Oct. 12, 2012
Toledo, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball ran its winning streak to six matches with a comeback victory 27-29, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 15-8 this evening at Toledo. After dropping two of the first three sets, the Bobcats won the final two frames. This is the first win for Ohio in a five-set match this season.
“I was really impressed with our team’s ability to win, actually, four sets on the road tonight. Every single person contributed both offensively and defensively,” Head Coach Ryan Theis said. “We sided out down the stretch in the fourth and fifth set when we needed to and our offense, which was opportunistic tonight, came alive in the fifth set.”
Kelly Lamberti led the Ohio attack with a career-high 24 kills, hitting .310 and amassing a season-high 19 digs. Chelsea Bilger also notched a career-high performance with 21 kills for the ‘Cats and Faith Robins tallied a season-best 13 kills.
Leah Petrovich and Abby Gilleland split the setting duties with the senior recording a season-high 29 helpers for Ohio. Meredith Ashy also had a season-best with 29 digs and Mollie Geske once again found herself in double figures with 11.
Serena Warner matched her career high with three service aces and Karin Bull had a strong night with a season-high six kills and team-high six blocks. Lexie Hartnett and Robins each finished with five blocks as Ohio notched a season-best 16.0 in the match.
Other team season-highs tonight included kills (72), assists (69), digs (81) and aces (7).
“I thought Kelly took over in the fourth set but again, we had strong play from a lot of people,” Theis added. “Faith, Chelsea, our servers, our DS’. It was a total team effort. Everyone stepped up tonight.”
Ohio took four of the first five points in the initial set before Toledo tied the score, 6-6. UT eventually took a 15-10 lead, which forced the ‘Cats to burn a timeout. Trailing 17-12, Ohio ran off five points in a row, getting three kills and a block by Robins before tying it on a kill by Lamberti.
An ace by Warner gave the Green and White another lead before Petrovich and Bull combined on a block to push the lead to two. Despite the edge, Toledo took the lead once more on an ace at 23-22. The Bobcats fought off set point before being unable to capitalize on two tries of their own. The Rockets eventually scored three in a row to take the first set, 29-27.
Three kills and a block would allow Ohio to string together four points early in the second set for an 8-4 lead. A kill by Lamberti gave the visitors their largest lead at 12-6 but the home team eventually got within two at 18-16, forcing a Bobcat timeout. Ohio would put the set away with seven of the final 10 points en route to a 25-19 victory.
After falling behind by four points early in the third set, Ohio rallied behind the serving of Warner. The sophomore delivered two aces before Lamberti and Bull denied an attack to even the score at 8-8. After the Rockets took a 16-11 lead, Bilger, Robins and Hartnett combined on five-consecutive points to tie the score once more.
Back-to-back kills by Bilger brought the Bobcats even at 23-23 but a questionable kill and ensuing block gave the Rockets the 25-23 win and a 2-1 lead heading to a fourth set.
The scoreboard was knotted at 9-9 when Liis Kullerkann stepped to the service line and drilled consecutive aces, forcing a UT timeout. The teams traded points until the ‘Cats forged ahead on two kills and a bock by Lamberti for a 22-19 lead. The sophomore also notched the next two kills, killing a Rocket rally and moving Ohio within a point of evening the match. An attack error would do just that as the Green and White won 25-22
In the fifth set, Ohio dominated from the jump, taking a 6-1 lead behind the serving of Ashy and the attack of Lamberti, Bilger and Gilleland. The lead was sliced to three at 10-7 but the ‘Cats showed no let up, winning five of the final six points and winning 15-8.
The Bobcats are now off to Muncie for a matchup with Ball State tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.