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Volleyball Hits The Road For Final MAC Swing

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland is just 84 assists away from 2,000 for her career.
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Sophomore setter Abby Gilleland is just 84 assists away from 2,000 for her career.
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Nov. 7, 2013

MATCH NOTES

Weekend Schedule: 
Friday at Bowling Green (7 p.m.) - Live Stats | Live Audio
Saturday at Miami (5 p.m.) - Live Stats | Live Video

The Last Meeting
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Ohio3
October 5, 2013
Athens, Ohio
No. 20 Volleyball Clips Bowling Green, 3-0
Behind a strong defense and a stellar effort at the net, the No. 20 Ohio University volleyball team (14-2, 4-0 MAC) knocked off East Division rival Bowling Green (6-9, 3-1 MAC) in straight sets (25-17, 25-23, 25-15) Saturday evening inside the Convocation Center.

The Last Meeting
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Ohio3
October 4, 2013
Athens, Ohio
No. 20 Ohio Powers Past Rival Miami, 3-1
The No. 20 Ohio University volleyball team (13-2, 3-0 MAC) used a superior blocking effort to knock off rival Miami (8-7, 0-3 MAC) by a score of 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15) Friday evening inside the Convocation Center.

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team (20-4, 10-2) hits the road for the final time in Mid-American Conference play this weekend.

The Green & White battle Bowling Green on Friday (7 p.m.) and travel to Oxford for a matchup with Miami (5 p.m.) on Saturday. Ohio defeated both Miami (3-1) and Bowling Green (3-0) in the first meetings between the teams Oct. 4-5 inside the Convocation Center.

Victories over Bowling Green and Miami this weekend would clinch the MAC East Division title for Ohio for the 11th-straight season.

Ohio sits in first place in the MAC East Division with a 10-2 league mark. The Bobcats’ 20-4 overall start is the program’s best since the 2007 season.

Ohio kept its place atop the MAC East standings after earning a pair of divisional victories this past weekend over Akron (3-0) and Buffalo (3-1) inside the Convocation Center.

With the pair of victories, the Green & White reached the 20-win plateau and have now captured at least 10 MAC victories for the 12th-straight season.

Ohio held both Akron (.116) and Buffalo (.165) under a .200 hitting clip. The Bobcats have limited 11 of their 12 MAC opponents to under .200 hitting this season. Ohio leads the MAC in opponent hitting percentage (.143) in conference play.

Sophomore libero Meredith Ashy (Louisville, Ky.) notched an impressive 6.0 digs/set to bolster Ohio’s defense on the weekend and set a personal best digs mark in a three set match with 25 (8.3 digs/set) in the win over Akron. She has notched double-digit digs in 22 of 24 contests this season.

Redshirt junior outside hitter/right side Liis Kullerkann provided the offensive spark for the Bobcats, as the Keila, Estonia native combined for 3.0 kills/set and a .406 hitting percentage over the course of the two matches.

The Bobcats are ranked No. 42 in the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released Monday. Ohio is 1-3 against RPI top-50 opponents and 7-3 against the RPI top-100.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS (12-12, 8-4 MAC)
The Falcons are sitting in second in the MAC East behind the Bobcats. In the first meeting between these two squads, Ohio handed Bowling Green its only three-set loss in conference play. The Green and White held the Falcons to a .122 hitting percentage and outblocked them 13-6.

The high-flying Falcons’ offense features three players in the conference’s top-10 in kills per set. Seniors Lindsey Butterfield (3.23) and Paige Penrod (3.14) are seventh and ninth respectively, while freshman Jelena Sunjic’s 2.85 kills per set is tops among freshmen and 10th overall. Junior setter Erica Fullenkamp is eighth in the conference with 8.69 assists per set. Defensively, senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Skinner is pacing the conference with 1.42 blocks per set. Another senior Ashley Dunn, a libero, is sixth in the conference with 4.62 digs per set.

SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS (10-14, 2-10 MAC)
The RedHawks have dropped their past five matches, but took Ohio to four sets in the teams’ first meeting in October. The Redhawks held the Bobcats below their season average in hitting percentage at .252, but Miami was only able to hit .099 against Ohio’s defense.

On offense, Miami features sophomore middle blocker Jenny Engle, who is leading the MAC in hitting percentage at .371 and leads the team in 2.67 kills per set. Junior Meg Riley is second on the team is kills per set (2.46) and assists per set (4.06). Freshman setter Krista Brakauskas is leading the team with 6.87 assists per set, which is good for tenth in the conference. Another freshman, Paige Hill, is leading Miami and is sixth in the MAC with 1.18 blocks/set.

UP NEXT
Ohio wraps up the 2013 MAC schedule with a pair of matches inside the Convocation Center. Ohio hosts Kent State on No. 14 at 7 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, then battles Central Michigan on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Thursday’s game will mark the first regular season televised game in program history.

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