Nov. 21, 2010
Postgame Interview with Sue Jacobi and Mandy Nichols
Postgame Interview with Head Coach Ryan Theis
TOLEDO, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball became the first team to sweep through the MAC Tournament since 2001 and captured their third-straight conference championship on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-17) win over Northern Illinois.
Sue Jacobi was named the MAC Tournament MVP and Mandy Nichols was named to the All-Tournament Team after their stellar performances. Jacobi registered her 17th double-double of the season and second in a row with an 18-kill (.400), 10-dig performance and Nichols had 12 kills (.360) and three blocks. Her 12 kills was her best performance for a 14-kill effort against Eastern Michigan on October 30.
Katie Post added eight kills and five blocks while Faith Robins added five kills, three blocks and hit .364. The backline of Mollie Geske, Meryl Bender and Kelly Colyar combined for 27 digs and helped the 'Cats out-dig NIU by 11 for the match. Michelle Jantsch finished her MAC career with an outstanding tournament, hitting .400, amassing 89 assists, 27 digs and 14 blocks.
As a team, the Bobcats also registered 10 total team blocks, their fourth-straight match of 10 blocks or more and ninth in the last 10. As a team, Ohio registered 4.67 blocks per set during the three matches. Ohio's 42.0 total team blocks also ties the MAC Tournament record set by Western Michigan back in 2000.
Lexie Hartnett finished one block shy of the tournament record of 20 set by Donna Stevenson of Eastern Michigan in 1990 and matched by Angie Sillmon of Western Michigan in 2000. The Bobcats are projected to be the No. 1 blocking team in the nation when the new rankings come out this week with 3.09 rejections per set.
Ohio never trailed by more than two points in the first set and was down 16-14 when they scored six of the next seven points to capture a 20-17 lead. During that string of points, Jacobi had a kill and ace while Robins and Hartnett combined on a block and added a kill apiece.
After NIU tied the set 20-20, Hartnett recorded a kill, Bender served an ace and Post was in on two blocks to give the 'Cats a 24-20 edge. A Post kill eventually won the set 25-21.
The Huskies responded with a quick lead in the second set, going ahead 6-2. However, the Bobcats would claw all the way back and knot the match at 11-11. Ohio eventually took the lead with three of the next four points and a solo block by Jacobi put the Green & White ahead 14-12.
An Ohio service error gave NIU the lead once more at 19-18 but kills by Nichols, Jantsch and Post helped Ohio go on a 5-0 run of their own for a 23-19 lead. After four-straight Husky points evened things, Post once again gave Ohio a lead at 24-23 on a kill. However, the 'Cats lost the lead and the set hung in the balance at 24-24. Jacobi would step to the forefront and produce two kills to win the set and give Ohio a commanding 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The third set was evenly played over the first 20 points before Ohio captured five of the next six points to open a 15-11 lead on the Huskies. The run was helped along by two kills and a block from Nichols along with another smash from Jacobi.
After seeing the lead slip to two, Ohio rediscovered their intensity and received two kills from Jacobi along with a kill and block from Robins to take a 20-14 lead. Four of the final five points would go to the two all-tournament team selections as Jacobi had a kill and ace while Nichols added two kills, including the final point of the match.
The Bobcats host Dayton next weekend before they find out where they will be heading in the NCAA Tournament. This will be the eighth-consecutive trip to the Big Dance for the Bobcats and matches Western Michigan's MAC-best streak from 1982-89.
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Selection Show will air Sunday, November 28 between 3 and 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPNews.