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.

Ohio women’s soccer falls short to rival Miami

By Lindsay Bannister

On Friday, September 28th, Ohio’s women’s soccer team played Miami of Ohio at Chessa Field. The Redhawks won the game against the Bobcats, 1-0, carrying on their winning streak against rival Ohio since 2008.

In the first half, Miami had one shot on goal while Ohio had two. Yet neither team had success with a goal. Ohio fouled seven times in the first half, Miami six.  In the second half, Miami came out with ten more fouls and nine shots on goal, Ohio fouled three more times, and had one more shot on goal.

Miami’s Jess Kodiac scored in the seventy-sixth minute with an assist from Haley Walter on a rebound. In total, Miami’s goal keeper, Allison Norenberg saved three goals, and Ohio’s goal keeper, Mattie Liston saved nine.  After the game, Mattie Liston stated that the team is going to “work on coming out stronger in the first half” in order to improve in the weeks to come.

Beat up Bobcats remain undefeated

By John Kocsis

Saturday Sept. 22-The tone of the game was set very early by the Norfolk State Spartans. On the opening kickoff the Spartans had two number sevens on the field, wide receiver Wilonte’ Roscoe and linebacker Lynden Trail, which resulted in a five-yard penalty. On the very next play, running back Brandon Riddick fumbled the ball, and Ohio recovered it on the 20-yard line.
The Bobcats’ possession started off slowly, but after a false start on third and goal, quarterback Derrius Vick completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to a fading Donte Foster in the right-hand corner of the end zone. Matt Weller tacked on the extra point to make the score 7-0 in favor of the Bobcats.
Norfolk State’s next possession ended in a three and out, resulting in no yards. After receiving a punt, Ohio’s offense started at the Spartan’s 30-yard line, resulting in Vick throwing screen out to running back Beau Blankenship, who ran in for a 24-yard touchdown with 9: 32 left in the first quarter.
The Spartans’ next possession also resulted in yet again, another three and out, while the Bobcat’s received the ball on Norfolk State’s side of the field. After gaining 10 yards, Weller drilled a 49-yard field goal through the uprights to make the score 17-0.
Ohio led 34-0 at the half, and Vick was 11-15 passing and threw for 149 yards and three touchdowns.
In the second half, Blankenship became the first Ohio running back to rush for at least 100 yards in four consecutive games since Kalvin McRae did in 2007. He finished the game with 109 yards rushing and one touchdown rushing as well as one receiving touchdown and an average of 4.4 yards per carry.
The Bobcats’ offense was on the field for 32:07 compared to the Spartans’ 27:53, they were also more efficient, converting on seven of their 16 third downs compared to Norfolk State’s three for 15. Ohio’s defense found ways to force turnovers, the Spartans turned the ball over five times, three of which were fumbles.
Norfolk State slowed down the Bobcats’ offense in the second half, only allowing 10 points, but they didn’t get on the board until running back Randy Maynes pounded the ball into the end zone from seven yards out with 4:28 left in the fourth quarter. Spartan kicker Everett Goldberg scored a 42-yard field goal with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter to make the final score 44-10, Ohio.
Matt Weller converted three of his six field goal attempts; all three of his misses were in the second half. The three he converted were for 49 yards, 40 yards and 31 yards. Derrius Vick filled Tyler Tettleton’s role at quarterback, completing 14 of his 20 passes for a total of 199 yards and four touchdowns. He didn’t throw any interceptions. Donte Foster led the team with five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Next Saturday at 3: 30, the 4-0 Bobcats will travel to Gillette Stadium to play the 0-4 University of Massachusetts Minutemen.

OU Hockey team wins home opener

By Alexander Utano

The Ohio University Hockey season has started out with a full swing with their win against John Carrol this past Friday night with a winning score of 9-1.  Coach Dan Morris said that one of the keys to the game was a quick start, and the Ohio Bobcats went out and got it. Freshman Michael Harris’ goal came just 30 seconds into the first period was just the beginning of a high scoring victory for the Ohio Bobcats in front of a packed Bird Arena crowd.

