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Bobcats Back on the Road, Head to Toledo and Ball State

Meredith Ashy and the Bobcats are at Toledo and Ball State this weekend.

Oct. 11, 2012

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The Last Meeting
October 15, 2011
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Volleyball Sweeps Toledo
Ohio Volleyball swept Toledo 25-14, 26-24, 27-25 on Saturday night to improve to 15-7, 7-1 in MAC play. The Bobcats bounced back from last night's setback to remain tied atop the league standings as Kelly Lamberti finished with a match-high 16 kills and hit .333.

The Last Meeting
Ball State3
October 14, 2011
Athens, Ohio
Bobcat Volleyball Bested by Ball State in Four Sets
Ohio Volleyball dropped its first MAC match of the season on Friday evening, losing to Ball State in four sets 23-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-25 in a battle of division leaders. Despite the loss, the Bobcats remain three matches ahead of the closest East Division team in the standings

Friday, October 12 - Ohio at Toledo, 7 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video

Saturday, October 13 - Ohio at Ball State, 7:30 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video

Ohio Volleyball Travels on MAC West Journey
Ohio Volleyball heads out on the road for the first time in three weeks to play two contests against opponents from the MAC's Western Division. The Bobcats are at Toledo (7-11, 1-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. before getting back on the bus for a match at Ball State (9-10, 2-4) on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m

Social Media
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Last Weekend
Ohio swept Akron and Buffalo to run its winning streak to five and its consecutive-set streak to 15. Chelsea Bilger led Ohio in kills last weekend, notching a season-high 17 in a win over Akron. She followed that with another double-digit outing, leading the ‘Cats with 12 kills vs. Buffalo.

For her efforts, she was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week. The sophomore earned her first league honor while becoming the fourth Bobcat this year to win a weekly award.

Since the start of league play, Bilger leads Ohio in kills with 3.94 per set and is hitting .287. She has amassed 55 kills over the last four matches, and in the process, surpassed 500 for her career

This past weekend, Kelly Lamberti tied for the team lead with 12 kills as she and Bilger combined to hit .455 in the match against the Bulls.

Serena Warner had seven kills to go along with three aces and Faith Robins also tallied seven kills and is hitting .310 in league play.

Leah Petrovich led Ohio with 25 assists, one shy of her season-high done in four sets vs. nationally-ranked Oregon. The senior was also tops on the squad with three blocks.

Ohio Notes
The Bobcats lead the MAC in blocking with an average of 2.76 per set and rank 25th in the nation. Meanwhile, they are limiting opponents to a .170 hitting percentage, also tops in the MAC, and averaging 18.11 digs per set, second in the MAC.

Serena Warner leads the league in blocking with an average of 1.37 per set, and has upped her average to 1.56 in MAC play. Lexie Hartnett is fifth in MAC play with an average of 1.29 blocks per set for the 'Cats, up from 1.00 in non-conference action.

Warner also ranks third in the MAC with an exceptional .329 hitting percentage. The sophomore has paired with classmate Kelly Lamberti to create a strong Ohio offensive attack. Lamberti is third in the MAC in scoring, averaging 4.48 per set and ranking in the top 60 nationally. She also ranks second in the league with 21 service aces (0.35 per set).

Lamberti also ranks fourth in kills with an average of 3.80 per set. She is joined in the top 10 by sophomore Chelsea Bilger, who is averaging 3.94 kills per set in league play.

Two freshmen, Meredith Ashy and Abby Gilleland are also excelling early in their careers. Ashy ranks second in the MAC with an average of 5.06 digs per set while Gilleland's 9.80 assists per set are also one of the top marks in the conference.

Opponents at a Glance
Toledo continues a season-long five-match homestand this weekend. Junior MB Dakota Harkins led the Rockets last weekend by dominating the net against Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. Harkins tallied a team-high .444 attack percentage along with 2.56 kills per set and a team-high 2.11 blocks per set. Against EMU, Harkins was error free en route to posting 12 kills and a .462 hitting mark as well as a career-high 13 blocks. She then tallied 11 kills and a .421 attack percentage as well as team-high six blocks. Harkins leads UT with a .300 attack percentage and 1.03 blocks per set, while junior OH Lauren Rafdal is tallying a team-high 2.95 kills per set. Senior libero McCall Paynter is leading Toledo defensively in the back row with 3.87 digs per set.

Senior Lisa Scott was named the MAC West's Offensive Player of the Week after turning in perhaps the best weekend of her collegiate career at Ball State. The MB blasted 35 kills and hit .567 in BSU’s matches against Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. She also threw up a match-best four blocks, including three solo stuffs against the Eagles and recorded just one hitting error on 60 swings. With her 18 digs in Friday’s match versus CMU, junior libero Catie Fredrich moved to eighth on Ball State’s all-time career digs list. She enters the week with 1,152 career digs. Her 60 career matches with double-figure digs ranks sixth on BSU’s career charts, while her 3.87 career digs-per-set average
is fourth.

Against This Weekend’s Opponents
Ball State has won two in a row against the Bobcats in a series it leads 33-13. Meanwhile, Ohio has not lost to Toledo in the past 13 seasons and owns a 32-15 mark all-time vs. the Rockets.

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 106-46, including a 56-14 record in MAC regular season play. He is 38 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.

Ashy Excels in MAC Play
Meredith Ashy was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1. 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.

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.