ATHENS, Ohio - After sweeping the Oregon Classic last weekend, the Ohio University volleyball team picked up where it left off Friday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over Cincinnati (25-13, 25-14, 25-23) in its 2013 home opener.
Ohio moves to 4-0 on the year while the Bearcats fall to 0-4.
The `Cats hit at .292 for the match and held a 39-20 edge in kills. The Bobcats posted 51 digs to Cincinnati's 41 and tallied a +17 edge (37-20) in assists. Sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) hit at a .500 clip to lead the Ohio offense with eight kills. Bull also chipped in four total blocks for the `Cats.
Graduate middle blocker Alexis Pinson (Phoenix, Ariz.) added eight kills and two service aces, while freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.) registered eight kills and chipped in three blocks.
Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) - the reigning MAC Offensive Player of the Week - continued her strong start to the season with a match-high 27 assists while adding seven digs and four kills (.800).
Sophomore Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.) anchored the back line for the `Cats. Ashy notched a team-high 13 digs chipped in a service ace and five assists, while Salis notched her first double-digit dig match (11) of her career and added an ace.
The Bobcats jumped out to an 8-5 lead and utilized a 5-0 run from there to build an eight-point lead (13-5). A kill from Gilleland extended the edge to nine (18-9) and the Bobcats cruised to a 25-13 first-set victory.
The two teams played to an 8-8 tie in set one before the `Cats rallied with four-straight to go up 12-8. The lead ballooned to seven (18-11) after two-straight kills from Bull and a kill from Horton gave Ohio a 10-point cushion (24-14). The Bobcats won set two, 25-14.
The `Cats raced out to a 14-9 lead in set three before Cincinnati cut it to two at 16-14. The Bearcats tied the score at 19 on a kill from Madi Lang and the score was knotted at 22 late in the frame. But Ohio closed out the match with three out of four points to earn its fourth win of the season.
Ohio returns to action Friday night (7 p.m.) with its second match of the Baymont Inn Invitational. The `Cats will take on No. 24 North Carolina inside the Convocation Center.