Kalamazoo, Mich. - Ohio Volleyball dropped its fourth-straight regular season meeting to Western Michigan this evening, 25-19, 25-14, 25-19. Despite the loss, the Bobcats are still atop the MAC East Division with 15-8 overall record and a 7-2 mark in conference play.
Kelly Lamberti finished with a match-high 18 kills and 10 digs for her 12th double-double while Mollie Geske led Ohio with 11 digs and Bailey Karst finished with a match-high 28 assists. Chelsea Bilger, Katie Post and Lexie Hartnett were held in check, combining for only 16 kills and a .143 hitting percentage. The Bobcats committed 12 service errors, 10 in the first two sets, and managed a season-low 2.0 team blocks.
Ohio scored the first two points of the match before WMU answered with a five-point run. The Bobcats would erase three-point deficits on two separate occasions to keep things close. With the set tied, 15-15, the Broncos rolled off four straight points. Ohio closed to within two at 21-19 but WMU scored the next four points to win 25-19.
Lamberti had six kills on 11 attempts in the first set, while Hartnett added three on seven and Post chipped in with two on four swings. The Bobcats also recorded their only two blocks, courtesy of Post and Karst teaming up on a pair of occasions.
WMU scored the first two points in the second set, but Ohio captured the next five as it tried to reclaim momentum in the match. A 12-9 Bobcat lead was erased by a six-point Bronco run as the home side went on top 15-12. The Broncos would eventually take nine of 10 points and 16 of the final 18 to take the second set, 25-14.
The Bobcats committed six service errors while WMU hit .333 in the set. In fact, the Broncos hit .373 over the first two stanzas while Ohio hit .185. Lamberti led Ohio with five kills in the second set, but needed 26 swings to reach that mark.
WMU led the third set 13-8 before Ohio rallied and cut the deficit to one on an ace by Bilger. Ohio still trailed by only one point, 15-14, before the Broncos scored four of the next five points to grab a 19-15 advantage. After Ohio cut the gap to two, WMU got consecutive blocks and pushed the lead to six, winning in straight sets, 25-19.
Ohio plays at Northern Illinois tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET