Ohio knew it had a tough matchup as it faced off with the No.2o ranked Michigan State Spartans (21-11) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio had been on a hot streak after sweeping the entire MAC Tournament, which added to a season high 11 game win streak.
Both teams gave it all they had throughout the match, but in the end it would be the Spartans coming out with a win in three straight sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-19).
Consecutive points in the first set for Ohio came from kills by Karin Bull that put the Green and White up four points early. But a 5-1 run by MSU tied the set up at 12 all.
Each team went back and forth for the remainder of the set. MSU rallied a run of 4-0, then Ohio managed the same to put the game at a 21-20 score. Three attack errors from Ohio led to the Spartans taking the set 25-21.
Building off their first set win, MSU came out strong to start set number two taking a quick 10-4 advantage. Ohio had to play from behind the entire set and managed to cut the lead to two after a late 4-0 run. But Alexis Matthews’s final kill put the green and white down two sets going into the half.
Five different Bobcats tallied kills in the third set getting out to a slim 12-11 lead. However, Ohio couldn’t overcome the dominating 10-2 run by Michigan State as Kelsey Kuipers block of Kelly Lamberti’s attack ended the season for the green and white.
Katie Horton and Kelly Lamberti each tallied double digit kills as Horton led the way with 12. Abby Gilleland led the way in the assists category with 35.
On the defensive side, Horton and Gilleland tied for second on the team with eight as Meredith Ashy led the way with 11.
- Ohio had a kill percentage of .190% as Michigan State finished at .250%
- Ohio couldn’t manage any blocks in the match while the Spartans finished with four.
- Both teams stats were nearly identical as each had 38 assists and MSU totaled just one more kill than (41-40) and Ohio had just one more attack than MSU (105-104).
- Offensively, Ohio committed eight more errors than the Spartans (29-21).
- Ohio won the dig battle 42-39.
Ohio’s loss ended one of the best seasons in school history; finishing with a final record of 27-6.
- Ohio finished with 27 wins.
- 11 game winning streak for the Green and White.
- Ohio finished 9-1 in neutral sight games and posted that same record in their home contests.
- 16 of their 27 wins were in straight sets.
- Winners of the MAC and the MAC Tournament.
It was a great season for Coach Theis and his team as they look to be back in the mix of the elite going into their 2014 campaign.