Bowling Green, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball notched a season-high nine aces and persevered during a five-set win at Bowling Green this afternoon, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11. The Bobcats improve to 16-9, 8-3 in MAC play with the victory.
Kelly Lamberti tallied a Bobcat-best 20 kills, hitting .306 in the process, to go along with 14 digs. Katie Post and Chelsea Bilger finished with 11 kills apiece and the senior hit .333 and blocked six BG attempts.
Lexie Hartnett also surpassed the 10-point mark with nine kills and four blocks. On the day, Ohio racked up 10.5 team blocks between six players. Bailey Karst had a match-best 42 assists and Mollie Geske's 20 digs were the most on either team.
Ohio took a 5-1 lead in the first set and eventually pushed the margin to eight points. After struggling in the serving game last weekend, the Bobcats had four aces in the first set to give Bowling Green one more thing to worry about.
Ohio cruised to a 25-18 win behind five kills on eight swings from Lamberti and four kills on five swings for Post. As a team, the Bobcats hit .400 as they took a 1-0 lead in the match.
The second set was tied 9-9 before a three-point run by the Falcons. Ohio responded with a 5-1 run to retake the lead at 14-13. The set stayed close and was tied again, 20-20, before the Falcons scored three in a row.
After Ohio staved off two set points and cut the deficit to 24-23, BG got the kill it needed to even the match. Lamberti had five more kills but the Bobcats only hit .065 as a team in the second set. Ohio did manage four blocks with Hartnett notching a solo denial.
Out of the intermission, Ohio flew out to an 8-1 lead. Still ahead 17-9, the Falcons scored four in a row to cut the deficit in half. BG got within three points at 18-15, but Ohio closed with seven of the final 11 points to retake the lead in the match, two sets to one. Ohio hit .367 as a team with Lamberti notching five kills for the third set in a row
Ohio started strong again in the fourth set with a 5-1 lead, but a six-point Falcon run forced the Bobcats to take a timeout. With the set tied 8-8, four more points went BG’s way. The scenario repeated itself with the score tied 14-14. The Falcons scored four in a row for a third time in the set to gain an 18-14 lead.
The Bobcats scored four of the next five to claw within one. Down 21-18, they once again closed the gap to a single point, but BG scored the next three and won 25-21 to even the match. Hartnett had four kills to lead the Green & White attack, but Bowling Green hit .375 as a team.
The fifth set was back-and-forth and Ohio held a 6-5 lead before scoring three points in a row. BG would get within two but that’s as close as things would get in the fifth set as Ohio won 15-11 to capture the match.
The Bobcats are back at it tomorrow afternoon with a 3 p.m. contest at Miami.