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Ohio State volleyball beats Purdue in top-10 Big Ten battle

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2:06 am, October 16, 2021

Ohio State takes down Purdue in four sets

The Buckeyes snapped a seven-game losing streak vs. the Boilermakers with a four-set win. They just got their second top-10 win of the season, taking down No. 6 Purdue after falling in five-sets to them earlier in the season. 

OSU came out with a lot of energy, they set the tone early and the Boilermakers were unable to recover after a slow start all around to the match. Purdue was able to make it really close at times, but OSU kept its composure and got the W. Offensively, they were stacked. Mia Grunze had a phenomenal outing with 17 kills on .324 hitting, and despite hitting in the negatives, Emily Londot notched 13 kills. Gabby Gonzales also posted 12 kills, and Rylee Rader had 11 kills on .579 hitting. But the OSU defense is what kept them in the match ‚ Kylie Murr was outstanding yet again in the backcourt with 17 digs, and the team had nine block. 

Purdue had an insane 19 blocks on the match, but it wasn't enough tonight. Grace Cleveland started out slow but was the difference maker in set three. It was too little too late for the Boilermakers tonight. 

Purdue sparked a big time comeback effort again late in the fourth set with Maddie Schermerhorn behind the service line. The Buckeyes thought they had it in the bag, but the Boilermakers went on a 4-0 run before OSU called a timeout to stop the momentum. Schermerhorn registered a service error to end the run and give the Buckeyes match point. 

1:47 am, October 16, 2021

Ohio State back on top in set four

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-3 early lead in set four. They want to end this thing and they want to end it now, with no fifth set needed. Mia Grunze, Rylee Rader and Emily Londot are all performing great, they are serving aggressively and they went on an early 4-0 run to set the tone. 

They haven't let up on the momentum and lead 17-12 in set four. 

Purdue, down five, will need to put together a big comeback effort if they want to force a fifth set. v

1:37 am, October 16, 2021

Purdue wins the fourth set 25-19, avoids sweep

Purdue took the third set 25-19 to force a fourth set and avoid the sweep. Ohio State had 12 errors in the third set and Purdue looked like a different team out there. Grace Cleveland showed up big time in the third set after a slow start to the match. She is up to 10 kills to go along with eight blocks and is up to .270 hitting efficiency. She is 100 percent the difference maker for the Boilermakers, and her performance is a big change of pace from set one. More than half of her kills on the match came in the third set. 

Purdue came out strong in this set and then never wavered. Their All-American came alive and they forced a lot of Ohio State mistakes. They went on a 4-0 run at the end of the set off of four straight OSU attacking errors. 

Here is one of those big-time blocks from Purdue in that set ⬇️

1:11 am, October 16, 2021

Purdue looks to avoid the sweep in set three, leads early

Purdue is the aggressor to start set three for the first time tonight. This team is looking to avoid the sweep on the road, and they are doing what they need to do to make that happen — a good start to the set, which they will need to keep up, and some more action and swings from All-American Grace Cleveland. 

The Boilermakers were up by as much as five with a 7-2 early lead, but Ohio State is not backing down. They are within three now as the Boilermakers lead 10-7. 


12:57 am, October 16, 2021

Ohio State takes set two 25-1, up two sets to none

Ohio State just took a 2-0 lead on the match after staving off a Purdue comeback effort late in set two and winning the set 25-21. 

The Boilermakers took their first lead and completely changed the narrative with a 21-20 lead in set two. They did it with some tough serving and a 5-1 scoring run. But then Ohio State went on a scoring run of their own and when it mattered most with a 5-0 run to take the set. Emily Londot was able to tie things up at 21 when she tooled the block and then Arica Davis hammered down another to take a 22-21 before they called a timeout. Then three consecutive blocks sealed the deal. 

So far, the momentum and home crowd is in the Buckeyes favor and they seem to be feeding off of the success. Their offense is working wonders right now with five players with six or more kills and five of those six hitting above .300. Rylee Rader is hitting .667 with six kills, and Grunze leads the scoring effort with eight kills. The Boilermakers are struggling a bit offensively and hitting below average compared to their usual. 

Check out the crowd going wild as they took set two: 

12:39 am, October 16, 2021

The Buckeyes lead 17-15 in set two

The Ohio State Buckeyes kept the momentum rolling into the second set. They are playing with some big-time energy in this rematch against Purdue. Mia Grunze is up to seven kills on .583 hitting for the Buckeyes. The Boilermakers are still hitting lower than usual in this set. 

The Boilermakers called a timeout to regroup when down by five and then they were able to get this thing within one point. They are starting out slow each set before improving. They will need to stay consistent the whole way if they want to win this matchup. 

12:27 am, October 16, 2021

Ohio State takes the first set, 25-23

Ohio State just took the first set by a score of 25-23 in hard-earned win. Purdue went on a 3-0 run to tie up the match up at 22. Ohio State then sealed the deal with a kill from Gabby Gonzales. 

