ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team (16-3, 6-1) put forth a tremendous offensive effort en route to a 3-1 victory (23-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-21) over the University of Toledo (11-10, 4-3) Friday night inside the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats hit a combined .359 - its best effort over the past five matches - and limited the Rockets to a paltry .152 clip from the floor. Ohio also notched 66 kills to Toledo's 42 and held a 62-41 edge in assists for the match.
Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) served as catalyst for the Bobcat offense all night, posting an impressive 50 assists (12.5/set) while notching seven digs and hitting a team-high .583. With her 12 digs, Gilleland notched her second-straight double-double for Ohio.
Junior outside hitter Kelly Lamberti (Cary, Ill.) continued her torrid pace of late with 18 kills on 43 attempts (.349), while redshirt junior Liis Kullerkann (Keila, Estonia) notched 14 kills and hit at a blistering .458 clip. Sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) joined the kill party with 13 kills and added four total blocks (one solo).
On the back line, sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) tallied 16 digs and added seven assists, while freshman Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.) added a career-best 16 digs for the `Cats.
The Rockets put together an outstanding effort in the first set. After the teams played to an early 10-10 tie, Toledo put together a 3-0 run, then extended its lead to five (17-12) after an Ohio attack error. The Bobcats cut the lead to three at (21-18) on a kill from freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.), but Toledo went back up by four at 23-19. After Ohio powered a 5-1 run to move within one (24-23), a kill from the Rockets' Dakota Harkins gave the visitors the first set, 25-23.
Ohio bounced back quickly in the second set and held an early 8-3 lead after a kill from Gilleland. After Toledo cut the lead to four at 14-10, the Bobcats notched the next five points to go up 19-10, then lead by as many as 11 (23-12) after another kill from Horton. Ohio won set two, 25-13.
Ohio and Toledo played to a 11-11 tie in set three, before Ohio used a 3-0 run to build a 14-11 advantage. The Rockets cut the lead to one at 15-14, but could not get any closer for the remainder of the set, as the `Cats closed the set on an 8-1 run - including three kills from Kullerkann - to take the third frame, 25-16.
The two teams again went back and forth in the fourth set, as Ohio and Toledo were tied 14-14 midway through the frame. From there, the `Cats put together a critical 4-0 run - punctuated by a Lamberti kill - to build a nice lead, then extended it to six points (24-18) after a kill from Salis. The Bobcats held on to take set four, 25-21, and clinch their sixth league win of the 2013 campaign.
Ohio is now 5-1 at home and 5-1 in four set matches this season. The `Cats also improved to 6-0 against Toledo under head coach Ryan Theis.
The Bobcats wrap up their two-match homestand Saturday at 7 p.m. against MAC West-leading Ball State (18-4, 5-1).