Aug. 27, 2010
Ohio Volleyball vs. VCU
ATHENS, Ohio - Senior Sue Jacobi led Ohio with 11 kills and helped pace a Bobcat offense that hit. 432 in a season-opening 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16) win over VCU in the Convo this morning.
The balanced attack saw seven players record kills and five hit over .500 for the match. Jacobi (Louisville, Ky.) finished with 13.5 points while Mandy Nichols (Greenwood, Ind.) added 12 (10 kills, .643 hitting percentage) and Katie Post (Streamwood, Ill.) added 10 (eight kills, .800 hitting percentage). As a team, the Bobcats hit .650 in the first set and .448 in the second set.
"I thought all of of our attackers were getting good looks and when that happens, we're a pretty good offensive team," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "Mij's [Michelle Jantsch] distribution was great today and she also scored some points for us which was good to see."
Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan.) finished the match with a game-high 32 assists to go along with five kills (.571 hitting percentage) and six digs. Meryl Bender (Yorktown, Ind.) led the Bobcats with eight digs while Jacobi, Nichols and Nicole Staverman (Edgewood, Ky.) each had five.
Ohio never trailed against the 2009 CAA Regular Season Champions and nice job of neutralizing the attack of the Rams.
"VCU is a very athletic team," Theis said. "I think we did an outstanding job today to come out in an early-morning environment and play well against a tough team."
The Bobcats picked up where they left off last season when they were one of the best blocking teams in the nation with 10 total blocks in the contest. Lexie Hartnett (Fairport, N.Y.) led the Green & White with six block assists and also picked up six kills (.364 hitting percentage). Faith Robins (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was second with four block assists and she also added for kills for Ohio.
"We had 10 blocks and I thought we could have had probably 15," Theis added. "Overall, I thought we had a good blocking effort today and as far as thing we need to improve on, I'd say passing and serving are the areas that still need a little work."
Overall, the 'Cats held a 32-20 advantage on digs, a 10-4 edge in total blocks, and a .432 to .078 margin in hitting percentage. VCU was led by Kristin Boyd (eight kills, 9.5 points) and Mariel Frey (six kills, 7.5 points).
Ohio now hits the road for two contests this weekend at Louisville. On Saturday afternoon, the Bobcats will play North Dakota State and on Sunday afternoon, they'll battle the hometown Cardinals.