ATHENS, Ohio - Behind stellar back row performances from sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman outside/hitter Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.), the Ohio University volleyball team (19-4, 9-2) dispatched of visiting Akron (6-16, 0-11) in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-13) Friday evening inside the Convocation Center.
Ashy averaged 8.3 digs/set en route to a 25-dig performance - her career best in a three set match - while Salis notched a career-high 14.5 points on 12 kills, two aces and a block assist. Salis also hit a solid .393 on the night.
The Bobcats hit a solid .366 overall and limited Akron to just a .116 clip, including a -.025 mark in the third set. Ohio held a sizable 58-38 advantage in total points for the match and tied a season high with nine aces in the contest.
Freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.) knocked down eight kills and four total blocks while hitting .304, and sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) paced the `Cats with five total blocks (one solo) on the night.
Redshirt junior Liis Kullerkann (Keila, Estonia) tallied nine kills and hit a blistering .467 in the match, while sophomore setter Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) tallied a match-high 33 assists to go along with four kills and five digs.
Freshman defensive specialist Geneva Yee (Milwaukee, Wis.) provided a spark for Ohio on the back row with a career-best six digs and two service aces against the Zips.
The Bobcats posted 10 of the match's first 14 points and led by nine (18-9) in the first set after a kill from Kullerkann. Ohio took its largest lead after tallying set point on a kill from Katie Horton to take the frame, 25-14.
In set two, the two teams played to an 11-11 tie, before Yee helped fuel a 5-0 run by the `Cats that included two aces and some key digs for the freshman on the back row. Akron cut the lead to two at 17-15, but Ohio posted the next two points, then closed the set on a 5-0 run to win it, 25-17.
After the break, Ohio and Akron were knotted at eight in set three, before the Bobcats ripped off a 9-1 run to build an eight-point lead (17-9). Ohio went up by 12 (22-10) on a kill from Salis and took the frame, 25-13, after another kill from the freshman sealed the match victory.
Ohio is now a perfect 11-0 in three set matches this season.
The Bobcats wrap up their two-match homestand tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with a matchup against Buffalo (16-8, 4-7) inside the Convo.