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MAC Homestand Continues for Ohio Volleyball

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Chelsea Bilger and the Bobcats host Akron and Buffalo this weekend.
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Chelsea Bilger and the Bobcats host Akron and Buffalo this weekend.
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Oct. 4, 2012

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Ohio Continues Play at Home vs. MAC
Ohio Volleyball closes a four-match homestand this weekend against MAC foes with contests against Akron (9-7, 2-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Buffalo (7-9, 1-3) on Saturday night at the same time.

The Last Meeting
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November 12, 2011
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Ohio Volleyball Closes Regular Season With Win Over Akron
Ohio Volleyball wrapped up the 2011 regular season by sweeping Akron on Saturday night at home, 25-21, 25-17, 27-25. The victory clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament for the Bobcats with a 13-3 record.

The Last Meeting
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November 11, 2011
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Ohio Volleyball Blanks Buffalo
Ohio Volleyball won its fifth-straight match on Friday night, sweeping Buffalo 25-19, 25-22, 26-24. The Bobcats improved to 11-3 in the MAC and have now won 20 matches or more for the last 10 seasons.

Weekend Schedule
Friday, October 5

Ohio vs. Akron - 7 p.m.
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Saturday, October 6

Ohio vs. Buffalo - 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
Friday's game against the Zips is also Athens Community Center Night and Saturday is a Bobcat Blackout.

Against the Bulls, present your football ticket stub for FREE admission. The first 500 fans in attendance receive a free Ohio Bobcats scarf and everyone is obviously encouraged to wear black!

Also on Saturday, its the final Little Bobcats session of the season. Fans in attendance for the game against Buffalo will be treated to a halftime exhibition by all of the Little Bobcats.

Last Weekend
Ohio increased its winning streak against Kent State to 21 matches with a sweep against its MAC East rivals. The Bobcats also captured their ninth-straight home game against a MAC East foe in the process. Ohio then went out and earned its third-straight win, and ninth-straight set as it reached the .500 mark on the season and continued its 11-year winning streak against EMU.

Against Kent State, Faith Robins tacked on nine kills, one shy of her season-high while Lexie Hartnett had seven kills to surpass the century mark for the season. Hartnett then led Ohio with seven blocks against EMU, a season-high for her, as Ohio racked up 11.0 total team blocks. Serena Warner paced Ohio against KSU with eight blocks, her second-highest total of the season.

Kelly Lamberti notched consecutive double-doubles on the weekend while classmate Chelsea Bilger matched her season-high with 14 kills against the Eagles and led the team in the category for the weekend. Mollie Geske was also strong on the back line with her fourth double-digit dig contest of the year, and second in a row, with 12.

Abby Gilleland had 42 assists vs. EMU, her most in a three-set match this season, and surpassed the 400-assist mark on the weekend. She has now surpassed the 40-assist mark in three matches (Illinois, Dayton).

Ashy Named MAC Player of the Week
Meredith Ashy was recently named the MAC Volleyball East Division Co-Defensive Player of the Week. The freshman continued her impressive start as she helped the Bobcats sweep the weekend against Kent State and Eastern Michigan.

Ashy surpassed 20 digs for the fourth and fifth time this season, leading the squad in the category for the weekend. After 20 digs in a win over the Golden Flashes, she did one better and notched 21 in a sweep of EMU. The total against the Eagles was the best three-set performance by a Bobcat this season.

Ohio Notes
The Bobcats lead the MAC in blocking with an average of 2.77 per set and rank 25th in the nation. Meanwhile, they are limiting opponents to a .173 hitting percentage and averaging 19.83 digs per set in MAC play, also both the top averages in the league.

Serena Warner leads the league in blocking with an average of 1.35 per set, and has upped her average to 1.58 in MAC play. Lexie Hartnett is third in MAC play with an average of 1.50 blocks per set for the 'Cats, up from 1.02 in non-conference action.

Warner also ranks second in the MAC with an exceptional .348 hitting percentage. The sophomore has paired with classmate Kelly Lamberti to create a strong Ohio offensive attack. Lamberti is second in the MAC in scoring, averaging 4.60 per set and ranking in the top 50 nationally. She also tops the league with 21 service aces (0.39 per set).

Lamberti also ranks fourth in kills with an average of 3.87 per set and has upped her average to an even 4.00 during league play. She is joined in the top 10 by sophomore Chelsea Bilger, who is averaging 3.50 kills per set.

Two freshmen, Meredith Ashy and Abby Gilleland are also excelling early in their careers. Ashy ranks second in the MAC with an average of 5.58 digs per set while Gilleland's 10.25 assists per set are also one of the top marks in the conference.

Opponents at a Glance
Akron split its matches last weekend at home, getting swept by BG and earning a five-set win over Miami. The Zips have one of the top offensive players in the league in Tina Dimitrijevs, who is tops in the MAC with a .404 hitting percentage, 18th nationally. The middle blocker surpassed 900 kills for her career last weekend and had a career-high 25 kills against the RedHawks. Dimitrijevs has recorded hitting percentages over .400 in nine out of Akron’s 16 matches so far this season, and seven out of those nine times have been .500 or higher.

Buffalo splits its home matches also last weekend, losing to BG and asweeping Miami. The Bulls have a strong defense which is led by junior libero Kelly Svoboda. She finished with a career-high 31 digs, becoming the first UB player with more than 30 digs in a match since 2009, against BG. Buffalo also leads the league in aces with Dani Reinert and Megan Lipski ranking among the MAC's top five. The Bulls are also second in blocking and paced by Akeila Lain's 1.34 per set

Against This Weekend’s Opponents
The Bobcats are 30-23 against Akron having won three in a row against the Zips. Meanwhile, Ohio is 27-2 all-time against Buffalo with the lone blemishes occurring in 2010 and back in 1999.

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 104-46, including a 54-14 record in MAC regular season play. He is 40 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.