Ohio beats Western Michigan in critical MAC game

The Ohio Bobcats pulled out a major conference win against Western Michigan Saturday, beating them in five sets.

The ‘Cats and Broncos kept the score close throughout the first set, but Western Michigan held a small lead midway through at 13-12. They then opened up a 16-13 lead, gaining more momentum and control of the game. However a kill from Karin Bull and two errors from the Broncos let the Bobcats tie the score at 17.

The Cats kept the pressure on even after a Western Michigan timeout, holding a 22-19 lead and forcing the Broncos to call a second timeout. The timeout didn’t help. The Bobcats won the first set 25-22, ending on a 12-6 run. Karin Bull led the team with five kills and Alexis Pinson had four kills.

Ohio kept control in the second set as well, opening up to an 11-7 lead and forcing another Broncos timeout. WMU inched their way back, but two consecutive kills from Liis Kullerkann made it 14-11 and kept the cushion for the Bobcats.

Multiple errors from the Broncos didn’t allow them to get closer to Ohio, and they once again called a timeout trailing 17-13. However this time the timeout gave them a spark.

Western Michigan went on a 6-1 run and finished the set with a 25-22 win, evening up the match at one set apiece. Three kills by Alysia Baznik in the final four points for the Broncos were key to finish off the rally.

In the third set, it was the Broncos who jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. The Bobcats came back and cut the deficit to 13-11, and with kills from Kelly Lamberti and Abby Gilleland, they tied the game at 17.

Western Michigan kept the pressure on and took advantage of Ohio errors late, taking control late in the set and winning 25-22.

The Bobcats kept their composure and dominated in the fourth set. They opened up with a 7-2 lead and never looked back, holding leads upwards of seven and eight throughout the set. They tied the match at two winning 25-17.

In the final set, the Bobcats kept their foot on the gas pedal and took an early lead. They kept it going throughout the set, never letting Western Michigan take the lead. Ohio won the set 15-8 and the match, to improve to 8-2 in the MAC.

The Cats finished with 72 kills and a .235 hitting percentage on the night.

Ohio will come back home next weekend to take on Akron Friday night.

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