The Ohio Bobcats rolled over the Bowling Green Falcons on Friday to extend their winning streak to 16 games and remain undefeated in MAC play.
With the 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-14) win, Ohio clinched its second straight MAC championship, as well as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament.
In the first set, Ohio (22-4, 15-0 MAC) build an early 8-5 lead, but a 5-1 Falcons run gave them an early 10-9 advantage. Ohio responded with a 5-1 run of its own to take a lead it would not surrender. Kelly Lamberti and Karin Bull had the final two kills for the Bobcats to give them a 1-0 set lead.
Bowling Green (7-20, 4-11 MAC) had an impressive 9-2 run early in the second set and took a 16-11 lead. Ohio would answer the Falcon momentum, going on an incredible 13-2 run to retake the lead. Karin Bull would finish off the second straight set, giving Ohio the 2-0 lead going into the break.
Ohio dominated the third set, taking an early lead and never letting go. The Green and White had runs of 6-0 and 5-0 to complete control the set, winning 25-24, and 3-0 overall.
In the win, Bull and Lamberti each had double-digit kills, with Bull finishing with 13 and Lamberti with 10. Three different Bobcats finished with double-digit digs, with Abby Gilleland leading the team with 12.
In a losing effort, Bowling Green’s Jelena Sunjic led the team in kills with eight. Madeline Garda also had 25 digs for the Falcons.
“I’m a very excited player and I get fired up about my kills and other peoples’ kills, too,” Mallory Salis said. “You gotta be loud and earn the right to celebrate.”
“We got a lot of momentum and I hope we can get this thing rolling through the tournament,” Ohio coach Deane Webb said.