Nov. 14, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball will try to reclaim the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship this weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Bobcats won the regular-season title and earned the No. 1 seed.
The Last Meeting
October 13, 2012
Ohio Sweeps Ball State on Road
Ohio Volleyball earned its seventh win in a row by sweeping Ball State on Saturday evening, 25-23, 25-22, 25-12. The `Cats were balanced throughout the match on both sides of the net and snapped a two-match losing streak to the Cardinals.
Ohio finished atop the conference standings after going 14-2, its best mark since 2009. The Bobcats have won the conference title on seven occasions (2003-06, 2008-10) and reached the NCAA Tournament all but once since 2003.
The Green and White face off against Ball State in the quarterfinals on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Bobcats bested the Cardinals earlier this season in Muncie, 3-0. If Ohio were to earn the victory, the semifinal match would be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday against either Northern Illinois or Akron.
The 2012 MAC Championship game will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Check your local listings for station information.
Ohio is 17-1 all-time as the No. 1 seed, having claimed tournament titles in 2003, '04, '05, '06 and '08. The lone loss as the top seed occurred in the 2007 MAC final to Miami.
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.
Three’s a Charm for Lamberti
Kelly Lamberti was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week for a third time this season on Monday. After winning in consecutive weeks earlier this season, she now has captured four MAC weekly awards during her career.
Lamberti led the team in kills this weekend, hitting over .380 in both matches as Ohio won the MAC regular-season title. She is second in the MAC in kills and points while also ranking fifth in aces.
After pacing the `Cats with 15 kills in a win at Buffalo, Lamberti finished with 21 kills and 13 digs for her 15th double-double of the season at Akron. The 21 kills against the Zips was her second-best offensive performance of the MAC season (24 in five sets at Toledo).
Warner Wins Second Weekly Award
Warner led Ohio in blocks and was second on the team in point scoring this weekend and earned her second MAC weekly award. The sophomore had her best offensive performance of the MAC season with nine kills at Buffalo, hitting .533. She then had one of her best defensive performances with six block assists against the Zips.
Warner continues to lead the league in blocking with an average of 1.33 per set and ranks third with a .308 hitting percentage. After her performances this weekend from the service line (six aces), she has moved to fourth in the league in that category.
The Bobcats lead the MAC in blocking with an average of 2.79 per set and rank 19th in the nation. Meanwhile, they are limiting opponents to a .152 hitting percentage, also tops in the MAC, and averaging 17.36 digs per set, second in the MAC.
Ohio also leads the league offensively with a .245 hitting percentage and sits third with an average of 14.11 kills per set. The Bobcats also rank fourth in the MAC with an average of 1.18 service aces per set.
Sophomore Chelsea Bilger is averaging 3.33 kills per set in league play, putting her up among the conference’s best. Faith Robins has also emerged as a strong offensive option for the ‘Cats, ranking among the MAC’s best with a .288 hitting percentage. Another one of the Bobcat upperclassmen, Lexie Hartnett, is among the MAC’s best with an average of 1.03 blocks per set
Two freshmen, Meredith Ashy and Abby Gilleland are also excelling early in their careers. Ashy now ranks third in the MAC with an average of 4.98 digs per set while Gilleland's 9.94 assists per set are also one of the top marks in the conference.
Ohio was the only MAC East team to win both its matches last weekend and because of that, captured the regular season title on Saturday with a four-set win at Akron. This is league title number seven for the Bobcats, all since 2003.
A week after struggling offensively, the Bobcats had their best performance of the year hitting .410 against the Bulls to earn a sweep. Chelsea Bilger had nine kills (.319), as did Serena Warner (.533), while Karin Bull and Faith Robins each finished with eight kills and hit over .500. Abby Gilleland led the Green and White with 46 assists, matching her season-high (Dayton, 8/26).
Against the Zips, Bilger finished in double figures with 10 kills and three other Bobcats, Warner, Bull and Robins each eclipsed the 10-point mark in the match. Warner led the `Cats with six blocks and Bull registered three solo denials. On the night, Ohio had 13.0 team blocks, 10.0 in the final two sets. Meredith Ashy had 14 digs, her eighth-straight match of 12 digs or more.
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 115-47, including a 65-15 record in MAC regular season play. He is 29 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 on Oct. 29. 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. Earlier this season, Ashy surpassed 20 digs in wins over Kent State and EMU to garner her first weekly award.
Robins Rocking it for ‘Cats
Faith Robins was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Oct. 29. She started with a season-high 13 kills against rival Miami, hitting .429 for the Bobcats and adding six blocks. Robins followed that with 10 kills, one shy of the team-high, and once again hit over .400 against MAC co-leader Bowling Green on her Senior Night
Bilger Bashing MAC Foes
Chelsea Bilger was named the MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8. The sophomore earned her first league honor after leading 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.
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.