Ohio State sweeps USC for third straight NCAA Regionals – Ohio State Buckeyes

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Columbus, Ohio – The No. 3-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (21-9, 15-5 B1G) swept (25-21, 25-17, 25-16) six-seeded USC (22-11, 13-7 Pac-12) on Saturday . Evening in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Covelli.

The first set was tied 11 times before Ohio State finished strongly to secure the 25-21 set win. The Buckeyes used two 4-0 runs to go 25-17 in the second set. Ohio State took control of the third set early and secured the 25-16 set win.

How it happened

Adria Powell and Emily Londot opened the scoring with a block as the teams traded pairs of points. USC had its first lead at 5-4. The result was tied six more times before the media timeout, with the Trojans holding the 15-13 advantage. Ohio State was 17-14 behind, but the Buckeyes scored three straight goals to level the set at 17 and took a 21-20 lead in a 4-1 run, forcing a USC timeout. OSU scored the last three points amid a second time-out for the Trojans to earn a 25-21 set win with an ace from Gabby Gonzales.

Ohio State again scored the first two points of the set before each team had three unanswered points. The Buckeyes used a 4-0 run to build an 11-6 lead amid a USC timeout. The Trojans called their second timeout of the set after a 3-0 run from Buckeye extended the OSU lead to 16-10. Ohio State capitalized on a 4-0 run and grabbed the last two points to cap a 25-17 set win with Londot’s 10th kill of the game.

The Buckeyes were strong early on, taking an 8-3 lead to force a USC timeout. Ohio State scored two more points from the timeout to extend its run to six unanswered points. Consecutive OSU points gave the Buckeyes a 13-5 advantage, resulting in the Trojans’ second timeout of the set. Ohio State extended its 22-9 lead to as much as 13 points. USC won back-to-back challenges at OSU match point before a kill by Gonzales sealed the 25-16 set win.


S1: setpoint

S2: setpoint

S3: match point

game notes

  • Ohio State is advancing to its third straight NCAA regional semifinals, making it its 19thth regional appearance as a program.
  • That’s the 11 of the Buckeyesth momentum of the season.
  • OSU’s nine serving aces have been in three-set games most of the season.
  • Emily Londot was the first in the match to reach 10 kills, making her 27thth time this season. She got a total of 13 kills tonight.
  • Kylie Murr was first in the 10-dig match and recorded 10+ for the 27thth time this season. Murr finished with 14 digs.
  • Sarah Sue Morbitzer (4) and Rylee Rader (3) each tied their career high at Assen.
  • Jenaisya Moore had her 22nd birthdaynd Game of the Season with 10 or more kills.
  • Gabby Gonzales moved up to 19th on the Buckeyes’ all-time career kill list as she now has 1,191 kills.
  • Adria Powell recorded her 400th Career kill and 200th career block.
  • S1: Ohio State hit .417 during the set.
  • S2: The Buckeyes didn’t follow suit after tying the set at three.
  • S3: OSU hit .464 in set and capped USC to .184.

what they said

  • Head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg: “Now is the time to review our schedule. I think those struggles early in the season and throughout the Big Ten really prepared us. I don’t know if there is another team that is better prepared. I’m excited about the conversations we just had in the dressing room. Last year it was a moment of relief and then it was like, “Let’s focus on Georgia Tech.” Now it’s like, “Let’s focus on us and we’re going to be great.” There is a different vibe and I love it.”
  • Senior libero Kylie Murr: “My last game in Covelli – I wouldn’t want to leave here any other way. It was a really good feeling to see everyone doing their job. Everyone had a smile on their face. It was just really fun. It was fun, every second of it.”
  • Senior outside of Gabby Gonzales: “What does this program not mean for me? This place has been my home for four years. Yes, thinking about it makes me a little sad but at the same time happy that we had such a good game. I’m really just proud to be here with all these girls, staff, everyone – it’s awesome. The environment we have created here. It wasn’t like that my freshman year and now that I’m coming in it’s a tough place to play. I’m really proud of how far it’s come.”


Ohio State will travel to the Texas regional site and take on the winner of No. 2 Minnesota and UNI on Thursday.