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Bobcats Back on Road for Kent State and Central Michigan

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Serena Warner and Ohio travel to Kent State and Central Michigan this weekend.
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Serena Warner and Ohio travel to Kent State and Central Michigan this weekend.
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Oct. 30, 2012

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Thursday, November 1 - Ohio at Kent State, 7 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video

The Last Meeting
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September 27, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Blanks Kent State, 3-0
Ohio increased its winning streak against Kent State to 21 matches with a sweep this evening. The `Cats took their MAC home opener in straight sets, 25-19, 28-26, 25-22 and captured their ninth-straight home game against a MAC East foe.

The Last Meeting
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November 19, 2011
Geneva, Ohio
Ohio Volleyball Bows Out in MAC Semifinals, 3-0 to CMU
Ohio Volleyball dropped its first MAC Tournament match in four years and was eliminated by No. 6 seed Central Michigan in the semifinals this evening, 25-17, 25-22, 25-14. It will be the first time since 2002 that the MAC Championship match will not have the Bobcats in it.

Saturday, November 3 - Ohio at Central Michigan, 7 p.m. Live Stats | Live Video

Ohio Volleyball Begins Road Swing with Kent State and Central Michigan
Ohio Volleyball begins a three-week road swing with matches at Kent State and Central Michigan. The Bobcats will play two matches on the road next weekend to close conference play before traveling to Geneva, Ohio for the 2012 MAC Tournament, Nov. 16-18.

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Last Weekend
Ohio Volleyball clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament with a 3-1 win over rival Miami on Friday. Three players scored in double figures with Chelsea Bilger (18 kills) and Kelly Lamberti (16 kills) pacing the 'Cat attack. Ohio was led by Serena Warner's eight blocks as the team collected 14.0, its most in a four-set match during MAC play.

Abby Gilleland had 42 assists for the second-consecutive match and her 19 digs gave her a third double-double on the season. Meredith Ashy notched 25 digs, her second-highest total in a match this year and Lamberti had 14 digs for a third-straight double-double.

On Saturday, in a battle between the top two teams in the MAC, Ohio swept Bowling Green on Senior Night. Lexie Hartnett and Faith Robins each tallied 10 kills as the Bobcats won their 11th match in a row to sit alone atop the league standings.

Robins' performances capped a weekend that saw her notch 23 kills and hit .447 for the Bobcats, earning MAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors. Hartnett reached double figures for the first time in MAC play this season as she hit .333 vs. the Falcons.

Ohio Notes
The Bobcats lead the MAC in blocking with an average of 2.75 per set and rank 25th in the nation. Meanwhile, they are limiting opponents to a .171 hitting percentage, also tops in the MAC, and averaging 17.85 digs per set, second in the MAC.

Ohio is also tops in the league offensively with a .252 hitting percentage and an average of 14.62 kills per set. The Bobcats also rank fourth in the MAC with an average of 1.23 service aces per set.

Serena Warner leads the league in blocking with an average of 1.35 per set and Lexie Hartnett is seventh in MAC play. Warner also ranks fifth in the MAC with an exceptional .301 hitting percentage and is one of the MAC leaders 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, aces and points. She is joined in the top 10 by classmate Chelsea Bilger, who is averaging 3.85 kills per set in league play, third overall. Faith Robins has also emerged as a strong offensive option for the ‘Cats, ranking fifth in the MAC with a .324 hitting percentage.

Two freshmen, Meredith Ashy and Abby Gilleland are also excelling early in their careers. Ashy now leads the MAC with an average of 5.10 digs per set while Gilleland's 9.83 assists per set are also one of the top marks in the conference.

Opponents at a Glance
The Golden Flashes (6-18, 3-9) dropped a pair of matches to MAC foes this past weekend. The Golden Flashes lost a hard-fought match Friday to Bowling Green in five sets and fell to Miami on Saturday, also in five sets. Kent State currently leads the league in service aces with 1.32 per set.

KSU is led by senior Kathy Krupa who is among the league leaders in hitting percentage (.292) and aces (0.30). Junior Hannah Herc is averaging 4.55 digs per set, one of the top marks in the MAC

Central Michigan enters the week 12-11 on the year and 6-6 in the MAC. After winning six of their first eight MAC contests, the Chippewas have dropped four straight to fall back to 500. CMU is second in the MAC in opponent hitting percentage, right behind the Bobcats at .182.

Freshman Angelique White has been strong for the Chippewas, ranking fifth in blocks and being near the top of the MAC in hitting percentage. Sophomore Kaitlyn McIntyre is fifth in kills and one of the league leaders in aces. Junior Jenna Coates’ 4.99 digs per set rank her just behind Ohio’s Meredith Ashy for tops in the league.

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 112-46, including a 62-14 record in MAC regular season play. He is 32 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 Defensive Player of the Week for a second time this past week. The freshman has been a contributor from Day One for the Bobcats, leading the MAC with an average of 5.10 digs per set.

This past weekend she notched a match-best 25 digs, one shy of her season high, in a win over Miami. Then against MAC co-leader BG, Ashy led the way once more with 14 digs.

Bilger Bashing MAC Foes
Chelsea Bilger was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week by the league office on Oct. 8. The sophomore earned her first league honor while becoming the fourth Bobcat this year to win a weekly award.

Bilger led Ohio in kills, 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.

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.

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.