Bobcats top Bulls in MAC opener

No. 22 Ohio opened up their MAC schedule as they took a trip east to meet the 12-1 Buffalo Bulls.

Ohio was coming off a 2-1 performance in the Michigan Invitational, while Buffalo was coming off getting their 12-game winning streak snapped against No. 13 Ohio State.

It was the Bobcat’s night in this Friday’s matchup as they played very well, defeating Buffalo (12-2, 0-1) in 4 sets (25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-12).

Ohio (11-2, 1-0) finished the first set strongly after exchanging blows with Buffalo. A 17-9 run helped the Bobcats take the first game with the help of Liis Kullerkann’s 7 kills.

Buffalo even things up in the 2nd set, as Carissa McKenna’s pair of kills led the Bulls to a 25-20 set win.

The 3rd set was huge for the Bobcats where they were tested but ultimately held on. With game point for Ohio, Buffalo rallied with 5 straight points to tie the set at 24 all. But Abby Gilleland’s 2 assists set up kills by Kelly Lamberti and Mallory Salis to give OU the set and a 2-1 lead.

The Lady Bobcats kept the momentum as they dominated the final set of the match. After opening to a 7-3 lead the Bobcats kept on the gas pedal, finishing the set on an 18-9 run to bump their record to 11-2 and giving them a huge road win in their first MAC matchup.

In a losing effort, Buffalo’s squad was led offensively by 3 players who racked up double digit Kills and Assists.

Carissa McKenna led the way with 13 kills while Tahleia Bishop and Liz Scott each posted 11 kills of their own.

Kelly Svoboda led the team with 30 assists and also had a team lead with 20 digs.

Bishop and Reinhart each added 12 digs as well.

While improving to 11-2, Ohio was led by Kelly Lamberti with 13 kills and Liis Kullerkann who posted 12 kills. Abby Gilleland dominated the assist category as she was responsible for 36/44 of the Bobcat’s assists.

Defensively for the Bobcats, Gilleland was huge again racking up 17 digs, just 2 behind Meredith Ashy who led the way for the Bobcats with 19.

Next for Buffalo (12-2 , 0-1 MAC) will be another home game against 7-6 Kent State riding a 4 game win streak.

For Ohio, winners of 7 of their last 8, will be a 2nd straight road MAC opponent, as they travel to Akron.

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