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Bobcat Volleyball Starts MAC Play on Road

Lexie Hartnett and the Bobcats open up MAC play with BG and Miami.

Sept. 20, 2012

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Ohio Opens MAC Play
Ohio Volleyball opens Mid-American Conference play this weekend with matchups against MAC East rivals Bowling Green and Miami.

Weekend Schedule
Friday, September 21

The Last Meeting
Bowling Green2
October 29, 2011
Bowling Green, Ohio
Ohio Volleyball Holds Off Bowling Green in Five Sets
Ohio Volleyball notched a season-high nine aces and persevered during a five-set win at Bowling Green this afternoon, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11. The Bobcats improve to 16-9, 8-3 in MAC play with the victory.

The Last Meeting
Miami (Oh)0
November 18, 2011
Geneva, Ohio
Ohio Volleyball Advances, Sweeps Miami in MAC Quarterfinals
Chelsea Bilger had 16 kills in her first MAC Tournament match, nine in the deciding third set, and Ohio defeated rival Miami for a third time this season, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Ohio at Bowling Green - 7 p.m.
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Saturday, September 22

Ohio at Miami - 5 p.m.
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Social Media
Fans who want to follow all the happenings of the Ohio volleyball team should follow the squad on its official Twitter page at twitter.com/Ohio_Volleyball.

Last Weekend
The Bobcats started by winning their fourth match in a row and fifth in six tries as it swept past UNC Greensboro. However, Ohio dropped consecutive ACC road games to UNC and NC State.

Against the Spartans, Kelly Lamberti led the way with a season-high 21 kills and matched her season-high with 19 digs. Serena Warner also reached double figures with 10 kills, hitting .625. Abby Gilleland had 37 assists to lead Ohio and Meredith Ashy had 17 digs.

Freshman Karin Bull had seven blocks to lead the Bobcats and also notched five kills, both personal-bests, against the Tar Heels. Ohio was then swept by the 11-1 Wolfpack to close the weekend.

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 101-45, including a 51-13 record in MAC regular season play. He is 43 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.

Back-to-Back in the MAC for Lamberti
Kelly Lamberti was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week last week. This was 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 on Sept. 3. 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
Bowling Green enters with a record of 4-7 after winning two of three last weekend at the Purdue Active Ankle Challenge. The Falcons topped UAB and Jacksonville State before being swept by the host Boilermakers. For the first time in 30 years, the BGSU volleyball team has a new head coach. Three-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Danijela Tomic has taken over the program after seven years as the head coach at FIU.

Junior outside hitter Paige Penrod and junior setter Laura Avila have been playing at an extraordinary level lately. Penrod is averaging 5.25 kills per set over the past four matches, posting at least 14 kills in each of those contests, earning MAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors. During the same stretch, Avila is averaging 12.1 assists per set and has had at least 50 three times.

Miami comes into the weekend with a record of 5-8 after dropping two of three at the Hoosier Classic last weekend. The RedHawks won a five-setter with Chattanooga but were swept by Valparaiso and Indiana.

Madison Hardy led the defense to a very strong week as she earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at Miami’s home tournament two weeks ago. She set a career-high with 32 digs in a five-set match against Xavier and 21 in a win over Temple that clinched the title for the RedHawks. For her efforts she was named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week

Against This Weekend’s Opponents
The Bobcats have won seven in a row and 17 of 18 against BG with the last loss occurring at Anderson Arena in 2008. That setback is the only one suffered by the Bobcats in this series since 2001. Ohio is 28-41 all-time against the Falcons

Ohio has won its last five against the RedHawks, all in three sets, and nine of the last 10 meetings. Despite the recent success, the Bobcats are 27-44 all-time against Miami and the one loss during this recent stretch came in Oxford 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.

MAC Poll
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.