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Ohio Dropped by Bowling Green in MAC Opener, 3-0

Abby Gilleland led Ohio with 20 assists this evening.

Sept. 21, 2012

Final Stats

Bowling Green, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball was swept in its 2012 Mid-American Conference opener at Bowling Green this evening, 25-23, 25-15, 25-20. The Bobcats dropped to 5-8, 0-1 while the Falcons improved to 5-7, 0-1

“I thought Bowling Green outplayed us at every position and their energy, effort and execution was better than ours,” Head Coach Ryan Theis said. “They deserved the win tonight. Typically after a loss we have been able to evaluate some things we did very well but tonight, we just can’t find anything.”

Chelsea Bilger’s eight kills led Ohio offensively with Serena Warner adding six and the duo of Kelly Lamberti and Faith Robins notching five apiece. Abby Gilleland finished with 20 aces and Lamberti paced the squad with 12 digs. Hartnett added four blocks with Warner tacking on three denials.

With the first set tied 8-8 a kill by Warner and a BG attack error gave Ohio its first two-point lead. A ball handling error at 12-10 pushed the lead to three for the first time but BG drew even at 13-13 on a kill by Paige Penrod.

The Bobcats took a 17-14 lead on two BG errors and a combo block by Warner and Gilleland but one more, the Falcons responded and tied the score 18-18 on a block. An attack error and kill by Robins allowed Ohio to push back out in front but the Falcons tied it for an 11th time at 21-21.

A kill from Lindsey Butterfield gave BG its first lead since 8-7 as Ohio used its first timeout. Out of the huddle, Lexie Hartnett notched a kill but the Falcons responded with two points of their own for a 24-22 lead. After the ‘Cats used their second timeout, they got a kill from Lamberti, but it was not enough as they dropped the first frame, 25-23.

BG was forced to take a quick timeout in the second set after Bilger and Warner recorded kills before combining on a block to give Ohio a 7-4 lead. The Falcons tied things and eventually took a 14-9 lead thanks to an eight-point run.

The Bobcat deficit eventually hit double digits as they dropped the second set 25-15. Through the first two games, BG hit .262 as opposed to .157 for Ohio. The Falcons also held a 5-0 edge in service aces. Warner’s five kills were tops among Bobcat hitters at the break and she, along with Gilleland and Hartnett each had two blocks.

With the third set tied 8-8, BG scored three in a row to take a lead. The Ohio deficit increased to four at 15-11 on a kill by Butterfield but the Bobcats would not stop fighting and tied the set on a ball handling error by the Falcons.

BG reopened a two-point lead on a kill by Laura Avila at 18-16 but the Green and White evened things once more on a combo block from Bilger and Hartnett. The momentum was short-lived as the Falcons took a 21-19 lead and forced an Ohio timeout.

A Bilger kill cut the gap to one out of the stoppage but it would be as close as the Bobcats could get, allowing the final four points and falling 25-20 in the third set.

The Bobcats had won seven in a row and 17 of 18 against BG with the last loss occurring at Anderson Arena in 2008. This was only the second loss to the Falcons since 2001.

Ohio suits up again tomorrow as it looks to even its MAC record in a contest at Miami. First serve is slated for 5 p.m. at Millett Hall.