No. 15 Penn State Women’s Volleyball Falls To No. 10 Ohio State 3-1

Penn State women’s volleyball (19-9, 12-6 Big Ten) lost to No. 10 Ohio State (23-5, 13-6 Big Ten) in four sets Saturday afternoon (23-25, 25-22, 11-25, 21-25).

Sophomore opposite hitter Emily Londot led the Buckeyes in kills with 22 total for the match to carry Ohio State over the Nittany Lions.

How It Happened

The starting lineup featured Kailtyn Hord, Jonni Parker, Allie Holland, Jenna Hampton, Gabby Blossom, Adanna Rollins, and the return of Maryland transfer Erika Pritchard.

The Buckeyes took a 3-0 lead early in the first set before the Nittany Lions battled back to go on a 4-0 scoring run. Both teams’ hitting game was aggressive but Penn State was able to take the lead at 12-9.

Kills from Parker and Rollins boosted the Nittany Lions lead to 18-14. The Buckeyes cut their deficit to 20-19 after a hitting error from Hord. Ohio State battled back on aggressive hitting and capitalized on Penn State’s hitting errors to take a late set lead at 24-22. Ultimately, Penn State dropped the first set to Ohio State 23-25.

Like the first set, Ohio State earned a 5-3 lead thanks to its strong offensive performance. After tying the set six times, Penn State finally took the lead at 13-11.

The Nittany Lions increased their lead to 17-14 on kills from Rollins and Holland. Also, like the first set, the Buckeyes tied it up at 20-20. However, the Nittany Lions went on a 3-0 scoring run to take the lead back at 23-20. Ultimately, Penn State won the second set 25-22 on a kill from Rollins.

Penn State looked like a completely different team in the third set. Sloppy play from the Nittany Lions gave Ohio State a 4-0 lead and 4-0 scoring run, which only continued to propel the Buckeyes’ lead to 11-2 on a 8-0 scoring run. The Nittany Lions’ less-than-stellar play in the third set only gave Ohio State the momentum it needed to win 25-11.

The Nittany Lions finished the third set with an underwhelming .028 hitting percentage and .139 kill percentage.

After tying the early fourth set five times, the Buckeyes took the lead at 7-5. Penn State finally gained some steam, taking the lead at 14-11 and earning a 3-0 scoring run halfway through the set. Hitting errors from the Nittany Lions allowed Ohio State to regain the lead at 19-17.

The Buckeyes closed out the match with a 25-21 win to defeat Penn State. Parker finished the match with 17 kills and nine digs while Rollins finished the match with 10 kills and seven digs. Blossom totaled 38 assists.

Player Of The Game

Emily Londot | Opposite Hitter

Ohio State sophomore opposite hitter Emily Londot finished the match with 22 kills, 12 digs, and a .489 kill percentage.

What’s Next?

The Nittany Lions will return to Rec Hall on Friday, November 26 to face Minnesota. First serve will start at 8 p.m.

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Mackenzie Cullen

Sadly, Mackenzie graduated from Penn State in 2022. She majored in English and served as one of Onward State's associate editors. You can keep up with her life and send compliments to @MackenzieC__ on Twitter.

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