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Ohio Volleyball Starts Home MAC Play Tomorrow

Mollie Geske and the Bobcats host Kent State and Eastern Michigan this weekend.

Sept. 26, 2012

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Ohio Opens MAC Play
Ohio Volleyball opens the home portion of Mid-American Conference play this weekend with matchups against Kent State (4-10, 1-1) and Eastern Michigan (11-7, 1-1).

Weekend Schedule
Thursday, September 27

The Last Meeting
Kent State2
November 3, 2011
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Volleyball Fights Back to Beat Kent State in Five Sets
Ohio Volleyball fought back against Kent State at home this evening, topping the visitors in five sets, 22-25, 25-12, 19-25, 25-17, 15-11. The Bobcats, playing their second five-set match in the last three, received a career-high 15 kills from Lexie Hartnett to move to 18-9, 10-3 in MAC play.

The Last Meeting
Eastern Michigan0
October 1, 2011
Ypsilanti, Mich.
Bobcats Blank Eastern Michigan in MAC Volleyball
Freshmen Chelsea Bilger and Kelly Lamberti both attained double-digit kills as Ohio Volleyball swept its fourth-straight opponent this season in MAC play with a 25-17, 26-24, 25-19 result at Eastern Michigan.

Ohio vs. Kent State - 7 p.m.
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Saturday, September 29

Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan - 7 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.

For the Fans
Thursday night is Bobcat Books Day at The Convo. Present a new or gently used book for free admission to the match against the Golden Flashes. All books will be donated to the Athens County Public Library.

Saturday night against EMU is Health Night as Ohio Athletics is offering free admission for all local healthcare personnel

Last Weekend
Ohio split its MAC games during the opening weekend of league play. After losing at BG on Friday night, the 'Cats swept Miami on Saturday. It was the sixth-straight sweep in the series as Kelly Lamberti notched 17 kills, seven apiece in the second and third sets, and led the squad with five blocks. 

Chelsea Bilger had eight kills while Serena Warner and Lexie Hartnett notched seven apiece, hitting a combined .320 in the process. Hartnett surpassed 500 kills for her Ohio career with her first of the match and she picked up four blocks.

Abby Gilleland set a personal-best with 19 digs and also tallied 29 assists to lead the Bobcats. Meredith Ashy had 18 digs, surpassing 200 for the season.

Ohio Notes
The Bobcats lead the MAC in blocking with an average of 2.66 per set and rank 30th in the nation. Ohio is one of only two league teams to rank in the top 100 (Buffalo - 88). Serena Warner is second in the league in blocking with an average of 1.27 per set. Lexie Hartnett had a strong weekend and her eight blocks have her ranked fourth in conference play.

Warner also ranks second in the MAC with an exceptional .366 hitting percentage. Her performance has helped the Bobcats rank near the top of the league with a .218 hitting percentage. Warner has paired with Kelly Lamberti to create a strong Ohio offensive attack.

Lamberti is second in the MAC in scoring, averaging 4.55 per set and ranking in the top 50 nationally. She also ranks third in the conference with 19 service aces and fourth in kills with an average of 3.81 per set

Two freshmen, Meredith Ashy and Abby Gilleland are also excelling early in their careers. Ashy ranks among the league leaders with an average of 4.44 digs per set while Gilleland's 8.43 assists per set are also one of the top marks in the conference.

Against This Weekend’s Opponents
The Green & White owns a 20-match winning streak and is 41-22 all-time against the Golden Flashes. Ohio has not lost to Eastern Michigan since 2001 and owns a 31-16-1 record against the Eagles.

Opponents at a Glance
Kent State earned a league win at Miami last weekend in five sets but has dropped five of six entering this match. Senior middle blocker Katy Krupa tallied team-bests with 19 kills, 2.38 kills per set, 3.31 points per set, and a .300 hitting percentage for the weekend. Junior defensive specialist/libero Hannah Herc leads the Golden Flashes in digs (183), digs per set (3.73), and aces (14).

Eastern Michigan snapped a five-match losing skid last weekend with a sweep of last year's regular-season champion Northern Illinois. Senior outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello led the Eagles offense over the last weekend notching 40 kills and consecutive double-doubles. Freshman libero Sierra Reed had just one reception error in 47 attempts earning a .979 reception percentage.

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 102-46, including a 52-14 record in MAC regular season play. He is 42 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 on Sept. 10. 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.

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.