Volleyball: Ohio rolls past Western Michigan, remains undefeated in MAC

The Ohio Bobcats took care of the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday night in The Convo by a score of 3-1 – 25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-14 – to remain undefeated in MAC play and push their winning streak to 10 games.

With the blackout crowd to support them, Ohio jumped out to an early lead. The Bobcats rallied off a 13-1 run as six different Bobcats got in on the scoring as they took a 15-5 advantage, forcing a Broncos timeout. From there, Western Michigan was never able to string together a run longer than two as Karin Bull’s sixth kill of the set finished it off by a 25-16 mark and gave Ohio the 1-0 lead.

The second set was more of the same for the Green and White, battling Western Michigan closely at the beginning of the set. A late 5-1 Bobcat run propelled them to an 18-12 lead, which once again forced a timeout from the Broncos. Western Michigan was only able to cut the deficit to as low as four before it was Kelly Lamberti who finished off the set with a kill to give Ohio the 2-0 lead going into intermission.

Set No. 3 was a different story as Western Michigan came out firing on all cylinders, jumping to an early 7-2 lead. The two teams would both go on separate 5-1 runs as Ohio was able to cut the lead to just one at 16-15. The Broncos would ultimately win the set, 25-21, scoring the final two points of the set.

Ohio was determined to not let the game go into a fifth set, and for the third time in the game, jumped out to a big lead early. The Bobcats started with an 8-1 lead and quickly pushed it to a 16-5 before forcing a Broncos timeout. Western Michigan trailed by as much as 13 in the set but was able to cut down to eight after a late 5-0 run. Ohio would score four out of the final five points as Abby Gilleland’s kill finished the set and the Broncos, 3-1.

Ohio (16-4, 9-0 MAC) got another outstanding game by Kelly Lamberti as she tied her career high with 24 kills. Lamberti also tallied 17 digs. It is the fourth double-double for her in the last five games.

Meredith Ashy led the team in digs with 20, and Brooke Coleman had her third straight game with double-digit digs as she finished with 12.

For Western Michigan (15-9, 6-3 MAC), Ali Gossen led the team with 13 kills, and Sierra Hubbard-Neil led the team in digs with 29.

Ohio extends its winning streak to 10 games and will have its biggest test of the season on Saturday when it welcomes in Northern Illinois on the HallOUween edition of Ohio Volleyball. Northern Illinois sits atop the MAC West and is also a perfect 9-0 in the MAC.

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