Raleigh, N.C. - Ohio Volleyball lost its final match on the weekend in straight sets to North Carolina State, 19-25, 20-25, 20-25. The Bobcats finished the non-conference portion of their schedule at 5-7 while the Wolfpack stand at 11-1 with the win.
"They just didn't let us get in an offensive rhythm," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "It was a tough environment and you mix that with a long road trip and a good team that has had an extra day of rest. However, if you want to be a great team you have to overcome those types of situations."
"We've got some good middles on this team and I wish I could get them all on the floor," Theis said. "We are really deep there and when one is having an off day, once can step in and do well. Karin has been doing a nice job in practice and is a terrific blocker, so I thought we could use her this weekend and I'm excited about she contributed for us offensively."
NC State and Ohio were tied 10-10 in the first set until the Wolfpack scored four of five points to take a 14-11 lead. A kill by Megan Cormier pushed the home side ahead by five until a three-point run by the Bobcats which ended with a smash by Bull.
Despite cutting the gap to 20-18, NC State scored five of the final six point of the set and won 25-19. Gilleland had two of Ohio's 10 kills and assisted on the other eight in the initial frame.
Ohio trailed 5-4 in the second set before allowing four points in a row and calling a timeout. A kill by Warner would eventually cut the gap to one at 20-19.
However, like the first set, NC State closed with a flurry and scored five of the final six points to win 25-20 and take a 2-0 lead in the match. Warner finished with five of Ohio's 11 kills and added two blocks.
The Bobcats trailed 7-3 in the first set but rallied back to knot the score 11-11. Despite seeing their opponents draw even, the Wolfpack were not rattled, taking a 19-15 lead and forcing an Ohio timeout.
The Bobcats closed the gap back to two at 20-18 but NC State would not relinquish the lead, eventually winning 25-20. Bull led Ohio with three kills and three blocks in the final set.
Ohio opens MAC play next weekend with two road matches. The Bobcats will play at Bowling Green on Friday night at 7 p.m. before taking on Miami next Saturday at 5 p.m.