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Ohio Volleyball Begins Second Half of MAC Play

Serena Warner and Ohio welcome two of the MAC's best this weekend.

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The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois3
October 22, 2011
DeKalb, Ill.
Ohio Volleyball Topped at Northern Illinois, 3-0
Ohio Volleyball dropped a second-straight contest on the road this evening, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 at Northern Illinois. The Bobcats fell to 15-9, 7-3 in the MAC, while NIU improved to 19-5, 8-2 in conference play.

The Last Meeting
Western Michigan3
October 21, 2011
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Bobcat Volleyball Beaten by Western Michigan, 3-0
Ohio Volleyball dropped its fourth-straight regular season meeting to Western Michigan this evening, 25-19, 25-14, 25-19. Despite the loss, the Bobcats are still atop the MAC East Division with 15-8 overall record and a 7-2 mark in conference play.

Saturday, October 20 - Ohio vs. Western Michigan, 7 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video

Ohio Volleyball Travels on MAC West Journey
Ohio Volleyball takes on two of the MAC West leaders this weekend at home as the page turns to the second half of league play. The Bobcats host Northern Illinois (15-9, 6-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. before welcoming Western Michigan (13-8, 6-2) on Saturday night, also at 7 p.m

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 vs. Northern Illinois is O Zone Day at The Convo. Ohio Athletics will hold a pregame party with free food for all O Zone members!

Dig Pink Night
Ohio Volleyball is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with the Side-Out Foundation for the 2012 season. This year's "Dig Pink" game will take place next Friday, October 26 vs. Miami at 7:00. Last year, the Bobcats raised over $1,500 for the Side-Out Foundation. This year, they look to reach a fund raising goal of $2,000. To make a donation, please visit here.

Last Weekend
Ohio Volleyball ran its winning streak to seven with a comeback victory in five sets at Toledo and a sweep at Ball State. Against the Rockets, Kelly Lamberti led the Ohio attack with a career-high 24 kills, hitting .310 and amassing a season-high 19 digs. Chelsea Bilger also notched a career-high performance with 21 kills for the ‘Cats and Faith Robins tallied a season-best 13 kills.

Leah Petrovich and Abby Gilleland split the setting duties with the senior recording a season-high 29 helpers for Ohio. Meredith Ashy also had a season-best 29 digs and Mollie Geske once again found herself in double figures with 11.

Serena Warner matched her career high with three service aces and Karin Bull had a strong night with a season-high six kills and team-high six blocks. Lexie Hartnett and Robins each finished with five blocks as Ohio notched a season-best 16.0 in the match. Other team season-highs tonight included kills (72), assists (69), digs (81) and aces (7).

Against BSU, the Bobcat attack featured six players recording multiple kills but none reached double figures. Bull had a season-best nine kills and led Ohio with five blocks. She was matched offensively by Lamberti who also tallied nine kills on the evening. Lamberti, Ashy and Carley Jones each recorded nine digs, tying for the team lead, and Gilleland paced the `Cats with 28 assists.

Ohio Notes
The Bobcats lead the MAC in blocking with an average of 2.96 per set and rank 22nd in the nation. Meanwhile, they are limiting opponents to a .144 hitting percentage, also tops in the MAC, and averaging 17.46 digs per set, second in the MAC.

Ohio is also tops in the league offensively with a .248 hitting percentage and an average of 14.38 kills per set. The Bobcats also rank third in the MAC in aces per set (1.27) and assists (13.04).

Serena Warner leads the league in blocking with an average of 1.40 per set and Lexie Hartnett is fourth in MAC play with an average of 1.35 blocks per set for the 'Cats. Warner also ranks third in the MAC with an exceptional .329 hitting percentage and and leads the league with 0.44 aces per set.

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 fourth in the league with 21 service aces (0.31 per set).

Lamberti also ranks fourth in kills with an average of 3.84 per set. She is joined in the top 10 by sophomore Chelsea Bilger, who is averaging 3.77 kills per set in league play. Freshman Karin Bull has also stepped up recently in ranks fifth in the MAC with a .326 hitting percentage.

Two freshmen, Meredith Ashy and Abby Gilleland are also excelling early in their careers. Ashy ranks second in the MAC with an average of 4.96 digs per set while Gilleland's 8.76 assists per set are also one of the top marks in the conference.

Opponents at a Glance
NIU went 2-0 during homecoming weekend with a 3-0 win over Buffalo and a comeback 3-2 win over Akron. NIU has won 12 of its last 16 matches, five of its last six at home and are 3-0 so far against the MAC East Division.

Emily Paschke came up huge for NIU during the weekend as she led the team with 10 blocks and helped NIU hold opponents to a .122 attack percentage with her blocking presence. MacKenzie Roddy led the offense with 3.75 kills per set in the two wins.

WMU enters 13-8 overall, 6-2 in the MAC, and have a number of key contributors. Ali Gossen had her second double-double of the season against Akron on Friday, recording 12 kills and 10 digs. Richelle Ranney had a career-high 20 kills vs. Akron and leads the Broncos with a 2.86 kills/set average and .364 hitting percentage in MAC play.

Stephenee Yancy is averaging 2.48 kills and 0.72 blocks per set over her last seven matches, and is hitting a team-best .361 in that span. Jessica Brown is fifth on the kills list at Western Michigan, and now has 1,381 during her career

Against This Weekend’s Opponents
Ohio has dropped two of the last three meetings with NIU but the victory came at the most important time, the 2010 MAC Championship match. The all-time series is tied 14-14.

WMU has captured three in a row and four of five against the Bobcats. However, just like against the Huskies, the one Ohio win was a huge one, coming in the 2009 MAC Championship match. WMU leads the all-time series 30-17.

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 108-46, including a 58-14 record in MAC regular season play. He is 36 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.

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.