Harris’ goal was the first of his ACHA career and gave the Bobcats an early lead. Goaltender Fedor Dushkin made some saves throughout the first period, but John Carroll struck back, tying the game as the period closed down.

Another early goal by Zandon Dover off a scramble in front of the net gave the Bobcats the lead right back less than five minutes into the second period. A few minutes later, Whestsel increased the lead to 3-1, throwing the puck in front of the net and having it deflect off a skate. The Bobcats scored one more time with a goal from Jonathan Gulch to give the Bobcats a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame.

Michael Harris continued to impress in his first game, scoring again to make it 5-1 Ohio. That was when the Bobcats turned on the heat, as De La Torre made it 6-1 moments later. Following the play, Mike Kretz scored his first goal of the season. The game ended in a 9-1 Ohio Bobcats victory, leaving the large crowd that came out to support OU hockey proud and happy. The Bobcats will rematch John Carroll Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bird Arena.

Bobcats Remain Perfect at Home

By Chris Saulnier

On a mostly cloudy day at Chessa Field the Ohio University women’s soccer team provided a ray of sunshine defeating Cleveland State 2-1. Two of the games three goals were scored in the first eleven minutes of the game. The first coming from Ohio freshman Holly Harris off a hard shot near the post. It was the first goal of her collegiate career. Less than two minutes later a strike from Cleveland State’s Vickie Havas caught Ohio goalkeeper Mattie Liston off guard to tie the game. The remainder of the first half was a defensive battle. Ohio only allowed 3 total shots on goal. Ohio also outshot Cleveland State 6-to-1 in the first 45 minutes.

As the teams took the field for the second half there was a change in the net for Ohio who went with Nicole Amari between the pipes. Continuing to play solid defense throughout the second half Ohio’s moment came when Harris converted a Cat Roger’s corner kick for her second goal of the game.  The rest of the match was defined by the Bobcat’s tough defense and Ohio’s third goalie Rachel Fryan’s solid effort in goal.

Overall the Bobcats shot 15 times to Cleveland State’s 6 and used one of their five corner kicks to score while Cleveland State’s 3 corner kicks proved unproductive. Despite giving up 2 goals, Cleveland State’s Becca Coleman had 5 saves. Each Bobcat goalie had a save of their own bringing the team total to 3. The win improved the Bobcats record to 4-3 and kept them undefeated at home (3-0). The team’s next game will be Friday, September 14 as the Bobcats host the Youngstown State Penguins at 4:00 p.m.

Bobcats Pull Away at Peden, Defeating New Mexico State

By Paul Monnin,

After upsetting Penn State in their season opener on the road last week in Happy Valley, the Bobcats came out with a strong showing in their home opener, defeating the New Mexico State Aggies in commanding fashion, 51-24.

The Bobcats pulled away in the third quarter, scoring 24 unanswered points to take control. After a five-yard touchdown run by Beau Blankenship put the Bobcats ahead 31-17 with 6:44 remaining in the third, the defense sealed the deal. On the first play of the ensuing Aggies drive, redshirt sophomore Nathan Carpenter intercepted New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Manley’s pass and returned it for a touchdown, all but ensuring the win for the home team.

Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton had a strong outing for the second straight week, completing 15 of his 23 pass attempts for two touchdowns and running for another in just three quarters of work. The redshirt junior compiled 275 total yards before being relieved by backup Derrius Vick.

Blankenship also impressed the fans at Peden Stadium, running for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

The Aggies played the Bobcats tough in the first half and pulled within four points with a field goal early in the third quarter. On the ensuing Bobcats drive, Tettleton connected with wide receiver Tyler Futrell on a 50-yard passing play that set up a 37-yard field goal by Matt Weller, igniting the Bobcats 24-point run.

The night was particularly special for Weller, as the Bobcats kicker became Ohio football’s all-time leading scorer.

Next week, the Bobcats will travel to Huntington, WV to face off with Marshall. The Thundering Herd will be seeking revenge after being humiliated by the Bobcats last year in Athens by a score of 44-7.