Robby Hamman | September 11, 2017
The Notre Dame volleyball team turned in an excellent performance on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion, defeating No. 24 Ohio State 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17) to stay unbeaten at home in 2017 with a record of 4-0. The win is Notre Dame's first over a ranked opponent since toppling No. 10 Louisville by a score of 3-2 on Sept. 23, 2012.
Sophomore Jemma Yeadon paced the Irish attack with 19 kills and added 19 digs to complete her double-double. Senior Sydney Kuhn also finished with a double-double, recording 16 kills and 13 digs. Junior Ryann DeJarld led Notre Dame in digs with 28 on the afternoon. The Irish block was in top form, finishing with 12.5 for the match as a team.
The Irish came out of the gates locked in on Sunday afternoon, taking the first set against the Buckeyes 25-22. The first frame was close for throughout, as neither side held more than a three-point advantage. Ohio State held a 13-10 lead but the Irish fought back to take six of the next nine points to tie it up at 16-16. The score moved to 21-21 and Notre Dame claimed the next three points off freshman Madison Cruzado's serve to help the Irish seal the opener.
Ohio State bounced back from the first set loss by winning the second stanza 25-21. The Buckeyes never trailed in the frame. With the set tied 15-15, Ohio State took the next four points to open up a four-point lead. Notre Dame fought back and drew within one at 21-20 but was unable to complete the comeback, as the Buckeyes leveled the match at 1-1.
Notre Dame came out of the 10-minute intermission refocused and ready to go from the start of the third set, as the Irish dominated the Buckeyes by a score of 25-14 to grab a 2-1 lead in the match. Notre Dame used impressive play at the net to build an early 13-4 advantage, posting five blocks in that span. The Irish led by as many as 12 points (21-9) en route to the third set victory.
The Irish were clinical in closing out the fourth frame, completing the victory by winning the fourth set 25-17. Notre Dame held a 12-10 lead midway through the set and then went on a run by claiming seven of the next eight points to take a commanding 19-11 lead. From there Notre Dame cruised to the win to notch its seventh win of the season.