The Girl in the Pressbox: Looking forward to the MAC

It’s not often noted or as highly celebrated as the football or men’s basketball victories, but the women’s sports at Ohio University have a storied history, too. The Ohio volleyball team captured MAC championships from 2003-2006 and 2008-2010. The field hockey team took home titles in 1981, 1987, 2001, 2006-2007, 2009 and 2011. The women’s soccer team topped the MAC in 1998, 2001 and 2004.

The teams look to write more history this year.

Many college teams look good on paper, but they will all start over at 0-0 in the coming weeks. Conference play is upon college teams all across the country, including the Bobcats.

The early season success of all teams can’t be ignored, but what it really comes down to is the MAC and how Ohio University teams stack up against other conference teams.

With the football team getting extra preparation time with a bye week this weekend, other teams will be gearing up for the crucial part of the season.

This weekend has an interesting slate for Bobcat fans who are looking to fill their sports void this weekend. Hey, you might like what you see.

While the impressive Ohio volleyball team (10-2) is out of town this weekend, they will look to carry their winning ways into Buffalo for their first MAC game. Ohio, ranked No. 22 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll this week, has already taken on tough opponents.

Buffalo volleyball (12-1) will be a challenging start for the Bobcats, but after going against other ranked teams, they have prepared well.

When the Bobcats return home to go head to head against Miami on Oct. 4, pack the Convo to show support for a team who is poised to cause havoc in the MAC standings.

The Bobcat field hockey team (2-5) is also out of town this weekend and won’t be facing a MAC opponent until Miami comes to town Oct. 5. With a tough start to the season, the Bobcats will look to get back on track after repairs to Pruitt Field have kept them away to this point in the season.

The women’s soccer team (4-2-2) will give Bobcat fans their fix this weekend when they take on Bowling Green Friday at 4 p.m. and Central Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m.

Speakeasy Sports soccer beat writer Bez Saciri previewed the game earlier this week.

The team carries momentum into this weekend, after a slight misstep this past Friday in Cleveland. After 110 minutes of play, including two overtime periods, and 24 shots on Cleveland State, Ohio couldn’t find the back of the net. At the end of the second overtime period, Ohio and Cleveland turned in a draw with a 0-0 score.

Going into the game, the Bobcats were coming off of four consecutive wins. They will look to get their MAC record off to a good start and continue their winning ways at Chessa Field this weekend.

MAC play will be crucial for all teams involved this season. The volleyball and soccer teams are competitive and looking to add a title this season. Soon we will know just how likely that will be.

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