Hoosiers Set New Attendance Record Against No. 13 Ohio State
Sept. 30, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana volleyball team set a new attendance record of 1,362 at University Gym, but fell to No. 13 Ohio State 3-1, to close out the weekend. The Hoosiers are now 10-6 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten play while the Buckeyes are now 12-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The attendance record broke the previous high of 1,267, which was set last season against Purdue.
"I was exceptionally pleased with the turnout tonight," head coach Katie Weismiller said. "To see all of those fans, both from the community and other student-athletes, that definitely pumped everyone up in the beginning of the match. Ohio State is a very good team, and we had the opportunity to compete against a top-15 team tonight. We gave up some points and had some miscommunication that we will work on before the match against Purdue."
The Hoosiers came out swinging in the first game, taking it by a score of 30-25. Despite some early ties, Indiana never trailed in the game and closed out the frame with a kill by Gabrielle Allison.
The second frame proved to be a tense back-and-forth battle to open. However, Ohio State opened up their largest lead of the game at 22-12 on two kills by Kristen Dozier and a service ace by Anna Szerszen. That lead did not stay at 10 points for long, as the Hoosiers battled back to cut the advantage to just four at 26-22 on a block by Annie Moddrell and Lauren Ditteon. The Buckeyes held onto the lead, and closed out the frame at 30-25.
In the third game, Ohio State took control early and never relinquished a lead, taking the frame 30-23. The fourth and final game was close throughout, with the two teams trading points throughout the first half of the frame. A kill by Szerszen put Ohio State up 20-18, and the Buckeyes closed out the match with a 30-25 win in the game.
For the match, Erica Short led the Hoosiers with 23 kills. She was joined in double-digits by Allison with 10 kills and Ditteon with 11. Moddrell led IU on the block with two solo blocks and eight block assists while Allison Regas added five block assists. The freshman also had six kills and just one error in 10 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage and had 41 set attempts while scooping up four digs. Allison and Ditteon each also had four block assists apiece. As a team, the Hoosiers out-blocked the Buckeyes, 14.5 to 10.
Briana McCarthy led Ohio State with 22 kills. Szerszen had 13 kills while Danielle Meyer added 15 and Dozier tallied 10.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 4 when they host Purdue in University Gym. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
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