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UAlbany Tripped Up By Ohio State in Season Opener

UAlbany Sports Information   08-24-2018

Volleyball Score: Ohio State 3, UAlbany 1 (17-25, 25-21, 16-25, 13-25)

Location: Columbus, Ohio, St. John Arena

Records: UAlbany (0-1), Ohio State (1-0)

Short Story: Freshman Grace Cozad (11 digs, six kills) was impressive in her collegiate debut but the UAlbany volleyball team fell to host Ohio State in four to begin the Ohio State Invitational.

Key Stats:

  • UAlbany: In her first collegiate match, freshman Grace Cozad posted 11 digs and added six kills. Teammate Courtney O’Connell paced all Great Danes with eight kills and a hit for .304.
  • Ohio State: Lauren Witt hit .621 for 19 kills with three blocks, while Vanja Bukilic finished with 11 kills and three service aces.

Key Situations:

  • UAlbany: The Great Danes hit for .378 in set two, holding the Buckeyes to just .220, on their way to a 25-21 victory.
  • Ohio State: At 7-2 in set four, the Buckeyes won eight of the following 10 points; UAlbany went back and forth the rest of the game but fell 25-13.

Recap: The UAlbany volleyball team fell to tournament host Ohio State in four sets (17-25, 25-21, 16-25, 13-25) to begin the Ohio State Invitational on Friday night.

A block by Courtney O'Connell helped UAlbany close the gap to two points, 17-15, in set one. The Great Danes would capitalize on an attack error by the Buckeyes before a kill by Grace Cozad would pull her squad to 17-20. Ohio State scored the final five points of the match as the home team won 25-15.

Set two proved to be a rubber match that knotted the score even on 10 different occasions. A late kill by O’Connell would break the 18-18 gridlock and provide the Great Danes with a lead they would fail to relinquish. Danielle Tedesco and Cozad added a pair of kills before Tedesco’s service ace sealed the set for the Great Danes, 25-21.

UAlbany started the set up 2-0. Sandwiched by two Powell kills, Ohio State took the next seven and led 7-2, later going up 17-8. Tatiana Tiangco notched a kill to end the run, then O’Connell would add her sixth kill of the night, but UAlbany could not come closer and was defeated in set three 25-16.

Down 7-1 to begin the fourth game, Akuabata Okenwa buried a couple kills to end the Buckeyes run. Ohio State notched a game-high 16 kills in the final set. A 3-0 run by the home team effectively sealed the set. Ohio State won the set 25-13 to win the match in four.

UAlbany plays two matches tomorrow, taking on Texas A&M at 10 a.m. ET and Ohio at 5:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

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