Game Story by Brad Potts, BGSU Student Reporter
TOLEDO, OHIO -- The No. 2 Ohio Bobcats volleyball team defeated the No. 10 Buffalo Bulls to advance to the semifinals in the Mid-American Conference tournament. Ohio won the match the three sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-8).
Early in the first set with Sue Jacobi serving the Bobcats were able to separate themselves from the Bulls scoring three straight points to take a 7-4 lead. Jacobi added another kill to extend Ohio's lead to 14-9 later in the set and then followed that with a block for another point. Lexie Harnett added a kill to take the lead to 18-10 for the Bobcats as they continued to further themselves from the Bulls. Buffalo then went on a 6-1 run to take Ohio's lead down to 19-16, forcing a Bobcat timeout. Ohio came out of the timeout regaining control, leading to a 25-20 set win.
Ohio stayed in control in the start of the second set, getting off to a 6-1 lead. Buffalo was able to get themselves back in the set by scoring five straight points and cutting the lead to just 9-8 in the early goings. The score remained close, but the Bobcats got an edge when Jacobi got a kill to give them a 15-12 lead. They then received another kill by Katie Post to make it 16-13. Jacobi was able to tip a ball between all of the defenders to give the Bobcats their first 4 point lead since early on, making it 18-14. The Bulls would not go away though as they came back with four points of their own tying the score at 18-18. The Bobcats regained control once again scoring four of the next five to take a 22-19 lead late in the set. A Jacobi kill made the score 24-22 in favor of the Bobcats and a point later a Post kill gave them their second win of the match 25-22.
Mandy Nichols started off the third set with a kill for the Bobcats, continuing right where they left off before the break. From there, the No. 2 seeded Ohio Bobcats rolled to an 8-3 lead over the Bulls. With Jacobi serving, and leading the way, Ohio was able to extend their lead to 14-4. The Bulls could never recover from that and eventually fell 8-25.
Ohio will face No. 11 Miami tomorrow in the second semifinal match of the evening at 7 p.m.