Spartans Can't Stall 'Cats Streak

By
Kaylee Donegan


Updated Thu, Sep 13, 2012 11:37 pm

Ohio volleyball soared through the Bobcat Volleyball Invitational last weekend, winning nine straight sets. Thursday night in Fleming Gymnasium, Ohio's play was no different. 

The Bobcats defeated the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro in three straight sets, improving their win streak to four and have now won 12 straight sets. 

Ohio came right out of the gate attacking and it proved to be too much for UNC-Greensboro to handle. 

The Bobcats handled set one easily 25-15, while racking up 16 kills in the first set alone. 

Ohio took set two 25-16 and pushed its sideout percentage up to 81 percent. 

The Spartans rallied back in set three, with the roar of their crowd behind them, but two aces by Kelly Lamberti late in the set pushed Ohio to the finsh. Lamberti has been leading the 'Cats as of late and finished Thursday's game with 13 kills and five digs. The sophomore hit .267 on the night. 

"I thought she has really turned it on [recently]," head coach Ryan Theis said. "It all started with the Western Carolina game and through Oregon and then the same last weekend. She's a great player. Game three especially was all about her." 

Despite UNC-Greensboro trying to make a late come back in set three, Ohio never game up the lead in that set. With only three lead changes the whole night, Ohio did a good job earning and maintaing the lead. 

Head coach Ryan Theis feels the success is a total team effort. 

"I think our offense is clicking," Theis said. "I think our first and second touches, our liberos and our setters, are doing a nice job getting the hitters good looks and the hitters are doing a good job keeping it in. I think they did a good job tonight."

Freshman Abby Gilleland had 29 assists for the night and fellow first year player Meredith Ashy had 16 digs. 

The North Carolina trip continues on through the weekend with a Saturday match-up in Chapel Hill against North Carolina and a face off against North Carolina State on Sunday. 

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