GENEVA, Ohio - The 2013 MAC Championship is set as the #1 seeded Ohio University Bobcats will face the #7 Eastern Michigan University Eagles. First serve is set for Sunday, November 24th at 1 PM at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
The Bobcats finished the 2013 season as the outright MAC champs with a 24-4 overall record, going 14-2 in the MAC. This will be the first appearance in the MAC Championship game for OU since 2010 when the Bobcats won the title in three sets over Northern Illinois. Head Coach Ryan Theis will be making his fourth appearance in the championship match looking to improve to 4-0 in title games.
The top-seeded Bobcats advanced to the finals by collecting back-to-back sweeps over #8 Kent State and #5 Northern Illinois. Ohio has been led by 2013 MAC Volleyball Player and Setter of the Year, sophomore Abby Gilleland, as she has paced the OU offensive attack with 11.83 assists per set. Gilleland is joined by All-MAC first team members Karin Bull, Kelly Lamberti and Alexis Pinson, as well as All-Freshman team member Katie Horton who has registered two double-digit kill games in the tournament so far.
#7 Eastern Michigan has made a Cinderella beginning two weeks ago as the Eagles needed a series of events to happen just to make it into the 2013 MAC Volleyball Championship. The Eagles are now one game away from a berth in the NCAA tournament. EMU finished the 2013 regular season 16-15 and 6-10 in the MAC before topping Toledo in a five-set thriller Friday and Western Michigan in straight-sets Saturday.
Eastern Michigan will be led by setter Jill Briner who has 101 assists for the Eagles through their first two matches. Joining Briner will be her favorite targets Paige Roback, Erin Short and Stacey Perinar. Short paced the Eagles through to the championship match with 16 kills over Western Michigan in the semifinals.
During the regular season the Bobcats took the only meeting, topping the Eagles 3-1 in Ypsilanti on October 12th.
The championship match will be able to be seen live throughout Ohio and in Western and Central New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. In addition, Cox and BCSN will also air the match live. Comcast Michigan will carry the match live for the Michigan viewing audience. Mike Cairns and Michelle Mimna will be on the call. See channel information below and check your local listings for complete details.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel: 311 and 1311 (HD).
BCSN: Check Local Listings
Cox: Check Local Listings
Comcast: Channel 900
Buffalo, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel: Check Local Listings
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Rochester, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel: Check Local Listings