COLUMBUS, Ohio – The American University women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to 12th-seed host Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles fell to the Buckeyes, 23-25, 11-25, 17-25 to end the year with a 28-7 overall record.
Ohio State got out to a hot start early in the first set, getting out to an 11-5 advantage. American continued to battle, but still trailed 20-14 late in the set. After the Eagles cut the margin to 21-19 with a block by Monika Smidova and Loren McKenzie, OSU came back to take a 24-20 advantage. American fought off three set points to get within one point, but the Buckeyes finished with a kill to earn the win in set one.
The Buckeyes dominated in set two, rolling to an 18-4 lead. With the Eagles scoring just three kills in the set, American never challenged, falling into a 2-0 deficit in the match.
The third set was much closer than the second, especially in the early going, but the Eagles never led or tied, as Ohio State hit a blistering .548.
Freshman outside hitter Aleksandra Kazala led the Eagles with eight kills and eight digs.
For the Wildcats, Taylor Sandbothe registered 15 kills, while Elizabeth Campbell added 14 kills.
"We played a really good team tonight and I'm proud of our team for hanging in there," said American head coach Barry Goldberg. "Ohio State grew in confidence after getting through that first game and put us on our heels in game two.
"As the match went on, they hit harder and harder, and we grew more tentative as time went on. They're a good team, and they played really well."
"I'm proud of our team. I thought it was a great season, especially with our win last night. I love our team."
The Eagles end the year with a long list of accomplishments to celebrate. In addition to recording a perfect 18-0 record in Patriot League play, American earned its 13th PL title and 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, along with its third NCAA Tournament victory in program history.
"Since this class arrived at American, we've been not only in the NCAA tournament, but competitive in the tournament," said Goldberg. "They have been an asset to our team that has helped us develop into a nationally respected program.
"What they have done in their careers has taken our program to a whole new place, and I'm certainly appreciative of everything they have done."