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Tigers Battle Ohio State in Tight Towson Invitational Finale

 

(Jarome, Towson)

TOWSON, Md. -- Despite an outcome of a 3-0 loss, the Towson University volleyball team battled Saturday afternoon with Ohio State. The Tigers hit .237 for the match, including .393 in the final set.

Towson (3-7) was paced by a pair of rookies as Emily Jarome (Padua) finished with 11 kills while Fay Bakodimou, who made her first career set start, knocked down eight kills. Junior Olivia Finckel had 10 kills as well.

Ohio State (8-1) saw Vanja Bukilic led the match with 15 kills while Mia Grunze had a dozen. 

How it Happened

  • In the opening set, Ohio State took a 5-3 lead, but the Tigers scored back-to-back points on Ohio State errors to notch the match.
  • As the Tigers trailed 7-6, Towson rallied with Jarome on the line to take a 10-7 lead and force a Buckeye timeout. The teams traded blows as Towson took a 22-17 lead. But Ohio State ripped off five-straight points to win the set 25-23.
  • The Tigers jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set, aided by a block assist from Bakodimou and Silvia Grassini. Ohio State tied the match 4-1 run that included two blocks.
  • After the tie, Towson surged again to take a 12-9 lead as Grassini and Finckel knocked down a would-be Buckeye attack. Ohio State rallied with a 7-0 run to take a 16-12 lead. Towson pulled back within one late in the set as Bakodimou scored a kill on a Kristin Spengler set. Ohio State scored the final two points of the set to win 25-22.
  • The visiting Buckeyes took a 6-4 lead in the third set before Towson nearly caught the visiting side, trailing 8-7 on a Grassini kill. After both sides traded chances, Towson reeled off three points to tie set game at 11-11.
  • Later in the third, Ohio State went on a five-point run to take a 20-14 lead. Towson stopped the run on a Jarome kill, but the Buckeyes knocked down three-straight for a 23-15 lead. Towson scored a 3-1 run before Ohio State scored the decided point for a 25-18 set win.

Behind the Numbers

  • Towson was paced by its pair of Jarome and Finckel with 11 and 10 kills apiece. Jarome finished with a match-high .444 swinging percentage.
  • Redshirt senior libero Anna Holehouse finished with 16 digs as she nears closer to the program's all-time career digs mark.
  • The Tigers combined for nine assists, including eight assisted blocks. Grassini contributed on four of those block assists.
  • Kristin Spengler finished with 15 assists while Marrisa Wonders put up 11 helpers.

Up Next for Towson

  • After a weekend hosting eight matches at SECU Arena, Towson returns home next week for the Tiger Invitational.
  • The Tigers will host six teams as they will be joined by UMBC, Ball State and La Salle.
  • Towson opens its play at the Tiger Invitational with a 7 p.m. match on Friday against La Salle. The Invitational formally opens at 3:30 p.m. with UMBC taking on Ball State.

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