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    Northwestern Drops Four-Set Decision To Ohio State in Columbus

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM The double-double by Alexandra Ayers was her third of the season.
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    The double-double by Alexandra Ayers was her third of the season.
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    Nov. 13, 2009

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Northwestern fought back from a slow start, but Ohio State proved to be too much as the Wildcats drop a 16-25, 27-25, 10-25, 15-25 decision at St. John Arena. NU remains in seventh place in the Big Ten standings with a 5-10 mark and are 14-13 on the year.

    Sophomore Alexandra Ayers (Playa del Rey, Calif./Marymount) came up big for Northwestern, leading the squad in both kills (11) and digs (13) for her third double-double of the season. Junior Sabel Moffett (Temecula, Calif./Chapparal) finished with 10 kills and three blocks while senior Ariel Baxterbeck (Menlo Park, Calif./Castilleja) added eight kills and seven digs. Senior Kate Nobilio (Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg) finished with 11 digs on the night.

    Junior Naomi Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) and redshirt freshman Kathryn Chrystal (Crystal Lake, Ill./Central) each knocked down five kills and added a block for the Wildcats in the middle as junior Elyse Glab (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) recorded a double-double of her own with 32 assists and 10 digs.

    After a competitive early start to set one, Ohio State (21-7, 9-6 Big Ten) began to take control. Holding a 6-5 advantage, the Buckeyes would tally 15 of the next 20 points to break the set open at 21-10. Northwestern staged a late rally, but it wasn't enough as Ohio State takes set one 25-16 despite three kills apiece from Ayers, Baxterbeck and Chrystal.

    The Wildcats took control early in set two, building a five-point cushion at 19-14 and seemed to have the set in hand. But a 10-3 Buckeye run would give Ohio State match point at 24-22. However, Northwestern would not only fight off two set points, but would put together a 5-1 run of its own and held off OSU 27-25, tying the match at a set apiece.

    But the momentum gained by the Wildcats was short-lived as the Buckeyes notched 15 of the first 18 in set three that edge. Ohio State would keep Northwestern at bay for the duration, taking set three comfortably at 25-10. The Wildcats were never able to recover, with set four playing out in similar fashion as the Buckeyes closed out the match with a 25-15 decision.

    Ohio State's Katie Dull finished with a match-high 20 kills, complimented by nine from Anna Szerszen and eight from Kristen Dozier. In a very unfamiliar fashion, the Wildcats, who rank third in the conference in blocks, were out-blocked by the Buckeyes 13-5.

    Northwestern is back in action tomorrow night, traveling to University Park, Pa., for a showdown with the top-ranked and undefeated Nittany Lions of Penn State. PSU topped fifth-ranked Illinois 3-0 Friday for its 91st consecutive win. The match gets underway at 6 p.m. CT, and due to a scheduling conflict will NOT be streamed live at BigTenNetwork.com as previously announced.