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Ohio State women’s volleyball advances to Sweet 16

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year after defeating No. 14 Tennessee in five sets on Friday.

Junior Mari Hole and Emily Danks led the way for the Buckeyes, totaling 22 and 18 kills respectively as OSU earned the 3-1 victory.

The match was at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., which gave the Volunteers a decidedly home advantage.

Tennessee took the early lead and won the first set, but OSU rebounded by taking the next two before winning the match-deciding fifth set, 15-12.

The win brings OSU’s record to 21-14 on the season.

Overall, Buckeye coach Geoff Carlston said he was pleased with the performance.

“Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick has a team with very few weaknesses,” Carlston said in a press release. “We knew we had to play nearly perfect to win.”

OSU beat Middle Tennessee State in the first round, 3-1, to earn the chance to play the Volunteers.

OSU next travels to Florida Saturday through Sunday to participate in the Gainesville Regional and will take on the winner of second-seeded Illinois and Marquette.

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