After splitting a pair of games in the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, VA last weekend, the Ohio Women’s Volleyball team (5-8,1-0) returned home and opened up conference play with a sweep (25-15, 25-23, 27-25) of the Akron Zips (5-8, 0-1).
Leading 9-7 in the first set, Ohio used an 8-2 run to take an eight-point advantage. The Bobcats cruised from there, winning the set, 25-15, with kills from Katie Nelson, Simone Miller, and Brooke Coleman to take the one-set lead.
Ohio trailed 18-16 in the second set, but scored seven of the next nine points to take a 23-20 lead. Akron did not go quietly, however, as Kayla Gwozdz’s kill tied the set at 23. Two plays later, though, Gwozdz’s spike attempt sailed out of bounds and Ohio took a 2-0 set lead into the intermission.
Ohio trailed in the third set, but once again answered with a big run. The Bobcats tallied six of the next seven points to take a 20-18 lead and force the Zips to use a timeout. Akron was able to force a 25-25 tie, but a kill by Jaime Kosiorek gave Ohio their fifth win of the young season.
It was Ohio Volleyball’s 12th consecutive victory over Akron.
Kosiorek was one of two Bobcats to record double-digit kills in the win. Ali Lake led Ohio with 17. Senior Mallory Salis led Ohio with 14 digs.
Patience Brown led Akron with eight kills.
With the victory, Ohio coach Deane Webb improved to 30-3 in conference play over his three-year tenure.
Ohio will stay at the Convocation in Athens on Saturday night to host Buffalo, a team that sits in the cellar of the MAC East with a 1-13 overall record. The Bulls were swept in their respective MAC-opener on Friday by Kent State.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.