Volleyball: Ohio extends winning streak to five with sweep over Akron

Fans flocked to The Convo wearing their pink attire for the annual Dig Pink game and came away having seen an 3-0 Ohio sweep over the Akron Zips.

Not only was each set a win for Ohio, but the Green and White were also able to mostly silence Akron’s hope of ever having a lead throughout.

The first set began with a 5-2 run by Ohio after a mixture of service aces, attack errors and kills. Akron was able to inch their way into almost taking over the lead at 10-8, but the Bobcats then went on a 15-6 stretch to close out the first set, 25-14.

With winning the first set by a comfortable margin, it is easy for a team to get relaxed and not be as dominant in the the next set. The Bobcats made sure that they wouldn’t get relaxed, only stronger.

Having an 8-4 lead early on, Ohio never let Akron get within three points. With the score 24-10, though, Akron scored three consecutive points to show the Bobcats that they weren’t quite done yet. Having the score already so heavily tilted toward the Bobcats’ side, the lead never felt threatened as Chelsea Bilger put an emphasis on this set win with a match point kill.

Coming out of intermission with a 2-0 lead, Ohio looked to finish out this match with an exclamation point.

The score got close with Ohio leading 10-7, but the Bobcats ran over the Zips and went on a 15-3 run to with the set, 25-10, and the game.

“It was a great game tonight,” Ohio coach Deane Webb said. “Our girls really played well.”

The annual Dig Pink game, which helps raise awareness for breast cancer, helped the Bobcats feel as if they were playing for someone more than themselves.

“It definitely inspired our kids tonight,” Webb said. “It’s a great cause and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

“I think our main focus was to go out there and have fun and just play for a purpose bigger than ourselves,” Ohio’s Shelby Walker said. “And I think we did that.”

Walker had a .500 attack percentage on the night and was one of three Bobcats – along with Karin Bull and Kelly Lamberti – to finish with seven kills.

Akron was led by Julia Smagacz, who had six kills, and Karley Kusan, who had 14 assists.

With the win, Ohio moves to 11-4 (4-0 in the MAC) and Akron falls to 7-12 (1-3 in the MAC).

This five-game winning streak helps Ohio keep possession of first place in the MAC East, and, with its next match against Miami, it hopes to add on another victory.

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