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Volleyball Sweeps Dayton To Cap Regular Season

Nov. 28, 2008

Box Score

ATHENS, Ohio - Junior outside hitter Ellen Herman posted her 13th double-double of the season and junior middle blocker Jane Sytsma and sophomore outside hitter Sue Jacobi chalked up five blocks apiece on Friday night to lead the Ohio University volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-17) victory over Dayton in front of more than 1,200 fans at the Convocation Center.

Behind a match-high five total blocks from both Jacobi (Louisville, Ky.) and Sytsma (Madison, Wis.), the Bobcats (24-7, 13-3 Mid-American Conference) earned an 11.0-4.0 edge in rejections to limit UD to a .056 hitting percentage for the match. The effort was Ohio's best in terms of opponent hitting percentage since holding Bowling Green to a .054 clip on Nov. 8, and marked the eighth time this season that the Green & White kept an opponent below .100 in the hitting percentage column.

"We were very physical at the net tonight, and even when we weren't getting blocks, we were getting a lot of block touches and producing a lot of diggable balls," Ohio head coach Ryan Theis said. "This was a great way to complete the regular season, and this win will certainly help with momentum as we prepare for the NCAA Championship."

Sytsma's five total blocks on the night also brought her career total to 301, making her just the ninth player to surpass the 300-career block barrier during her time at Ohio. She also moved past former Bobcat star Tysen Naughten for sixth on the program's career block assists with 257, while her 301 total rejections are just one behind Sarah Willard for eighth on the school ledger.

Freshman opposite hitter Katie Post (Streamwood, Ill.) tallied four total blocks on the night to match her career high, while senior opposite hitter Amanda Andersen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) also finished with a quartet of blocks in the victory.

Herman (Toledo, Ohio) registered 13 kills and 10 digs on the night to mark the 17th double-double of her career, and her third in as many matches. With a baker's dozen in the kills column, she eclipsed her own total of 482 kills from the 2006 season for second on the Bobcats' single-season list with 494 terminations. The MAC Player of the Year took 37 swings on the night, also moving into second place on Ohio's single-season chart with 1,283 on the year. She will enter the first round of the NCAA Championship needing 39 kills and only 11 attempts to establish new single-season program standards.

Sytsma added nine kills on .316 hitting, while Jacobi picked up seven and Post chipped in with five on a team-best .429 efficiency rating.

Sophomore setter Michelle Jantsch (Mission Hills, Kan.) dealt out a match-high 34 assists on the night to move into ninth place on the program's single-season chart with 1,165 on the campaign. She also fired one of the Bobcats' five aces on the night, moving within one of tying Lori McCall for 10th on Ohio's single-season chart (45 in 2000).

The Bobcats were led in the back row by sophomore defensive specialist Meryl Bender (Yorktown, Ind.), who collected 13 digs to mark her seventh double-digit effort of the season, and her second in a row. Senior defensive specialist Molly Mangan (Claire, Ill.) added seven, and freshman defensive specialist Nicole Staverman (Edgewood, Ky.) notched six digs to go along with her match-high three aces.

"The crowd was also a huge boost for us tonight, as it has been all season," Theis said. "Momentum is more important in volleyball than perhaps any other sport, and our crowd has really been a factor for us all year. I can't thank our fans enough for what they do for our players and our program."

Ohio will now await its assignment for the NCAA sub-regional round, which will be announced live on the NCAA Championship Selection Show, set to air at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPNU. The Bobcats will be making their sixth-straight appearance in the national tournament, the second-longest streak in MAC history.