The Buckeyes are looking great offensively with Mac Podraza distributing the ball really well. Four players have three or more kills right now. They hit .227 on the set. We've got some really great blocking on display tonight as well. Ohio State tallied three blocks and Purdue posted five

Purdue was led by Caitlyn Newton with four kills. Raven Colvin also posted three kills as Grace Cleveland was held to .091 hitting in the first set. 

12:13 am, October 16, 2021

Ohio State leads 21-18 in set one

The crowd is rocking right now as the Buckeyes lead 21-18 in set one. This is a tight match, and I can tell already it is going to be a good one. The Buckeyes were significantly out-hitting the Boilermakers and that was clearly making the difference. But, the Boilermakers improved their hitting to .107 and the score reflected it as they got the score within one. 

Emily Londot and Mia Grunze are off to great starts with four kills apiece, and Caitlyn Newton leads Purdue with three kills. 

8:58 pm, October 14, 2021

How to watch Purdue at Ohio State

Ohio State volleyball is ranked No. 7 in the AVCA

Two top-10 Big Ten programs are set to meet on Friday night. Here's how you can watch Ohio State against Purdue. When they last played, Purdue beat then-undefeated OSU in five sets on Sept. 24.

  • Who: No. 6 Purdue at No. 7 Ohio State
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Date: Friday, Oct. 15
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • TV channel: Big Ten Network
8:57 pm, October 14, 2021
Latest Power 10 rankings
8:55 pm, October 14, 2021

Previewing Purdue vs. Ohio State

Here is the Purdue volleyball team

We have got a rematch for our second top matchup of the week. No. 6 and No. 7 will face off this Friday for the second time this season after Purdue pulled out a five-set win over the Buckeyes on Sept. 24. The Boilermakers were down two sets to one before rallying to come back behind 15 kills apiece from Grace Cleveland and Caitlyn Newton. Hayley Bush has been a big-time performer for Purdue. In the win over OSU she had 47 assists and 13 digs. 

The point is though, that it was a close one, and now we get to see round two. Ohio State has swept its last four opponents since losing back-to-back matchups to Purdue and Penn State, but now it is facing its first highly ranked opponent since the two ranked losses. Purdue, on the other hand, beat Ohio State then loss to Illinois in five sets, then avenged the loss with a five-set win over Illinois the following the week. So both Ohio State and Purdue have something to prove here. 

VB RANKINGS: Latest Power 10 AVCA breakdown

Any top-10 matchup is a good one right now, especially between these two Big Ten teams that have already faced in a tight matchup. You won't want to miss it.

8:48 pm, October 14, 2021

What the stats say for Purdue vs. Ohio State

Both the Boilermakers and Buckeyes are in the hunt for the Big Ten title. An Ohio State victory would pull the Buckeyes even at 5-2 in the conference with Purdue, though Nebraska is currently in first at 7-0.

Ohio State is No. 1 nationally in assists per set, averaging 14.04. The Buckeyes' Mac Podraza is second individually at 12.02.

13-2 (5-1) Record (Big Ten) 14-2 (4-2)
No. 6 AVCA ranking No. 7
Def. Iowa, 3-0 Last time out Def. Michigan, 3-0
.286 Hitting percentage .297
13.3 Kills per set 14.9
.165 Opponent hitting .151
2.7 Blocks per set 2.6
15.3 Digs per set 15.1
60/96 Aces/Service errors 65/127
Grace Cleveland, 179 (3.51 k/s) Kills leader Emily Londot, 209 (3.87 k/s)
Hayley Bush, 518 (10.16 a/s) Assist leader Mac Podraza, 637 (12.02 a/s)
Jena Otec, 214 (4.12 d/s) Digs leader Kylie Murr, 249 (4.61 d/s)
8:43 pm, October 14, 2021

AVCA rankings

Purdue and Ohio State are both ranked in the top 10 in the latest AVCA rankings. They're one of four Big Ten teams to slot in the top 10 — No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 9 Nebraska are the others.

Here's the most recent top 25:






1 Texas (64) 1,600 13-0 1
2 Louisville 1,534 14-0 3
3 Wisconsin 1,461 13-1 4
4 Pittsburgh 1,311 15-1 2
5 Kentucky 1,286 11-3 5
6 Purdue 1,272 13-2 6
7 Ohio State 1,208 14-2 7
8 BYU 1,154 16-1 9
9 Nebraska 1,096 12-3 10
10 Washington 931 11-3 11
11 Baylor 910 9-4 12
12 Minnesota 892 8-5 8
13 Oregon 848 14-2 14
14 UCLA 802 12-2 16
15 Penn State 722 12-4 13
16 Georgia Tech 689 13-3 18
17 Utah 606 11-4 15
18 Stanford 554 9-5 17
19 Creighton 416 17-2 19
20 Western Kentucky 386 16-1 20
21 Tennessee 362 14-3 22
22 San Diego 248 12-3 25
23 Florida 170 11-6 20
24 Pepperdine 105 13-2 23
25 Washington State 74 9-6 NR