Oct. 11, 1997

Ohio State defeats 19th ranked Michigan State

Columbus, Ohio -Ohio State a (12-6 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) upset 19th ranked Michigan State (13-6, 3-3) in a close four game match Saturday evening in St. John Arena. Behind Vanessa Wouters' 27 kill performance repeatedly held off the Spartans to gain a 15-11, 15-13, 5-15, 16-14 victory. OSU's Andrea Pankova added 12 kills with Rosie Snow, 10. MSU received a "Spartan" performance from Jenna Wrobel (28 kills) and Veronica Morales (25 kills) who combined for 53 of its 81 kills. MSU's Lindsey Clayton contributed 11 and Christie Landry added 10.

The opening game was all Ohio State as they took a 12-2 lead, thanks to nine Spartan errors for points. MSU scored the next nine points to cut the lead to 12-11, but an ace by Shellye Sills and kills by Wouters and Dana Stearns for points closed the game at 15-11. In the game, MSU hit .244 to OSU's .243.

OSU went up 5-2 in game two but MSU tied the match and five, seven and nine. Four OSU errors for MSU points gave the Spartans an 11-9 lead. Kills by OSU's Wouters and a block by Wouters and Stearns tied the match for the fourth time at 11. The Buckeyes went up 12-11 on a kill by Jen Flynn, but a block by Vicki Basil and Clayton tied the match at 12. A Wrobel up MSU up 13-12, but a hitting error by Basil tied the match again at 13. OSU's solo block by Sills of a Wrobel back row hitting attempt put OSU up 14-13 and serving game point. Sills and Angelee Abbring combined on a block of an overpass to end the game at 15-13. MSU outhit the Buckeyes, .150 to .043 for the game.

The Spartans came to play in game three after the break. MSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but four consecutive errors by Wrobel tied the match at four. The Spartans quickly scored the next six points, including two kills by Morales, one by Wrobel, an ace by Landry and a block by Basil and Clayton. The Buckeyes broke the string with an ace by Brenda Netten, but MSU scored the next five points to take the match 15-5, closing the game on a Morales kill. The Spartans hit .333 for the game to OSU's .213.

Game four began with Spartan kills for points by Wrobel, Landry and Clayton and with a ball handling error by Flynn took a 4-0 lead. MSU helped OSU back into the game with eight Spartans errors accounting for eight of the next 10 points for the Buckeyes. A Wrobel kill broke the string for MSU's fifth and sixth points and along with an OSU error closed the margin to 11-7. Three OSU hitting errors closed the gap to 11-10, before an ace by OSU's Snow gave OSU a 12-10 lead. A Morales kills closed the margin to 12-11, but Wouters's kill pushed the lead back to two, 13-11. An OSU block by Stearns and Flynn of a Morales attempt was OSU's 14th point and set up OSU's first match point. MSU's Jessica Sanborn got the sideout with a kill and Wrobel's Ohio State-Michigan State Volleyball-2

kill cut the lead to 14-12. Wouters got a sideout for OSU on a kill, but a block by Clayton and Landry of a Snow attempt returned the sideout to Michigan State. Wrobel fired the next two kills for the Spartans to tie the match at 14. OSU got the sideout with a kill by Stearns and a Wrobel error made the score 15-14 with OSU serving its second match point. A serving error by Stearns returned possession to MSU. Sills and Snow combined for the block of a Clayton attempt for the side out to OSU, but Morales came back with the kill to return the ball to the Spartans. OSU got an overpass kill by Sills to receive the side out, and on the fourth match point, Wouters' 27th kill of the match gave OSU the win, 16-14 in the game and the match, three games to one. OSU hit .239 in the game to .215 for Michigan State.

