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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Leah Petrovich is one of three Bobcats playing their final MAC matches at home this weekend.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM
Leah Petrovich is one of three Bobcats playing their final MAC matches at home this weekend.
OHIOBOBCATS.COM

Oct. 25, 2012

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The Last Meeting
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Miami (Oh)0
September 22, 2012
Oxford, Ohio
Bobcats Sweep Miami, 3-0
Ohio Volleyball earned its sixth-straight sweep of Miami this afternoon with a 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 victory at Millett Hall. The Bobcats improved to 6-8 and evened their MAC record behind a well-balanced attack.

The Last Meeting
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September 21, 2012
Bowling Green, Ohio
Ohio Dropped by Bowling Green in MAC Opener, 3-0
Ohio Volleyball was swept in its 2012 Mid-American Conference opener at Bowling Green this evening, 25-23, 25-15, 25-20. The Bobcats dropped to 5-8, 0-1 while the Falcons improved to 5-7, 0-1

Saturday, October 27 - Ohio vs. Bowling Green, 7 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video

Ohio Volleyball Closes Home Slate with Miami and BG
Ohio Volleyball puts a ribbon on the 2012 MAC home schedule with matches against rivals Miami and Bowling Green. Friday will be Dig Pink Night as the ‘Cats (9-1) take on the RedHawks (3-7) at 7 p.m. Saturday is Senior Night at The Convo and pits the top teams in the league as Ohio and Bowling Green (9-1) do battle 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.

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 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. Also that evening, the first 500 fans will receive free commemorative t-shirts.

Senior Night
Ohio Volleyball will recognize the accomplishments of three student-athletes; Lexie Hartnett, Leah Petrovich and Faith Robins, after the match against Bowling Green. This trio has been a part of 86 wins and has an amazing MAC winning percentage of 81 percent. That same night Ohio Athletics will be holding a canned food drive and all fans presenting a non-perishable food item receive FREE admission

Last Weekend
Ohio Volleyball moved to the top of the MAC standings with a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Northern Illinois on Friday and then in a battle of division leaders, swept Western Michigan on Saturday. The Bobcats have now won nine matches in a row and six straight in the regular season against MAC West foes.

Kelly Lamberti finished with two double-doubles on the weekend and led the Bobcats in digs against MAC West leader Western Michigan. The sophomore now has 10 double-doubles on the season, five in MAC play.

Chelsea Bilger led Ohio in kills this weekend with a match-best 16 in the win over Western Michigan. She hit .577 against the Broncos, one night after notching 12 kills in a win over NIU.

Faith Robins had 17 kills for the weekend and hit .378, Lexie Hartnett had eight kills while hitting .467 against NIU and Serena Warner led the team in blocking while hitting over .400 vs. WMU.

Leah Petrovich paced Ohio with 28 assists vs. NIU and Abby Gilleland’s 42 assists led the ‘Cat attack against WMU. Meredith Ashy had 36 digs to lead the Green and White over the weekend and after notching 10.0 blocks vs. NIU, the team hit .359 against WMU, showing its balance.

Ohio Notes
The Bobcats lead the MAC in blocking with an average of 2.79 per set and rank 23rd in the nation. Meanwhile, they are limiting opponents to a .173 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 .253 hitting percentage and an average of 14.61 kills per set.

Serena Warner leads the league in blocking with an average of 1.32 per set and Lexie Hartnett is sixth in MAC play. Warner also ranks third in the MAC with an exceptional .317 hitting percentage and is second in aces per set.

The sophomore has paired with classmate Kelly Lamberti to create a strong Ohio offensive attack. Lamberti is second in the MAC in kills and third in aces and points. She is joined in the top 10 by classmate Chelsea Bilger, who is averaging 3.82 kills per set in league play, fourth overall. Bilger and Faith Robins are both among the league leaders in hitting percentage (+.290)

Two freshmen, Meredith Ashy and Abby Gilleland are also excelling early in their careers. Ashy ranks third in the MAC with an average of 5.00 digs per set while Gilleland's 8.84 assists per set are also one of the top marks in the conference.

Opponents at a Glance
Miami extended its winning streak to three games with home wins against Toledo and Ball State on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The RedHawks swept the Rockets and defeated the Cardinals, 3-2, in a tough back-and-forth match.

Freshman middle hitter Jenny Ingle was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week after an impressive .478 hitting percentage on the weekend. She had a total of 26 kills in two matches, including a career-high tying 15 kills in only three sets in a win against Toledo on Friday. In that match she hit .636.

Bowling Green split a pair of conference matches over the weekend, but remain in first place in the MAC at 9-1. The Falcons lost a conference match for the first time all year, dropping a four-set decision to Ball State, but the team bounced back to defeat rival Toledo in four sets the next night.

As a team, Bowling Green averaged 2.50 blocks per set on the week. Paige Penrod had double-doubles in both league matches, including a career-best 27 digs against Ball State, and Leah Shaw had nine kills on just 16 swings against Toledo for a .562 attack percentage. She also added a match-high six blocks.

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 110-46, including a 60-14 record in MAC regular season play. He is 34 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.