The Ohio University girls’ volleyball team celebrate after scoring against Western Michigan on October 22, 2016. (Robert McGraw/WOUB)

Ohio Volleyball Knocks Off Northern Illinois On the Road

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The Ohio volleyball team (11-12, 5-4 MAC) defeated West Division foe Northern Illinois in just four sets (5-19, 4-5 MAC) on the road.

The Bobcats picked up their second win in a row and earned their first victory over the Huskies in DeKalb since 2013. Ohio hit .234 with 60 kills in the win and took advantage of 14 service errors and eight blocking errors by Northern Illinois.

Lizzie Stephens led Ohio with a match-high 20 kills and hit .333. She tallied at least 20 kills for the third time this year and has posted double-digit kills a team-high 19 times for Ohio.

Stephens also recorded four service aces to tie for the match lead, bringing her season total to 44. She also finished Friday’s match with an assisted block and five digs.

Freshman middle blocker Tia Jimerson hit .381 and provided Ohio with 12 kills. She also added an assisted block, an assist and a dig.

Ohio set the tone for the match by hitting .310 in the opening set en route to a seven-point triumph. Despite losing a close third set 23-25, the Bobcats were able to close out the match in the following set, 25-20.

Ohio looks to make it three victories in a row when it visits Western Michigan (12-7, 4-4 MAC) on Saturday night (Oct. 21) in Kalamazoo, Mich.