No. 1 seeded Ohio captured the MAC title as they capped off a dominating tournament with a win over Eastern Michigan in three sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-19) and also earned a spot in the 2013 NCAA Championship.
Ohio finished off one of the more impressive headlines of the season, sweeping all three opponents in the tournament (Kent State, NIU and EMU).
Ohio wasted no time getting out to a hot start as Liis Kullerkann and Kelly Lamberti alone accounted for the first four Ohio points and helped the Green and White get out to an early 7-3 advantage. EMU could not stop the momentum of Ohio as they allowed runs of 7-2 and 6-1 that led to the first set win for Ohio.
In the second set, Ohio got a lot of help from two of their big scorers in Lamberti and Kullerkann. Combined they accounted for 13 total kills in the set and Katie Horton and Abby Gilleland added a few of their own. EMU’s Natalie Folk’s serve sailed wide and gave Ohio a 2-0 lead in the match going into halftime.
The two teams went back and forth in the third set. After evening the score at seven each, a 4-0 run by Ohio caused an EMU timeout. The Eagles were able to cut the deficit to just two at 16-14, but a 7-2 Ohio run set up the MAC Title winning kill by Karin Bull.
Lamberti and Kullerkann were huge for Ohio when they needed it most, accounting for 31 total kills (Lamberti 16, Kullerkann 15). Kullerkann also led the team with an impressive .667 kill percentage. Horton and Alexis Pinson also combined for 15 kills in the win. Gilleland had 41 assists in the win.
Defensively, Meredith Ashy led the way with 19 digs and also won MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player as she averaged just over 15 digs per game in the tournament.
Lamberti, with her impressive 16 kill performance, earned All-Tournament awards.
Ohio wins its ninth MAC Volleyball Championship and looks to finish their season with another win as they travel to play Virginia Commonwealth ( 25-7, 11-3) in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, November 30th.