Ohio came into their regular season finale hotter than ever. Winners of 11 straight and the last five games being three set sweeps that included a MAC Tournament Championship.
The Green and White had to take the trip to Richmond over Thanksgiving Break to end the regular season with a matchup against VCU, a trip that ended in a 3-1 loss to the Rams.
Ohio stayed hot in the first set against the Rams, going on a 15-4 run to open up the match. The largest lead of the set was a 24-9 before the Green and White finished off the set by a 25-13 score.
A VCU 12-4 broke a nine all tie in the second set and gave the Rams a 21-13 lead. Saige Gallop would soon finish off the set with a kill that tied the match at 1-1 each. o
The Rams used a 6-1 run to overcome an early four point deficit in the third set. A 6-2 run later in the set put the Rams up 21-18. Ohio would rally off five of the last seven points and a Liis Kullerkann kill tied the match at 25 all. The Rams got a point on a service error by Alexis Pinson which followed with an ace from Samantha Blaze. 27-25
Each team went back and forth in the fourth set until VCU went off on a 10-2 run to go up 20-12 and ultimately put the match away. The Green and White were able to battle back and get 10 of the next 14 points to cut the lead too just two. But Romana Kriskova’s kill ended the match and gave the Rams the victory over Ohio.
Ohio was led by Liis Kullerkann, Katie Horton and Karin Bull who all tallied double digit kills with a combined 34 total. Abby Gilleland tallied 41 of the 52 assists for Ohio on the day. Three Ohio members tallied double digit digs as well as Abby Gilleland had 11 to lead the team and Kelly Lamberti and Meredith Ashy each had 10.
For VCU, Kriskova led the way with 16 kills and also tallied 13 digs which was good for second on the team behind Amanda Love’s 18.
For Ohio, it capped off a fantastic year as they finished the regular season 27-5 , 14-2 MAC and for the sixth time in history won the MAC Division and the MAC Tournament.
It will be the waiting game for the Green and White as they will watch on ESPNU Sunday Night to see what seed Ohio will get in the NCAA Tournament.