Oct. 24, 2013
Friday at Northern Illinois (8 p.m.) - Live Video | Live Stats
Saturday at Western Michigan (7 p.m.) - Live Video | Live Stats
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team (16-4, 6-2) makes its bi-annual trek to DeKalb, Ill., and Kalamazoo, Mich., this weekend for a pair of important matches against MAC West foes.
The Bobcats play at Northern Illinois (12-10, 4-4) on Friday at 8 p.m. before battling Western Michigan (12-9, 5-3) Saturday at 7 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live via subscription video service. Fans can also follow along for free via the live stats links above.
Ohio sits in first place in the MAC East Division with a 6-2 league mark after splitting a pair of home matches last weekend.
The Bobcats upended Toledo, 3-1, on Oct. 18 before falling to Ball State in five sets on Oct. 19. Ohio held both Toledo (.152) and Ball State (.162) under a .200 hitting clip. The Bobcats have limited seven of their eight MAC opponents to under .200 hitting this season.
Sophomore middle blocker Karin Bull (Bloomington, Minn.) was a force at the net against Toledo and Ball State. She averaged 3.4 points/set and 2.4 kills/set while hitting at a solid .340 clip. Bull also contributed a team-high 1.8 blocks/set, including a career-best 12 total blocks against the Cardinals.
Sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) had a strong weekend on the back line for the `Cats, including a career-night on Oct. 19 vs. Ball State when she notched personal bests in digs (31), assists (9) and service aces (3).
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES (12-10, 4-4 MAC)
Northern Illinois came into the season as one of the favorites to win the MAC West receiving four of the 12 first-place votes. The Huskies opened MAC play with a win over co-MAC West favorite Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, but have since struggled on the road dropping four of their last five road matches. However, NIU has yet to drop a conference match at home.
The Huskies are led in attacking by two preseason All-MAC selections, junior outside hitter Mackenzie Roddy and senior middle blocker Sarah Angelos. Roddy is averaging 3.40 kills/set, which is the sixth-best mark in the conference. Angelos is hitting at a .288 clip with 2.76 kills/set and 0.76 blocks/set. Sophomore setter Alexis Gonzalez earned MAC All-Freshman team honors last season and is sixth in the conference with 8.81 assists/set this season. Justine Schepler, a senior libero, is 10th in the MAC with 4.27 digs/set.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS (12-9, 5-3 MAC)
The defending MAC West champions are tied for second in the West and sit two games behind MAC-leading Ball State. They are coming off back-to-back three-set wins over Akron and Buffalo. WMU returns the 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year, Stephanie Yancy, who is fourth in the conference in kills/set (3.57) and seventh in hitting percentage (.335). Yancy is playing alongside one of the league's top freshmen this season in Ave Stout. The middle blocker is second in the MAC in hitting percentage (.374) while also contributing 2.15 kills/set and 0.91 digs/set. Junior setter Lexie Pawlik is leading the conference with 11.44 assists/set. Senior libero Lena Oliver, a 2012 First Team All-MAC performer, is fourth in the MAC with 4.74 digs per set.
The Bobcats head back home for a pair of MAC East return contests. Ohio hosts Akron on Friday (Nov. 1) at 7 p.m. before facing off with Buffalo on Saturday (Nov. 2) at 7 p.m.