Sep 5, 2013
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Ohio vs. Cincinnati (Friday, Noon)
Ohio vs. North Carolina (Friday, 7 p.m.)
Ohio vs. Dayton (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team (3-0) makes its home debut this weekend with a trio of matches in the Baymont Inn Invitational.
The Bobcats will battle Cincinnati (noon) and No. 24 North Carolina (7 p.m.) Friday and take on Dayton (3 p.m.) Saturday. Over the past two seasons, Ohio has posted a 22-6 record inside the Convocation Center.
All three of Ohio's matches will be streamed online this weekend via the OhioBobcats.com video player. Fans can also folllow the action via live stats throughout the weekend.
The Bobcats are 3-0 for the first time since 2009 after capturing the Oregon Classic title last weekend. Ohio has yet to drop a set (9-0) during the 2013 season. The 'Cats captured the tournament championship with a 3-0 win over No. 8 Oregon Aug. 31 in Eugene. The ‘Cats also defeated Bryant 3-0 (Aug. 30) and Eastern Washington 3-0 (Aug. 31) in the event.
After the team's stellar undefeated opening weekend, Ohio received 82 votes in Monday’s AVCA Coaches Poll, ranking the Bobcats No. 27 in the nation.
Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland earned Oregon Classic MVP and MAC Offensive Player of the Week accolades after averaging 10.22 assists/set, 1.3 kills/set, 1.8 points/set and 2.0 digs/set in Eugene. She also garnered MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week accolades on Wednesday.
Junior outside hitter Kelly Lamberti was named to the Oregon Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.78 kills/set and hitting at .325 in the three matches in Eugene. She ranks fifth in the MAC in kills/set this season.
The Bobcats hit at a sizzling .521 clip against Bryant, the team’s best mark in more than four seasons. The ‘Cats posted a .332 hitting percentage over their first three matches, good for first in the MAC. Sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) and freshman outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.) are both hitting over .400 this season.
SCOUTING CINCINNATI (0-3, 0-0 AAC)
The Bearcats were picked to finish fourth in their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati posted an 0-3 record at the UC Invitational this past weekend, with setbacks to Butler (3-0), Tennessee (3-0) and Morehead State (3-1). Freshman outside hitter Ciara Hill led the Bearcats with 2.70 kills/set, while junior setter Madi Lang contributed 55 assists (9.17/set) and 17 digs. Junior defensive specialist Jamie Netisingha (team-high 5.50 digs/set) is the sister of Ohio volunteer assistant Peter Netisingha. The Bobcats are 6-11 all time against the Bearcats.
SCOUTING NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
The Tar Heels were picked to finish second in the ACC preseason poll behind league favorite Florida State. UNC swept the Blue Raider Bash this past weekend, grabbing wins over Notre Dame (3-0), San Francisco (3-1) and MTSU (3-0). Preseason All-ACC selection Paige Neuenfeldt led the Tar Heels with 1.10 blocks per set and added 2.90 kills/set during the tournament, while senior Kayla Berringer hit a team-high .373 and chipped in a team-best 2.90 kills/set. The Bobcats are 0-3 all time against the Tar Heels.
SCOUTING DAYTON (2-1, 0-0 A-10)
Ohio and Dayton have split 18 meetings (9-9) in the all-time series history. This season, the Flyers were a unanimous preseason pick to win the Atlantic 10. This past weekend, Dayton defeated Tulsa (3-1) and Northeastern (3-1) before falling to Missouri State (3-1) at the Dayton Invitational. Megan Campbell - a 2012 All-Atlantic 10 pick - led the Flyers with 3.25 kills/set and hit at .420 over the weekend. Sophomore setter Jenna Jendryk notched 9.67 assists/set and also chipped in 2.33 digs/set.
FULL BAYMONT INN INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 6
10 a.m. - North Carolina vs. Dayton
Noon - Cincinnati vs. Ohio
5 p.m. - Dayton vs. Cincinnati
7 p.m. - Ohio vs. North Carolina
Saturday, Sept. 7
12:30 p.m. - North Carolina vs. Cincinnati
3 p.m. - Ohio vs. Dayton
The Bobcats hit the road to compete in three matches at the WKU Invitational Sept. 13-14 in Bowling Green, Ky. Ohio opens the event against UNLV on Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. before battling No. 16 Western Kentucky (Noon) and Virginia (6 p.m.) on Sept. 14.