Oxford, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball earned its sixth-straight sweep of Miami this afternoon with a 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 victory at Millett Hall. The Bobcats improved to 6-8 and evened their MAC record behind a well-balanced attack.
"I think we got everyone involved and applied great service pressure after the first game which helped us get rolling," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "I think we came out lacking confidence and we built it back up throughout the match. That first set really helped us establish positive momentum. Hopefully we can keep that going as we continue MAC play on Thursday."
Kelly Lamberti notched 17 kills with seven apiece in the second and third sets, and led the squad with five blocks. Chelsea Bilger had eight kills while Serena Warner and Lexie Hartnett notched seven apiece, hitting a combined .320 in the process. Hartnett surpassed 500 kills for her Ohio career with her first of the match and she picked up four blocks. Faith Robins also surpassed 300 kills for her career during the match.
Abby Gilleland set a personal-best with 19 digs and also tallied 29 assists to lead the Bobcats. Meredith Ashy had 18 digs, surpassing 200 for the season.
"On a night where you hit around .300, and Mollie, Carley and Meredith made it difficult for their hitters to get going, everybody deserves praise," Theis added.
The teams traded the first 20 points in the first set before Miami scored two in a row for a 12-10 lead. Ohio quickly responded with three points of its own and took the lead 13-12 on a kill by Lamberti.
The Bobcats led 15-14 before two errors, a block and service ace gave Miami a three-point cushion. Despite now trailing by three, Ohio evened things once more at 18-18 on a combo block by Lamberti and Hartnett. The sophomore then came up with an ace to push Ohio back in front.
Leading 21-20, Warner notched a kill and Miami erred to give Ohio its largest lead. After Miami cut the deficit to one, Warner sealed it with yet another kill, 25-23. It was the 16th-straight set won by the Bobcats against the RedHawks dating back to 2010.
Set number two started with Ohio scoring the first four points on the strength of Lamberti's serving and an ace by Ashy forced Miami to call a timeout trailing 6-1. Another five-point string by the Bobcats eventually pushed the lead to double figures at 12-2.
The advantage remained in double digits for most of the set with Ohio's largest lead coming at 22-8. The margin of victory tied the Bobcats' largest of the season (25-11 vs. Belmont). The Green and White hit .382 in the second set and limited MU to a -.065 attack percentage.
The third set opened with consecutive Ohio blocks and a kill from Gilleland but Miami responded with four of the next five points to tie the score. Consecutive attack errors and a kill by Hartnett then allowed Ohio to open up a three-point edge at 10-7. The lead crept to five at 13-8 on another Hartnett kill before Miami used a timeout.
Leading 16-13 Ohio scored four points in a row, three kills and a block by Lamberti, to force another RedHawk timeout. The lead eventually grew to eight and the Bobcats captured the set, and match, with a 25-17 victory.
Ohio Volleyball is home next weekend for matches with Kent State and Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats host the Golden Flashes on Thursday night at 7 p.m. and the Eagles on Saturday at the same time.