By John Kocsis
The Bobcat volleyball team continued their home stand against Akron Friday and won in three straight sets. They improved their record to 9-8, breaking .500 for the first time this season. The Zips fell to 9-8, after losing three of their last four games.
The Bobcats are 7-2 this year at home, and all nine of their wins have come in straight sets. When they play three sets , they are 8-3, when they play four they are 0-4, and when they play five, they are 0-1.
The Bobcats won the first set 25-20, Kelly Lamberti led the way, with five of Ohio’s 14 kills. Ohio’s defense shut down Akron star Tina Dimitrijevs, who leads Akron with 202 kills on the season, averaging 3.31 kills per set. In the first set she only had four total attacks and one kill, but she also committed an error. Ohio led the entire set after they scored their 13th point and won it after their second set point.
The second set began with the teams battling back and forth. After Ohio tied it at 4-4, Akron went on a seven point run. They would retain the lead until Ohio scored their 22nd point, and led until they scored on their first set point opportunity, thus winning the set 25-23. In the second set Chelsea Bilger had six kills for the Bobcats , and 12 total attacks. Tina Dimitrijevs exploded in the second set however, recording six kills, two digs, and eight total attacks.
After the intermission, the Bobcats exploded on the court, beginning the third set on an 8-0 run and forcing Akron to extinguish both of their time-outs early in the set. Akron would slowly creep back into the set, but never came close enough to make a real impact, falling 25-17 to complete the sweep.
Chelseas Bilger had another seven kills in the third set, making her total for the set 17, with 37 total attacks on the match. Abby Gilleland led the Bobcats with 18 assists and Meredith Ashy had a game high 15 digs. Morgan Kuhn had a game high 28 assists for the Zips, and Dimitrijevs was again limited to just one kill in the third set, but recorded three errors.
Akron’s third set was sloppy, they recorded nine errors compared to only eight kills. Akron’s kill to error ratio, .133, was worse than Ohio’s, .264, throughout, but it also declined with each set, from .216 to .195 to -.029.
The Bobcats also out-killed the Zips 42-36. Their offense was more fluid and efficient throughout the game. Ohio will continue their home stand tomorrow night versus Buffalo at the Convocation Center at 7.