Hoosiers Hang Tough with No. 19 Ohio State in 3-1 Loss
Nov. 5, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After falling into a quick 2-0 hole against No. 19 Ohio State, the Hoosiers erupted from intermission with fire in their eyes as the Indiana women's volleyball team proceeded to battle the Buckeyes. Unfortunately, Ohio State withstood the attack and closed out a 3-1 (30-23, 30-17, 31-29, 30-18) win that sent IU to 9-17 (2-12 Big Ten) on the season.
"The hardest thing about tonight is that I know we can win these matches," Indiana head coach Katie Weismiller said. "A lot of teams would be happy with just hanging with the No. 19 team in the nation, but we are walking out with our heads hanging. I believe in this team and know that we can pick up some of these matches."
Individually, senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling paced IU with 15 kills, while sophomore outside hitter put away 10 of her own. Additionally, freshman setter Laura Holm recorded a double-double with 20 assists and 13 digs, while classmate Jessica Batliner accounted for 18 assists. Meanwhile, junior libero Sara Diehl led the squad with 16 digs.
On the career and season leader charts, senior middle blocker Mandy Eberle closed to within one block assist of 10th place currently held by Melissa Rooney with 230 career block assists from 1995-98, while also advancing to sixth on the single-season block assist list with 113. That tally stands behind fifth-place Julie Goedde's 116 registered in 1987.
Additionally, Gerling tied Erin Heimann's 1999 total for seventh with 50 service aces on the year.
While the Hoosiers never held a lead or tied the Buckeyes in the first frame, they were able to hang tough with them until Ohio State took a 14-13 lead halfway through the game. IU then cut the gap to 24-21 at one point, before the Buckeyes rolled on to a 30-23 win to take a 1-0 lead.
The second stanza belonged to Ohio State as after the Hoosiers tied the game at 2-2, Ohio State went on an 11-1 run to take a 12-3 lead. Additionally, the Buckeyes had two other runs of four points to jump ahead 2-0 in the match with a 30-17 win.
In a hotly-contested third game, the Hoosiers traded the lead with Ohio State until taking a 9-8 advantage. The Hoosiers continued to roll over the Buckeyes through the rest of the game, until Ohio State countered to knot the frame at 29-29. Fortunately, the Hoosiers strung together two points to win the game and cut the lead to 2-1.
Indiana continued to battle Ohio State throughout the initial stages of the fourth frame, trailing 15-14 halfway through the game. The Buckeyes, however, went on runs of five and seven points to close out the game 30-18 and the match 3-1.
Next up for the Hoosiers, IU travels to Michigan on Nov. 11 to take on the Wolverines at 7 p.m. in a match to be televised on tape delay by Comcast Sports Net. Indiana then battles Michigan State the following day at 7 p.m., in East Lansing.
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