Oct. 13, 2012
Muncie, Ind. - Ohio Volleyball earned its seventh win in a row by sweeping Ball State on Saturday evening, 25-23, 25-22, 25-12. The `Cats were balanced throughout the match on both sides of the net and snapped a two-match losing streak to the Cardinals.
"I thought our blocking carried us in the first game with six blocks," Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "Abby and Leah did a nice job with figuring out their defensive scheme and as they went away from our block, our offense picked it up. We hit over .400 in that second game and our percentage was impressive from that point forward."
The Bobcat attack featured six players recording multiple kills but none reached double figures. Karin Bull had a season-best nine kills and led Ohio with five blocks.
She was matched offensively by Kelly Lamberti who also tallied nine kills on the evening. Lamberti, Meredith Ashy and Carley Jones each recorded nine digs, tying for the team lead, and Abby Gilleland paced the `Cats with 28 assists.
"Karin was very efficient and her size is helping her generate a bunch of kills," Theis added. "Carley, Mollie and Meredith seemed to be everywhere on the floor tonight and did a nice job digging for us. I think we showed a little something, to not only have this performance after five sets last night, but to really put our foot down out of the break after two close games this evening."
Ohio grabbed the first two points before the Cardinals took the lead with a 7-1 run. The deficit eventually went to five (11-6) after three points in a row for the Cardinals. A block by Warner and Bilger pulled Ohio within one and then a kill by Robins knotted the score, 15-15.
The set remained tied until points by Petrovich and Bull pushed Ohio back in front 22-19 and forced a BSU timeout. Ahead by one but facing the Cardinals' serve, Ohio kept the rally alive and received a crucial kill from Warner to take the first set, 25-23.
The second set was evenly played until an attack error handed the Bobcats a three-point cushion. Trailing 13-10, BSU used its first timeout of the stanza. Still ahead by three, Ohio upped the pressure and doubled the lead on a Lamberti kill, a BSU error and an Ashy ace.
Trailing 23-17, the Cardinals fought back, scoring three in a row and forcing a Bobcat timeout. Up two, Ohio put the set away via a kill from Gilleland, winning 25-22, for a two-set lead.
Ohio scored seven in a row early in the third set and grabbed an 8-2 lead over the Cardinals. The Bobcat domination continued as a bad set by BSU led to a timeout and gave the visitors an eight-point edge at 18-10.
Consecutive aces by Mollie Geske pushed the lead to double figures and Ohio closed things out with a combo block from Bull and Bilger, taking the third set 25-12.
Ohio returns home next weekend for a pair of crucial games against MAC West opposition. The Bobcats host Northern Illinois, the reigning regular-season champs, on Friday at 7 p.m. before playing Western Michigan on Saturday evening.