Bobcat volleyball steamrolls Buffalo as the winning streak reaches 5

By Paul Monnin

The Bobcat volleyball squad took care of business at Convocation Center Saturday night, winning their fifth straight match, extending their consecutive set streak to 15, and disposing of Buffalo in three sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-17).

The Bobcats maintained control throughout the match. After a 13-13 start, the Bobcats went on a 12-5 run to take the first set and never looked back. Outside hitters Kelly Lamberti and Chelsea Bilger led the way for the Bobcats on offense, combining for 12 kills and just 4 errors. Senior Leah Petrovich and sophomore Serena Warner also turned in notable performances, with Petrovich racking up 25 assists and Warner totaling seven kills and three aces.

“When we get our offense rolling, which we have had the past couple matches, we can be tough to beat,” head coach Ryan Theis remarked after the match. “We have one of the better defenses in the league. If we get our offense going, we’re pretty good.”

The Bobcats have demonstrated a strong preference to playing at home this season. The 10-8 Bobcats are 8-2 at home and have not lost at the Convocation Center since falling to Oregon on Sept. 2.

“It’s been nice to have these last four at home,” coach Theis said. “We seem to be pretty good in this building this year.”

The Bobcats sit in second place in the MAC East, one game behind Bowling Green. The Bobcats will face Toledo and Ball State on the road before returning home to face Northern Illinois on Oct. 19.

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Volleyball shines while shutting down Akron star

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.

Bobcat volleyball takes the lead in opening tournament

By Taylor Petras

The Ohio Women’s Volleyball team faced their first opponent, Niagara, in the Bobcat Volleyball Invitational Friday afternoon. The Bobcats swept the Purple Eagles 3 sets to none.

Niagara who now stands with a record of 3-4 struggled against Ohio in the first set. However, they proved to be more of a challenge to the Bobcats in the later sets of the match.

Ohio dominated the first set, winning by a score of 25-13. Ohio’s offense was too much for the Purple Eagles to handle. Although they were getting hands on the ball, Niagara could not block Ohio’s powerful hits. Sophomore outside hitter, Kelly Lamberti, was the Bobcats go-to-girl throughout the entire match. In this set alone she recorded 7 kills. Lexie Hartnett followed her with 4 kills, while Faith Robinson tallied 3 kills and a block.

Niagara would force Ohio to work for their second win of the match. The Bobcats would score the first 3 points with a kill by Lamberti. Hartnett added on to Ohio’s run of offense along with Chelsea Bilger and Serena Warner, who ended the set with 2 and 3 kills respectively. The Purple Eagles were forced to call a timeout with the Bobcats leading the way at 15-9. The timeout was the spark that Niagara needed to make a come back. The came would tie at 19 with service errors and net violations from Ohio. However, Ohio would pull ahead and win the set 25-20.

In the third set it was Niagara who went on a 3-0 run to start. The score was close until point 7 when Ohio took the lead from a kill by Bilger. The score swayed back and forth between the two teams until once tied again at 13.  The Bobcats continued to exchange kills with Niagara all the way to the 18-point mark. From there the Purple Eagles began to make offensive errors that ultimately cost them the game. Lamberti and Bilger both ended the set with 4 kills each, followed Hartnett with 2 kills and a block.

Ohio will be back in action tonight at 7p.m. against Belmont.