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Bobcats Bowl Over Buffalo, 3-0

Faith Robins had seven kills and hit .700 for the 'Cats in a win over Buffalo tonight.

Oct. 6, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball ran its winning streak to five as it swept another Mid-American Conference foe on Saturday night, 25-18, 25-13, 25-17. The victory over the Bulls pushed the Bobcats' winning streak to 15 consecutive sets.

Chelsea Bilger and Kelly Lamberti tied for the team lead with 12 kills apiece and the duo combined to hit .455 for the match. Classmate Serena Warner had seven kills to go along with three aces and Faith Robins also tallied seven kills (.700 hitting pct.)

Leah Petrovich led Ohio with 25 assists, one shy of her season-high done in four sets vs. nationally-ranked Oregon. The senior was also tops on the squad with three blocks.

"During this run, I think we've all been very focused," Lamberti said. "We know that from now on out, every game matters if we want to achieve our goals as a team."

"Every home win is big and we've strung together four-straight here in front of our crowd," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "We'll see what happens next weekend when we go back on the road. That will be a real test to see where we stand."

Trailing 7-4 in the first set, Ohio used the serving of Warner and the attacking of Lamberti to string together four points and take a lead. The Bobcats eventually pushed the lead to four and forced a timeout after a Robins kill made it 19-15.

A three-point run made the score 22-16 and a bad set by the Bulls would eventually finish off the visitors, 25-18. Lamberti finished with five kills in the first set and Robins added three, while Petrovich had 12 assists.

Ohio used a five-point spurt to take an early 7-2 lead in the second set. Buffalo would still trail 11-8 as the `Cats scored four in a row, culminating in a Bilger kill to go ahead by seven.

Leading 18-12, the Green and White scored seven of the final eight points and took the set by double figures, 25-13.

With a one-point lead early in the third set, Ohio scored three in a row behind the service of Warner to take a 9-5 edge. The sophomore came up again in rotation and helped the Bobcats score three-successive points and take a 17-13 lead.

After a UB timeout, Ohio notched five more points to push the lead to eight. Kills by Robins, Lamberti and Karin Bull aided the attack. Leading 22-17, consecutive kills by Bilger were followed by a bad set, handing Ohio another sweep in conference play. The sophomore finished with five kills while Warner added four along with her two aces.

Ohio hits the road for the second time in MAC play next weekend with matches at Toledo on Friday night at 7 p.m. and at Ball State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.