Volleyball: Ohio rolls past Virginia Tech

Abby Gilleland (No. 3) celebrates winning a point with Ali Lake. Ohio defeated Virginia Tech in four sets on Saturday. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

Abby Gilleland (No. 3) celebrates winning a point with Ali Lake on Friday. Ohio defeated Virginia Tech in four sets on Saturday. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

Ohio rebounded well after losing Friday night in straight sets to Texas A&M. After beating VCU 3-0 early on Saturday, the Green and White finished off their weekend with a 3-1 victory against Virginia Tech (25-23, 25-22, 28-30, 25-14).

Both teams battled hard in the beginning as three lead changes proposed that both teams were even. A 4-0 run by the Hokies but them up 22-19, but three errors down the stretch by Virginia Tech gave Ohio the first set win at 25-23.

Virginia Tech came out firing in the second set, taking a 19-12 lead and forcing an Ohio timeout. After the timeout, the Bobcats got it right as two aces by Meredith Ashy led Ohio on a 7-0 run to tie the set at 19 all.

Karin Bull and Kelly Lamberti’s back-to-back kills ended the set as Ohio took a 2-0 lead going into the intermission.

The third set saw Ohio lead for most of the time as it got out to an early 6-2 lead. Ohio kept the lead and had a three-point advantage when Virginia Tech’s four consecutive points put the Hokies up 23-22. The two teams battled evenly and fought to a 27-27 stalemate. After a Kelly Lamberti kill, Tech scored three straight points to win the marathon set 30-28. Lindsey Owens had six total kills in the set and the final two that sealed the set win.

A quick turnaround and a clean slate saw Ohio come out strong as both teams were exhausted after the third set. After battling early, Shelby Walker’s kill started an 11-2 Ohio run that forced two Virginia Tech timeouts.

With a commanding lead, Abby Gilleland’s kill gave the Bobcats a 25-14 set win and their second victory of the day to cap off their weekend.

“Very proud of our girls,” Ohio coach Deane Webb said. “This was a great team win.”

Kelly Lamberti led the way for Ohio with a triple double as she recorded 20 kills, 23 assists and 13 digs.

Meredith Ashy and Brooke Coleman were great once again last night as they combined for 36 digs in the victory.

Virginia Tech (2-4) was lead by Lindsey Owens, who recorded 23 kills while also putting up double digit assists.

Ohio (3-3) will now head to Cincinnati for the Millennium Hotel Invitational. On Friday, it will face Xavier and will have a double-header Saturday against Ohio State and Syracuse.

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