The Ohio Bobcats took care of business Saturday as they wrapped up the Millennium Hotel Invitational on a high note yesterday, defeating Ohio State in their early game 3-1 (28-26, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21) and beating Syracuse in four sets as well (25-22, 25-15, 16-25, 25-13).
In the first set against Ohio State, both teams battled early. A 3-0 Ohio run broke a 10-all tie and eventually led the Bobcats to a six-point advantage. Ohio State would respond with an 8-2 run to go up 24-23. Facing a one point deficit, Abby Gilleland and Karin Bull combined for four consecutive kills to win the first set, 28-26.
The Buckeyes came out strong in the second set, opening up an early 10-5 lead. The turning point came with the Buckeyes up 15-10, Ohio chipped the lead to one and eventually tied it up at 20 as OSU’s Kylie Randall’s attack went wide.
Ohio (6-3) would score five of the next six points finished by a kill by Kelly Lamberti to put the Green and White up 2-0 in the game.
The third set was even throughout. After four lead changes, OSU scored the final two points to stay alive in the match and make it 2-1 with a 26-24 set win.
In the fourth set, it was once again a close one. A 6-1 run by Ohio to go up 24-19 set up the final kill by Karin Bull to give Ohio the 3-1 victory over Ohio State.
Ohio was led by three players with double digit kills: Lamberti, 17, Bull, 12, and Jaime Kosiorek, 10.
Meredith Ashy had 25 digs in the win and Mallory Salis also had a strong game, finishing with 16 digs.
Ohio State (5-3) was led by Erin Sekinger, who had 16 kills and Luisa Schirmer had 18 digs in a losing effort.
The Bobcats finished their double header with a win over Syracuse in the night cap.
Syracuse (5-4) was led by Silvi Uattara with 11 kills and 13 digs. Monika Salkute also had 14 digs.
Ohio once again was given a great game from Kelly Lamberti, who had 15 kills and 11 digs.
Meredith Ashy and Mallory Salis combined for 24 digs.
Ohio will be back in action riding a five-game winning streak as it travels to Evanston, Illinois, on Thursday to take on Northwestern.