Ohio Volleyball: Buffalo Preview

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The Ohio University volleyball team (6-8) will face off against division rival Buffalo (7-4) Friday night in upstate New York to kick off the start of conference play. The Bulls are coming into this game at the top of the Eastern Division, while OU sits in the third spot.

The Bobcats will look to put an end to their five-game losing streak Friday night.

Last time these two teams went head to head was back in October of last year in which the Bobcats came out victorious with a four-set win.

During last year’s matchup, Ohio had seven service aces while holding the Bulls from getting a single one. The Bobcats also led that game in assists (51-44).

The Bulls did lead the match when it came to blocks (12.0-7.0) as well as digs (56-47), but it was not enough to earn them the victory.

Both teams have a strong front row with Buffalo averaging 12.25 kills per set, while OU trails by with a mere 12.02 kills per set.

Ohio University sophomore outside hitter, Lizzie Stephens (#11), has been a leader this season, tallying up 185 kills for the team and will be looking to carry that momentum into tomorrow’s match.

For Buffalo, Polina Prokudina (#19) has had a similar impact on her team with 180 kills this season, setting up for a good matchup between the two sophomores.

Despite both teams heading into this game coming off losses, it is still expected to be a great rivalry match for opening night on Friday.