Nov. 29, 2013
GAME NOTES | LIVE STATS
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team (27-4, 14-2) wraps up the 2013 regular season with a non-conference showdown at Virginia Commonwealth (25-8, 11-3) on Saturday (Nov. 30) at Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Last Meeting
August 27, 2010
Bobcats Roll Rams in Opener, 3-0
Senior Sue Jacobi led Ohio with 11 kills and helped pace a Bobcat offense that hit. 432 in a season-opening 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-16) win over VCU in the Convo this morning.
Ohio will battle the Rams at 5 p.m. in Richmond. After wrapping up the regular season against VCU, the Bobcats will then return home to prepare for the 2013 NCAA Championship. The Green & White will learn their first round opponent and NCAA Tournament site Sunday at 9:30 p.m. when the championship field is revealed on ESPNU. All fans are welcome to attend the team's official watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Athens.
The Bobcats have won 11-straight matches, including five-consecutive 3-0 sweeps.
With a victory over the Rams, Ohio head coach Ryan Theis will become the all-time wins leader in Ohio program history. Theis is currently tied with former skipper Geoff Carlson for first all time (144). He was named MAC Coach of the Year Wednesday.
The top-seeded Bobcats swept all nine sets in last weekend's MAC Tournament en route to the eighth championship in program history. Ohio also won its eighth MAC regular season title in 2013, capturing both the regular season and tournament titles for the sixth time in school history.
The Green & White have compiled a 29-5 record in the MAC Tournament since the 2000 season. Ohio has won eight tournament titles (2003-10, 2013) over that span and has notched an 8-1 record in MAC Final contests.
Graduate middle blocker Alexis Pinson (Phoenix, Ariz.) posted 12 total blocks during the MAC Tournament (1.33/set) and now ranks third in block assists (144) and t-6th in total blocks (157) on Ohio’s single season records list.
The Bobcats limited 14 of their 16 MAC opponents to under .200 hitting in league play. Ohio led the MAC in opponent hitting percentage (.152) in conference games and held Kent (.152), NIU (.162) and EMU (.198) under the mark during the MAC Championship.
The Bobcats are No. 35 in the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) released Monday. Ohio is 1-2 against RPI top-50 opponents and 8-3 against the RPI top-100.
SCOUTING THE RAMS (25-8, 11-3 A-10)
VCU finished second in the Atlantic 10 and is coming off a four-set loss in the conference tournament final to Duquesne. The Rams are currently sitting at No. 64 in the RPI and are 9-1 at home this season.
The team features the A-10 Player of the Year in outside hitter Romana Kriskova. The sophomore is fifth in the country with 4.86 kills per set along with 2.34 digs per set. Defensively, the Rams are led by junior Amanda Love - the conference’s Libero of the Year - who is averaging 3.74 digs per set. Junior middle blocker Janelle Sykes leads the way with 1.38 blocks per set, which places her at 21st nationally, four spots ahead of Ohio’s Alexis Pinson.
The Bobcats are 2-0 all-time against VCU. The most recent meeting came in Athens on Sept. 28, 2010 when Ohio won in three sets.
The Bobcats will find out where they’re heading for NCAA Championship opening round action Sunday at 9:30 p.m. during the NCAA Volleyball Championship Selection Show on ESPNU.