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Ohio Volleyball: Bobcats Fall to Bowling Green In Four Sets

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ATHENS, OH – Ohio Volleyball returned to the Convocation Center on Friday night to open their final weekend of regular season play.  The Bobcats (12-16, 7-8) dropped a 3-1 decision to Mid-American Conference East Division leader Bowling Green (18-10, 12-3) 22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17.

“It’s a great challenge to play that team,” Ohio head coach Deane Webb said of Bowling Green. “It’s a very, very different style and I think Bowling Green was adjusting to the changes we made.”

Falcons’ junior libero Kallie Seimet entered Friday’s match with 647 total digs – the most in the NCAA.  Seimet added 25 digs to that total against the Bobcats.

“She’s an incredible player,” Webb said. “You have to give her respect and have to give Bowling Green respect.  Kallie is a kid that makes you do something a little bit different than what you’d normally do.”

“It’s kind of something we expect,” Bobcats’ junior Lizzie Stephens said of Seimet. “It sucks having a good swing and then knowing it’s coming right back, but it’s something we knew that she was able to do and we have to keep it away from her so that we don’t have those problems.”

For the Bobcats, Stephens, Jaime Kosiorek, and Stephanie Olman each had 11 kills in the match.  Stephens and Kosiorek each had a Service Ace.  Kosiorek’s ace in the first set – the only set Ohio won — was her 50th of the season.  Vera Giacomazzi led the team with 42 assists.  Unfortunately, Ohio’s offense only hit .101 in the match.

“It was very poor,” Webb said of the team’s offense.  “We only had one player that hit over .106 all night and that was Simone (Miller).  You’re not going to win very many matches, regardless of who you’re playing, if your second best player hits .106.”

On the defensive end, the Bobcats recorded a season-high 15 total team blocks.  Sophomore Macy Reihing led the team with 28 digs, followed by Stephens and Vera Giacomazzi, who had 14 digs and 12 digs, respectively.

Ohio looks to rebound on Saturday as they welcome MAC foe Miami to the Convocation Center for their final regular season game.  The Bobcats will honor their four seniors – Jaime Kosiorek, Katie Nelson, Stephanie Olman, and Carley Remmers – prior to the match against the Redhawks.  The match will begin at 6 p.m.