The Ohio Bobcats had a bad taste of their mouths last Saturday after losing to Ball State at home.
Ohio avenged their lost last weekend as they beat the Northern Illinois Huskies in 4 sets (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21) to give them win number 17 and their seventh win in MAC play.
Ohio came out of the gate slow.Aafter going back and forth with NIU the Huskies ended the game on a 3-1 run to end win the 1st set 25-22.
The 2nd set was better for the Bobcats, going on runs of 5-0, 3-1 and 3-0 to tie the match at 1 set each. Mallory Salis, Lamberti, Katie Horton, and Liis Kullerkann all racked up kills for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats then flipped a switch and dominated the rest of the match.
The Bobcats jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the third set with the help of a 7-2 run. NIU kept it close. After trailing 24-18 ,they cut the lead to 24-22 before it was Macenzie Roddy’s serve that sailed wide to give the Bobcats the third set.
Backed into a corner, the Huskies had no answers to the Bobcats aggressive play. Katie Horton and Mallory Salis each had a pair of kills as the Green and White opened up a 14-9. NIU was able to cut the Bobcats lead to one at a 19-18 score, but the Bobcats would get six of the next nine points as one of four Alexis Pinson kills gave the Bobcats the set and the match.
The Huskies were led by three players with double-digit kills. Sarah Angelos and Mackenzie Roddy each led the team with 11 kills, right behind them was Mary Grace Kelly who had 10 kills.
Defensively Justine Schepler led the way with 18 kills, Alexis Gonzalez, Roddy and Kayla Zeno all had double digit kills as well.
For the Bobcats on a winning night, Katie Horton stand up and take a bow, leading the way for the Green and White with 13 kills, and Kelly Lamberti had 11 of her own.
Devensively it was Meredith Ashy and Kelly Lamberti who combined for 34 digs, Abby Gilleland and Brooke Coleman each had 8 digs as well.
It was a big win for the Bobcats to overcome their loss last weekend to Ball State. They now sit at 17-4 overall and a 7-2 MAC record. They will travel to Western Michigan tomorrow for another MAC matchup.