but an eight-point run by the Buckeyes eventually extended the OSU lead to 20-8 and Iowa was never able to recover.

Iowa vs. Ohio State 1st 2nd 3rd
Iowa (1-6, 6-10) 10 16 17
Ohio State (4-4, 15-5) 25 25 25

Statistical Leaders
Kills: Megan Eskew (UI) 6 | Barhorst 14 (OSU) 26
Assists: Nikki Dailey (UI) 59 | Hone (OSU) 38
Digs: Bethany Yeager (UI) 6 | Mignin (OSU) 9

After spotting the Buckeyes five points to start set two, Iowa used a pair of OSU errors and a kill by Husz to pull within three, 17-14. Ohio State answered a timeout with a pair of points before Iowa halted the rally with a kill from Rachael Bedell and block by Husz. Ohio State then captured four of the set’s final five points to win the set, 25-16.

Iowa played its best in the third and final set, battling to five ties and grabbing an 8-6 lead behind a kill and block from Walters. Ohio State battled back and was able to tie the set, 8-8, before a Buckeye error and Paige Stevens kill gave Iowa another two-point edge, 10-8. The Buckeyes rallied with a 5-0 run to establish a 13-10 advantage before finishing the set and match with a 6-1 run, escaping 25-17.

Eskew led all Hawkeyes with four kills. Dailey picked up a team-high eight assists and Bethany Yeager and Tiffany Nilges each recorded six digs.

The Hawkeyes return to action tomorrow night at Penn State. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT).