ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball ran its consecutive-set stretch to 12 with its fourth sweep in a row, topping Akron this evening, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17. Chelsea Bilger's season-high 17 kills paced the Bobcats and moved them to 4-1 in the MAC standings.
Bilger, who has amassed 43 kills over the last three matches, surpassed 500 for her career tonight against the Zips and was the only Bobcat in double figures.
"It was an all-around effort tonight from everyone, especially in erasing that deficit in the second set, "Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "You have to do all the little things right in situations like that and I think that's what we did really well tonight."
"In these types of matches and those types of games, it is intense," Petrovich said. "Both teams are going after it and its neck-and-neck, we just have to do whatever it takes to get back in the lead and win the set and match."
Ohio held a four-point lead in the first set until the Zips scored six of the next seven points and took an 11-10 edge. Ohio countered with five of the next points as a Bilger kill gave it the lead, 15-12. Akron would cut the gap to one at 18-17 but Ohio rattled off three points in a row to force a timeout at 21-17.
One more point pushed the lead to five at 23-18 and UA would take its second timeout of the set. A kill by Kelly Lamberti closed things out in favor of the `Cats, 25-20. Bilger and Lamberti combined for nine of Ohio's 14 kills as the team hit .250.
Akron was aggressive in the second set, scoring six points in a row to break a tie and take a 10-4 lead. Ohio still trailed by five before a three-point run culminating with a kill by Hannah Burkle, forced a timeout from the visitors at 18-16.
An attack error by the Zips would eventually even the score at 21-21 as they used their final timeout of the set. Successive kills by Lexie Hartnett and Bilger gave Ohio a lead at 23-22 and the sophomore notched two more kills to win the set, 25-23.
Ohio dominated the third set from the jump as it jumped out to an 8-0 lead behind the serving of Ashy. The closest Akron would get is four points at 12-8, but Ohio rolled off three in a row with Petrovich and Lamberti combining on a block.
The original surge by the `Cats wound up being the difference as Ohio won the set 25-17. Warner was a part of four of Ohio's six blocks in the set and Petrovich tallied three blocks and 12 assists.
Ohio remains at home tomorrow night for a Bobcat Blackout against Buffalo at 7 p.m. Present your football ticket stub for FREE admission to the match and the first 500 fans in attendance receive a free Ohio Bobcats scarf. Everyone is obviously encouraged to wear black!
It is also the final Little Bobcats session of the season. Fans in attendance for the match will be treated to a halftime exhibition by all of the Little Bobcats.