For the match, Michigan State hit .232 to .189 for the Buckeyes. Each team accounted for 12 team blocks with Lindsey Clayton of MSU having one solo and six assists to lead the Spartans and OSU's Shellye Sills recording one solo and eight assists to lead the Buckeyes. Sills, who had a career high of 10 assist blocks at Purdue Wednesday night has 19 blocks in the last two matches (7 games). Ohio State picked up nine aces, two each by Snow, Wouters, Flynn and Sills, to MSU's four, with Landry recording a team high two. The Spartans outdug the Buckeyes, 85 to 74 with MSU's Wrobel recording a match high 22. Morales had 17 with Landry adding 15 and Clayton 14. OSU's Snow had a team high 17 digs with Wouters collecting 13 and Flynn 11.

Ohio State next travels to Wisconsin (8 p.m.) next Friday for a televised match. The Buckeyes then play at Illinois on Saturday.

Volleyball Box Score
1997 Ohio State Women's Volleyball
Michigan State vs Ohio State (Oct 11, 1997 at Columbus, Ohio) 
Michigan State           |  ATTACK   |SET| SERVE  |SRV|DEF| BLOCK  |GEN
No Name                GP| K   E  TA  PCT| A|SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
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 1 Christie Landry..... 4| 10  4  28 .214| 1| 2  5| 1| 15| 1  3  0| 0 
 5 Jessica Sanborn..... 4|  4  2   7 .286| 0| 0  2| 0|  8| 0  4  0| 1 
 6 Jenna Wrobel........ 4| 28 12  68 .235| 1| 1  4| 4| 22| 0  3  0| 1 
 7 Veronica Morales.... 4| 25  7  61 .295| 0| 0  0| 1| 17| 0  2  0| 1 
 8 Tammy Vonderheide... 2|  0  0   0 .000| 0| 1  2| 0|  1| 0  0  0| 0 
 9 Vicki Basil......... 4|  3  1   8 .250|69| 0  1| 0|  8| 0  3  1| 3 
14 Lindsey Clayton..... 4| 11  8  31 .097| 1| 0  2| 3| 14| 1  6  0| 0 
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Totals..............    4| 81 34 203 .232|72| 4 16| 9| 85| 2 21  1| 6 
TEAM ATTACK PER GAME    TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 12.5
Game K   E TA  Pct
1    20  9 45 .244       GAME SCORES           1  2  3  4       TEAM RECORDS
2    14  8 40 .150       Michigan State...... 11 13 15 14    13-6, Big Ten 3-3 
3    18  5 39 .333       Ohio State.......... 15 15  5 16    12-6, Big Ten 3-3 
4    29 12 79 .215
Ohio State               |  ATTACK     |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK|GEN
No Name                GP| K  E TA  PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
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 1 Shellye Sills....... 4| 3  2  7 .143| 1| 2   0|  0|  5| 1  8  1| 1 
 2 Rosie Snow.......... 4|10  8 32 .063| 1| 2   2|  0| 17| 0  2  1| 0 
 3 Yoshiko Mitsuta..... 4| 0  0  0 .000| 0| 0   0|  0|  4| 0  0  0| 0 
 4 Brenda Netten....... 4| 0  0  0 .000| 3| 1   1|  0|  4| 0  0  0| 0 
 7 Dana Stearns........ 4| 9  3 27 .222| 1| 0   3|  2|  9| 0  3  2| 0 
 9 Vanessa Wouters..... 4|27  6 76 .276| 1| 2   6|  1| 13| 0  3  0| 0 
10 Angelee Abbring..... 3| 1  0 10 .100| 0| 0   0|  0|  2| 0  1  0| 0 
11 Jen Flynn........... 4| 4  0 11 .364|52| 2   1|  0| 11| 0  2  1| 1 
15 Andrea Pankova...... 4|12  9 38 .079| 0| 0   2|  1|  9| 0  3  0| 0 
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Totals..............    4|66 28 201.189|59| 9  15|  4| 74| 1 22  5| 2 
TEAM ATTACK PER GAME            TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 12.0
Game K   E  TA   Pct
1   14   5  37  .243            Site: Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena) 
2   13  11  46  .043            Date: Oct 11, 1997 
3   16   6  47  .213            Attend:1,008    
4   23   6  71  .239            Time: 2:19
                                Referees: Patty Salvatore, Mary Holly