Ohio State women's volleyball falls in the Sweet 16

Lori Schmidt
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg led her team to a 27-5 season and a second straight run to the Sweet 16.

The Ohio State women's volleyball team saw their season come to an end in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. 

The No. 9 Buckeyes fell to No. 8 Georgia Tech in a straight sets (22-25, 24-26, 21-25) Thursday afternoon at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. 

"I’m sick of Sweet 16s already," said junior setter Mac Podraza. 

Ohio State was eliminated at the same stage last year when OSU fell to Florida in a regional semifinal. 

"It is always tough to lose the last match of the season," said coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg, "but I am proud of this group and where we have come in a short amount of time." 

Buckeyes freshman Arica Davis recorded a match-high four blocks to bring her total for the season to 146. That's the third best single-season total in school history. Vanja Bukilic tallied a season-high nine kills in the loss.

Still, the end of the 27-6 season stings for an Ohio State team that was hoping to make the Final Four, which is being staged in Columbus at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 16 and 18.

"There's nothing to hang our hat on because we have a lot more to do, and there's a lot more we want to do," said Podraza, "but there's a lot to be proud of. We're already talking about a Big Ten championship next year. We're ready to go."