After riding a five-game winning streak, the Ohio Bobcats fell to the Northwestern Wildcats with a 3-2 loss Thursday night at Northwestern.
The first set consisted of both teams battling for a lead as the score was constantly shifting from a Wildcat to a Bobcat advantage. With a 24-all tie, Ohio committed a service error and two attack errors in a row to give Northwestern a 26-24 set win.
With losing the first set, the Bobcats did their best not to repeat that effort.
Leading the Wildcats 4-3, Ohio went on a 11-4 run, thanks to kills by Jaime Kosiorek and Kelly Lamberti, to make the score 15-7.
The score got close at 24-22, but with an attack error by Northwestern’s Symone Abbott, Ohio pulled away with a second set win, 25-22.
The third set was all Northwestern. Trailing 8-4 early, Ohio was able to get the score to as close as 20-19. That was as close as the Green and White would get, though, as the Wildcats answered with a 5-2 run to finalize the set score at 25-21.
With the third set being all Northwestern (9-1), Ohio didn’t want to hand another set win over to the Wildcats.
Much like the first set, both teams consistently put forth all their effort to give their team a lead and eventually a victory.
Having a 20-20 tie, Ohio went on a 5-0 run thanks to kills by Hannah Burkle and Jamie Kosiorek. Northwestern also helped out with three attack errors.
With an Ohio (6-4) fourth set win, this led to the final and fifth set tie-breaker.
Not unlike some of the previous sets, this one consisted of a back and forth escapade. Neither the Wildcats nor the Bobcats wanted to fall in this set and give the other team the match win.
Nearing the end, Ohio held a 15-14 lead. Northwestern was able to answer with a 3-1 run, after two kills by Yewande Akanbi and an attack error by Jamie Kosiorek, to win the set 17-15.
Ohio was led by Kelly Lamberti with 23 kills and Jamie Kosiorek’s 21 kills. Abby Gilleland also had 54 assists.
Northwestern was led by Symone Abbott, who had 17 kills.
After a tough loss, Ohio looks to rebound against Green Bay on Friday evening in Evanston, Illinois.