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Volleyball Falls At Dayton, 3-2, In Exhibition Action

Freshman Karin Bull hit at a team-high .357 for the match.

April 14, 2013

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DAYTON, Ohio – The Ohio University volleyball team dropped a hard-fought exhibition contest to Dayton University, 3-2, on Saturday at the Frericks Center.

Dayton grabbed the first two sets of the match (25-12, 25-19), before the Bobcats stormed back with two-straight set victories (25-20, 15-10). The Flyers won the fifth set, 15-9, to secure the exhibition win.

Ohio also opened the day by matching up with the Flyers in a series of six-on-six competitive drills.

“I thought we played really well in the morning session, winning all three drills,” head coach Ryan Theis said. “We started the afternoon match very slow. Our ball control players and Abby [Gilleland] set well, but we weren’t able to get anything going hitter-wise.”

Sophomores Liis Kullerkann (Keila, Estonia) and Hannah Burkle (Crystal Lake, Ill.) led the Bobcat offense with nine kills. Kullerkann hit at .278 on the day and added three blocks, while Burkle hit at .273 and also contributed three blocks. Freshman Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) chipped in six kills for Ohio and hit at a team-high .357 clip.

“We turned things around later in the match and a couple players picked it up,” Theis said. “I thought Karin continued to have a good spring and we saw glimpses of great play from Liis which was nice to see.”

Freshman Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley, Ill.) set up the Ohio offense with a match-high 33 assists, while freshman Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) anchored the defensive effort with a team-high 18 digs.

Dayton took the first set in commanding fashion, while hitting .444 as a team.

With the teams tied 8-8 in the second set, the Bobcats grabbed a two-point lead after consecutive kills by sophomore Kelly Lamberti (Cary, Ill.) and Burkle. From there, the Flyers went on an 8-2 run to go up by four (16-12). Three-straight points from the Bobcats pulled Ohio within one (16-15), but the Green and White could not move any closer for the remainder of the set.

After hitting at -.061 and .065 in the first two sets, the Bobcats improved to .344 in the third set to get back in the match. Kullerkann contributed five of her nine kills in the set, including three in the final five points to help the Bobcats earn the 25-20 victory. Ohio held a slim 18-17 lead late in the set before using a 6-1 run to put it away.

The Bobcats kept the momentum going in the shortened fourth set and hit at .308 as a team. Ohio jumped out to a 10-5 lead and would not let the Flyers get closer than three (12-9) for the remainder of the set.

With the teams tied, 2-2, Dayton rallied in the fifth set by racing out to a 10-4 lead. A kill from Kullerkann moved the Bobcats within three (12-9), but the Flyers scored the final three points of the set to close out the match.

The Bobcats wrap up spring exhibition action Saturday (April 20) with a trip to Minneapolis, Minn., to take part in an event hosted by the University of Minnesota. Ohio will play two to three teams during the day of competition.