Redbirds Winning Streak Snapped Against Buckeyes
Sept. 11, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State's five-match winning streak came to an end Tuesday night at Redbird Arena, as the No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes shutout the Redbirds, 3-0 (32-30, 30-22, 30-12). The Redbirds were unable to overcome the powerful attack of the Buckeyes, who racked up 58 kills in the match.
Junior right side hitter M.C. Richmond led the Redbirds with 15 kills and had a .333 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Kari Staehlin added 11 kills, but had 10 attack errors for a hitting percentage of just .027. Junior setter Erin Lindsey once again paced the `Birds with 29 assists. ISU was without two starters, as sophomore middle blocker Katie Seyller missed her sixth-straight match and sophomore outside hitter Peggy Riessen was sidelined for the first time this season.
Ohio State compiled 58 kills in the match against just 15 attack errors for a team hitting percentage of .331. The Buckeyes accumulated 24 kills in the first game, 14 in the second and 20 in the third. Ohio State had four players in double-figures in kills and also amassed nine blocks as a team.
The Buckeyes scored the first three points of game one, but the Redbirds came back to tie the game at six. ISU established a one-point lead that it clung to as Ohio State was able to consistently tie the score, but couldn't regain the lead. With the score tied at 13 apiece, Ohio State broke away with an 8-2 run, with seven of the points coming on kills. ISU battled back to tie the game at 25, capitalizing on six kills, three by Staehlin, and three Ohio State errors. The Buckeyes were the first to reach match point, taking a 29-27 lead, but the `Birds stayed resilient and scored the next two points to tie the game for the 13th time. After the Buckeyes took the lead, Richmond kept the `Birds in it with her sixth kill. An Ohio State kill and an ISU service error gave the game and the match lead to the Buckeyes. The game was the first that went into overtime for the Redbirds all season.
ISU took an early 6-1 lead and remained ahead for the majority of the second game. Ohio State stayed within a few points and closed out the game with a 14-3 run to take the win and a 2-0 match win. The Buckeyes had six kills, three blocks, while the Redbirds had five errors during the final stretch of the game.
Ohio State had control from the onset of game three, scoring six-unanswered points to take a 9-3 lead. The Buckeyes maintained a comfortable advantage for the rest of the game, closing out the game with a 13-4 run to take the match. The loss in game three was the largest margin of defeat against the `Birds all season.
Illinois State (8-3) opens Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend when it visits Southern Illinois Friday and Evansville Saturday. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. start times.