Thursday night in The Convo marked the first MAC game for the Ohio Bobcats as they faced off against the Kent State Golden Flashes.
Spectators could tell that the Green and White were eager to get MAC play underway as they rolled passed Kent State in the first set, 25-11. Ohio was able to win by such a sizable margin thanks to the 12-5 run to start the set and never allowing the score to get closer than 13-8.
This sound set victory was not a tone setter for the rest of the match, though.
Right out of the gate in the second set, it was clear that the Bobcats were still relaxed and comfortable after winning by 14 points.
After committing several attack errors, a service error and a service ace Kent State was able to jump out to a 13-3 lead.
Throughout this match, though, there was a few glimpses of hope for the Bobcats.
With the score 13-4, Jaime Kosiorek contributed several kills to help Ohio go on a 4-2 run to make it closer at 15-8.
At 20-11, Ohio went on a 7-3 run to allow a set victory within striking distance at 23-18. That distance would soon become irrelevant as the Green and White’s Abby Gilleland committed an attack error and Kent State’s Sarah Mills served up an ace.
Having won the first set and lost the second, Ohio headed into intermission with each team tied at one apiece.
The third set did not look as if it belonged to anyone as the score would constantly shift from a tie to a one point advantage for both teams. Ohio prevailed, though, as it finished up the set with a 5-1 run to get another notch in that set win column with a final score of 25-21.
Kent State in the fourth set, much like the second set, looked to be the clear victors as they began with a 9-3 run. The Bobcats wouldn’t let this deflate their efforts as they then silenced the Golden Flashes to tie the score up at 10. For the remainder of the set each team fought hard to give their team a set win, and for Ohio, the first MAC win of the season.
Kent State’s Brittney Jakscht helped Ohio’s cause by committing a bad set and allowing Ohio to win, 25-22.
“We need to a better job of handling our emotions after we win a set pretty big,” Ohio coach Deane Webb said. “We went out in the second set pretty relaxed.”
Coach Webb also said that what they as a team learned is that this team can win a set even when they are not playing well.
Ohio’s Abby Gilleland recorded a career high in kills with 11, and also had her first triple double of her career.
“I’ve had success with Kent State being aggressive at the net in the past,” Gilleland said. “So I took advantage of it when I had the opportunity and it led to a triple double.”
With this victory the Ohio Bobcats improved to 8-4 on the season and 1-0 in the MAC.
Three members of the Bobcats had double digit kills. Kelly Lamberiti and Jaime Kosiorek both had 13 and Abby Gilleland had 11.
Kent State fell to 8-6 overall and 0-1 in the MAC.
The Golden Flashes were lead by Tin Adermi-Ibitola, who had 17 kills, and Brittney Jakscht, who had 41 assists.
Ohio takes on another MAC opponent Saturday as it travels to Central Michigan to face the Chippewas.