Northern Illinois 3, Ohio 2
- The No. 4 Northern Illinois Huskies battled back from a two set deficit to upset No. 1 Ohio in a five-set thriller (23-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-11) on Saturday in the first semifinal of the 2012 MAC Volleyball Tournament at SPIRE Institute.
NIU dropped the first two sets in close fashion and trailed 20-22 in set four before rattling off five straight points to force a fifth set. The Huskies then scored the last five points of the match after trailing 10-11 in the decisive set.
Meghan Romo tallied 18 kills, Alexis Gonzalez picked up 58 assists, and Amber Walker had 22 digs to lead Northern Illinois. Kelly Lamberti’s 19 kill, 25 dig double-double topped Ohio.
Northern Illinois will await the winner of No. 2 Bowling Green and No. 3 Western Michigan in Sunday’s MAC Championship. The Championship match starts at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast LIVE on SportsTime Ohio & ESPN3.