Sept. 3, 2011
Lexington, Ky. - Katie Post matched her season-high with 15 kills but Ohio was defeated by Western Kentucky in the final match of the Kentucky Classic, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, 27-25.
Post was named to the All-Tournament Team after racking up 23 kills and 24 blocks over the two days. Kelly Lamberti also had 15 kills in the match for Ohio and finished with 33 for the weekend to lead the 'Cats. Ohio finished with 13.5 team blocks as Post led the way in that category with nine.
Ohio trailed by as many as four in the first set at 18-14, but scored nine of the next 11 points to go ahead 23-20. WKU would claw back to within one at 24-23 but Post's fifth kill of the set won it for the Bobcats. The senior helped Ohio hit .290, their highest attack percentage for the match. Leah Petrovich had 11 of her team-high 30 assists as the Green & White gained a 1-0 lead in the match.
Ohio fell behind 4-0 in the second set and put together a five-point string to even things at 10-10. WKU responded though by taking 10 of the next 12 points en route to evening the match with a 25-15 second-set win. Paige Wessel and Melanie Stutsman each had four kills to pull the 'Toppers even.
WKU jumped on Ohio again out of the intermission when it grabbed an 8-1 lead to start. Ohio eventually cut the lead to 14-10 after a kill by Post but WKU answered with four-straight of its own to push the lead back to eight. Trailing 23-15, Ohio got a kill from Lamberti along with blocks by Post, Faith Robins and Marah Farage to trim the deficit to 23-19. However, the 'Cat rally fell short and they dropped behind two sets to one in the match.
Ohio led the fourth set 3-1 before allowing five straight from WKU and eventually falling behind by seven at 15-8. The Bobcats clawed back to even things at 21 behind a couple kills from Lamberti and a few blocks from the freshman and Lexie Hartnett. A Lamberti ace actually gave Ohio a chance to draw even as the team went ahead 24-22 but WKU rebounded to take a 25-24 lead. With the score knotted at 25, kills by Jordyn Skinner and Heather Boyan won the match for the Hilltoppers. Lamberti finished with six kills while Post also racked up six kills on only 11 swings.
Ohio hosts the Baymont Invitational next weekend as it hosts Louisville on Friday night at 7 p.m., Marshall on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and Virginia on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.