Bobcats roll over Kent to reach MAC semis

The Ohio Volleyball team had to feel confident going into the MAC tournament. ending the season on an eight-game win streak that included a 3-0 win over  Kent State.

Lets remember that back on October 10 it was the Golden Flashes that took out the Bobcats in 4 sets, handing them their 3rd loss of the season. But Kent State cooled off after a good start, losing 8 of their last 10 matches to end their 2013 regular season.

The momentum from the regular season carried into the tournament as Ohio for the second straight time swept Kent in straight sets (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) to move to the next round of the MAC Tournament in Geneva, Ohio.

Kent State kept up with Ohio throughout all 3 sets. A 9-3 run by the Green and White helped open their lead to five at 19-14. Kent was able to cut the lead to 2 at 23-21 until Geneva Yee, who has been brilliant this year with her serves, delivered an ace that gave Ohio a 1-0 lead in the match.

Kent State was once again able to jump out to an early lead in the second game at 8-4. But once again, an Ohio run set the tone for the game. Four Bobcats delivered kills and also got help from three errors from the Golden Flashes to cap off a 12-2 run to give Ohio a 16-12 lead.

After Kent responded with their own 5-0 run to take a 17-16 lead, both teams went back and forth as the set was tied at 22 each. Katie Horton delivered a kill and Kaylee Koller’s final serve flew out of play to give Ohio the set and a 2-0 advantage in the match going into halftime.

Both sets for Ohio were won because of dominating runs, and the third set was no different. This time the Green and White jumped to a 13-5 lead after trailing 3-0 to begin the set. Ohio then coasted to score 12 of the final 16 points as a spike by Kelly Lamberti sent Ohio to the 2nd round of the MAC tournament.

In the win, Ohio was led by Lamberti who tallied 13 kills and Katie Horton who had 11. Ohio had eight aces in the match as Mallory Salis had three of them. Abby Gilleland once again dominated the assist category for Ohio as she accounted for 37 of 42 assists.

Defensively, Meredith Ashy led the way with 11 digs.

Ohio’s celebration will be short-lived as they come back in action tomorrow as they face Northern Illinois at 2:30 p.m.

In one match this season against NIU, Ohio won in four sets on the road back on October 25.

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