It's Sandbothe vs. Sandbothe in the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament
It will be sister vs. sister Saturday night in the NCAA volleyball tournament's second round in Manhattan, Kansas.
Taylor Sandbothe, a senior middle blocker, will lead her Ohio State squad against host Kansas State, for which Elle Sandbothe is a freshman middle blocker.
The Buckeyes defeated Missouri State 3-0 on Friday in the first round, as Taylor got a team-high 16.5 points with 14 kills, three blocks and three digs. Then the Wildcats, who are the No. 14 seed, beat Lipscomb 3-0, as Elle scored 9.5 points with seven kills and five blocks.
Their parents, Mike and Teri Sandbothe, were both Missouri Tigers as Division I athletes in the 1980s. Taylor and Elle were Titans at Lee's Summit West High School just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The family will have split loyalties in Manhattan, which is a little over two hours west of Kansas City.
The winner of the Kansas State-Ohio State match will advance to the regional semifinals in Madison, Wisconsin, against the No. 3 seed Badgers.
Taylor was a first-team AVCA All-American last season and is finishing her career as one of the top players in Ohio State history. Earlier this week, she was a unanimous pick for first-team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row, getting 464 kills, 95 digs and 123 blocks during the regular season. She scored a team-best 567 points for Ohio State, which is now 21-12.
Elle played in 19 regular-season matches for K-State, getting 81 kills, 13 digs and 52 blocks. She had 109 points for the Wildcats, who are now 21-9.
Mike Sandbothe played basketball for the Tigers from 1985 to 89, while at the same time Teri (LeBlanc) Sandbothe was a four-time All-American and seven-time Big Eight champion in track and field, competing primarily as a heptathlete. Incidentally, their alma mater, No. 15 seed Missouri, advanced to volleyball's sweet 16 on Friday with a 3-1 victory over Purdue.