After defeating Indiana (12-8, 3-5) Friday to extend its win streak to five games, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-6, 5-3) lost to No. 14 Purdue (17-3, 7-1) Saturday.
After being down 0-2, the Buckeyes took the next two sets against the Boilermakers before losing in a fifth set (19-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 9-15).
Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led the team in kills with 18, followed by junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell with 12. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin had 38 assists and three services aces and sophomore setter Maggie Heim added 13 assists. Sophomore libero Valeria León had 10 digs.
Redshirt-freshman setter Ashley Evans, a native of Liberty Township, Ohio, had nine kills, six digs and an assist for the Boilermakers.
Against the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes got a clean sweep (27-25, 25-17, 25-20).
Three Buckeyes had double-digit kills against the Hoosiers. Leading the way for all players was Campbell with 20 kills, followed by junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell with 13 and Sekinger with 11. Sherwin led all players with 45 assists. León had 11 digs and had the team’s only service ace.
After the short road trip, the Buckeyes are set to return to St. John Arena this week to face Michigan State (12-7, 5-3) on Friday and Michigan (10-8, 5-3) on Saturday. Their match against the Spartans is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and the matchup with the Wolverines is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.