OHIO STATE RALLIES PAST VCU, 3-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.) led Virginia Commonwealth University with 10 kills, but Ohio State stormed back from an early deficit for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16) win Friday evening at St. John Arena.

The Rams, who fell earlier in the day to Ohio University, are 0-2. It was VCU's second straight match against an NCAA Tournament squad from a year ago.
 
Senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho) added six kills and hit .250 for the Rams, who hit .063 for the match. Freshman setter Ciara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) provided 23 assists, five digs and three kills.
 
Sally Barhorst led the Buckeyes, who reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, with 13 kills and a .750 hitting percentage. Katie Dull added 12 kills for OSU (1-0).
 
VCU burst out of the gate, hitting .520 with zero hitting errors on the way to a 25-17 victory in the first set. Frey and Clegg led the Rams with three kills apiece in that frame.
 
However, it was all Buckeyes the rest of the way. Ohio State hit .340 for the match and out blocked the Rams 15-3.
 
Despite the score, Rams Head Coach James Finley is encouraged by his team's progress in the face of VCU's challenging early schedule.
 
"All in all tonight, we played with a lot more effort and a lot more as a team," Finley said. "We played whole lot better defense.  We're still learning how to dig a ball when a hitter goes over our block. Some of those type of things. We served more aggressive, made better decisions in setting position. I thought Ciara Brown grew up a lot today."
 
The Rams get back to work on Saturday, Aug. 28, when they take on 21st-ranked Dayton at 7 p.m.