Greensboro, N.C. - Ohio Volleyball won its fourth match in a row and fifth in six tries as it swept past UNC Greensboro on Thursday night, 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. The Bobcats have now captured their last 12 sets in a row during this win streak.
"I thought we played great in the first and second sets," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "On offense, we were running on all cylinders. Everyone is playing pretty well pretty now."
After hitting .452 in the first set, Ohio dropped off slightly but still managed to hit .370 in the second set. Meanwhile, the Bobcat defense limited the Spartan attack to a -.086 hitting percentage in the second set and .069 in the third.
"I feel we have had three really good offensive matches in a row and we blocked better tonight than we did against Montana State," Theis added. "We've become more consistent obviously with the 12 consecutive set victories."
"Kelly was exceptional attacking tonight but also defensively and from the service line," Theis said. "Also, Serena's start to the match opened things up later for us in a lot of areas and we were able to take advantage."
Despite nabbing six of the first nine points, Ohio saw UNCG come back to even the score, 8-8, in the first set. A Lamberti kill gave the Bobcats the lead once more and they would eventually push the lead to 15-10 on a Bilger smash set up by a great dig by Ashy.
After the Spartans cut the margin to 16-13, Ohio ran off five-successive points to open up an eight-point edge. An ace by Gilleland put the Bobcats on the doorstep and a Waner/Robins block won the set, 25-15.
Eight of the first 12 points in the second set went to the Green and White and it held a 12-9 edge before a six-point run blew the set open. The lead would remain at nine as Ohio rolled to the win, 25-16.
The Bobcats took a 5-1 lead out of the intermission in an attempt to put the match away, but UNCG cut the gap to 12-10. Ohio’s answer was consecutive aces by Lamberti to open up a five-point lead and force a timeout by the home team.
The Spartans would once again cut the Bobcat lead to two points at 21-19, but the visitors would score the final four points (Gilleland kill, Hartnett kill, Lamberti ace, Bilger kill) to win the set and match.
Ohio takes tomorrow off before playing at UNC on Saturday at 4 p.m. and NC State on Sunday at 2 p.m.