In its first match of a four-match home stand, Ohio volleyball shockingly fell to Kent State in a four set thriller. Not performing up to par once again, the Bobcats lost their first home game since September 5th against Michigan.
Karin Bull scored the first point of the match for the Bobcats. After Ohio dropped the next point, it reeled off four in-a-row to take a 5-1 lead. With Kent unable to handle a quick, dynamic attack from the home team, the lead was stretched to 9-3 before Kent State head coach Don Gromala called a timeout.
Following the timeout, Ohio continued its control of the set. A thunderous kill by the Bobcats’ Jaime Kosiorek increased the advantage to 16-5, and the Flashes called another timeout.
Ohio never looked back, taking the first set 25-13.
Kent took the first two points of the second set before an error put the Bobcats in the scoring column. Mallory Salis followed with a powerful back row attack, and the score was tied.
The teams traded points until the Flashes took a 10-8 lead. The visiting team eventually stretched its lead to 16-12, making Ohio head coach Deane Webb call a timeout. The Bobcats then executed a 4-1 run, and Kent called a timeout in response.
Following the timeout, Ohio surged back into the lead. A late run by Kent State, however, thwarted Ohio’s plans for a sweep. The Flashes stole the second set by a score of 26-24.
Following the intermission, the visitors looked as confident as they had all match. A selective and strong offense helped them leap out to a 7-4 lead. The Bobcats, appearing to be rattled by the comeback, had trouble scoring against the Kent defense as well.
Ohio struggled for the rest of the set, and the Flashes won by a commanding score of 25-13.
Finding itself down two sets to one, Ohio started the fourth set uncharacteristically sluggish. Errors were common for the Bobcats during the early points of the third set. Kosiorek got the team back on track, however, with a ten-foot line kill.
Ohio still trailed 11-7, though. While the Bobcats were competing better, the Flashes still controlled the game. The teams exchanged points until Kent stretched its lead to 18-10. Coach Webb called a timeout.
Tonight, however, Kent was not to be denied its victory. The team handed Ohio its third loss out of four games with a fourth set score of 25-20.
Kent was led by Challen Geraghty, who had an astounding 39 digs in the match. Kelly Hutchinson had 15 kills for the Flashes.
Ohio’s Abby Gilleland tallied 46 assists, and Shelby Walker added 11 kills.
The Bobcats fell to 20-6 (10-3 MAC) overall, while Kent improved to 16-9 (10-3 MAC).
Looking to reclaim sole lead in the MAC, Ohio takes on Central Michigan in Athens on Saturday, November 7th at 7 P.M.