Sept. 12, 2012
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Weekend Schedule Thursday, September 13
Ohio Volleyball hits the road for the first time in three weeks having swept four of its last five opponents. The Bobcats play at UNC Greensboro on Thursday night before taking a day off to prepare for two one-loss ACC foes in North Carolina and NC State.
Ohio at UNC Greensboro - 7 p.m.
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Saturday, September 15
Ohio at North Carolina - 4 p.m.
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Sunday, September 16
Ohio at NC State - 2 p.m.
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Ryan Theis earned his 100th win at Ohio as the Bobcats swept through their own tournament with straight-set victories over Belmont, Niagara and Montana State.
Kelly Lamberti was named MVP and Lexie Hartnett was named to the All-Tournament team. Lamberti led the team in kills, points and aces while Hartnett also had a strong weekend for the `Cats, leading the team with 11 blocks and hitting .333 (average eight kills per match).
Theis Hits Century Mark
Ohio Head Coach Ryan Theis reached the 100-win mark in just his fifth season with the Bobcats. While at the helm of the program, the Bobcats have gone 100-43, including a 51-13 record in MAC regular season play. He is 44 wins shy of the all-time wins record, held by Geoff Carlson
In 2009-10, Theis led Ohio to consecutive NCAA Tournament Second Round appearances for only the second time in program history. The Bobcats have also captured the MAC's Eastern Division title all four seasons under Theis.
Homecoming for Robins
This weekend marks a return home for Winston-Salem native Faith Robins. The senior, who was an Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC choice last season, ranks ninth all-time with 273 block assists.
Robins played in every match for Ohio and placed third on the team in blocking with 105.0 total blocks. Her 99 block assists were one of 10 best regular-season totals in Ohio history. Robins also notched a kill in all 33 matches for the Bobcats with a season-high eight coming against South Carolina State
As a sophomore, Robins was named to the TCU Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Ohio in the Rankings
The Green and White lead the league with an average of 2.65 blocks per set. That average puts them 32nd nationally, almost a full 100 spots ahead of the next closest MAC school (Buffalo at 123, 2.1). Serena Warner is second in the league and 20th nationally in blocks per set and Lexie Hartnett also ranks among the top five in the league.
Offensively, the Bobcats are third in the MAC in hitting percentage with an average of .225. Warner, the top Bobcat with a .302 hitting percentage, ranks fifth in the league. Kelly Lamberti is second in the MAC in kills and points and third in aces.
Freshman Meredith Ashy has started strong for Ohio, earning all-tournament honors at the Flyer Classic earlier this season. Her average of 4.52 digs per set ranks fourth in the MAC. Teammate Abby Gilleland also ranks among the league leaders in assists with an average of 8.72 per set.
Back-to-Back in the MAC for Lamberti
Kelly Lamberti was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the league office this week. This is the third weekly award for the sophomore and second in as many weeks.
Lamberti started the Bobcat Invitational with 17 kills against Niagara, surpassing the 500-mark for her career. She then placed second on the team with nine kills against Belmont.
Lamberti capped her weekend with a personal-best four service aces to go with a team-high 14 kills and 13 digs against Montana State. In that match, she hit a season-best .400 while also racking up her highest point total of 2012 (19.5)
Warner Wins First Weekly Award
Serena Warner was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Defensive Player of the Week by the league office last week. This was the first MAC Weekly Award for Warner after the sophomore won all-tournament team honors at the Baymont Invitational.
She recorded 17 kills, hit .400 and led the squad with 15 blocks against No. 10 Kentucky, No. 17 Oregon and Western Carolina. She notched a match-high six blocks against both the nationally-ranked Ducks and Wildcats and also racked up eight kills while hitting over .700 in the win against WCU.
Opponents at a Glance
UNC Greensboro is 4-3 after dropping matches last weekend to UNC Asheville and American but beating North Carolina A&T at home. Freshman libero Katherine Santiago continued the sensational start to her career racking up a match-high 32 digs against American. She was named the tournament's top libero and earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts during the weekend as she averaged 5.15 digs per set.
North Carolina is 8-1 after sweeping LSU, Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee State this past weekend in Chapel Hill. Sophomore opposite hitter Chaniel Nelson was recently named the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after leading the Tar Heels to a 3-0 performance at the Aggie Invitational in Davis, Calif. She tallied 36 kills, 16 digs, and 12 blocks, and posted a .301 hitting percentage while being named tournament MVP after wins against Santa Clara, UC Davis and Utah.
North Carolina State is also 9-1 after beating Campbell, Western Carolina and Central Michigan in Raleigh last weekend with outside hitter Nikki Glass, a freshman, named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Wolfpack is led by senior setter Megan Cyr, who ranks fourth in the ACC in assists per set, and junior middle blocker Meredith Richardson, who ranks sixth in hitting percentage. In the win over UNC Wilmington on Tuesday, Dariyan Hopper finished with 17 kills and three other NC State players surpassed the 10-kill mark.
Against The Field
Ohio faces UNC Greensboro for the first time and is 8-1 against opponents from the Southern Conference, including a straight-set victory this season over Western Carolina.
The Bobcats are 0-2 against UNC and 1-0 against NC State with a 13-7 overall mark against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Ohio went 2-1 against the ACC last year with wins over Maryland and Virginia Tech and a loss to Virginia. Ohio lost to UNC in straight sets at the JQH Invitational in Springfield, Mo. during the 2010 season.
Preseason All-MAC Choices
Ohio's Lexie Hartnett, Chelsea Bilger and Kelly Lamberti were all selected to the Mid-America Conference's Preseason All-East Division Team. The All-MAC Teams, voted on by the league's head coaches, featured 12 players with Ohio having the most honorees.
Lamberti finished her first season, second in the league in point scoring behind MAC Player of the Year Lauren Wicinski. The freshman also ranked second in kills, fifth in service aces and led Ohio in double-doubles with 19.
Hartnett received All-MAC honors for a second time last season after helping Ohio rank 19th in the nation in blocks per set. She ranked third in the MAC in blocks per set and placed second with 117.0 total blocks.
Bilger was named to the All-MAC Freshman team last season after recording 13 double-doubles for the Bobcats, eight in conference play. She ranked second on the team in kills and third in points and digs.
Ohio Volleyball was selected to win the Mid-American Conference's East Division as the league announced the 2012 Preseason Poll as voted on by the league's head coaches. The Bobcats have captured the Eastern Division every year since 2002 and have won the outright league title five times during that span.
USA Developmental Trip for Two Bobcats
This summer, two Ohio Volleyball players, Bilger and Lamberti, traveled to China for the Bring It Promotions/USA Volleyball Global Challenge. The duo were part of a team that played six matches over 13 days against three of China's top professional teams.
The two Bobcats were selected, along with student-athletes from Northern Illinois, Clemson, Minnesota, Villanova, Arkansas and Virginia Tech to comprise the developmental squad (USA Red) for six matches, three in Tianjin and three in Beijing. You can read more about their experience here: Kelly and Chelsea in China
Succeeding in the Classroom
The Ohio University volleyball team was awarded an American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2011-2012 school year. Ohio Volleyball had a cumulative GPA of 3.72 for the 2011-12 academic year and was one of the top schools nationally.
Ohio Volleyball had three student-athletes, Post, Hartnett and Nicole Staverman, named to the 2011 Academic All-MAC team. Leah Petrovich, Faith Robins, Kelly Colyar and Mollie Geske were named Academic Honorable Mention.
Ohio has had at least three players recognized on the MAC All-Academic Team for the past five seasons and had a record four first-team selections back in 2008. Eight different players have been named to a MAC All-Academic team over the last four years.