Story by Brad Potts, BGSU Student Reporter
TOLEDO, OHIO -- The Ohio Bobcats swept their second straight opponent in the MAC Volleyball Tournament, defeating the Miami Redhawks 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22). Sue Jacobi lead the Bobcats with 12 kills while Michelle Jantsch added 27 assist for the Bobcats.
The Redhawks started their first set by making two service errors and an attack error, falling behind 2-4. The Bobcats were taking advantage of the Redhawks early mistakes; continue to stay in the lead increasing their lead to 10-6. The Redhawks tied the set at 14-14 after scoring three consecutive points, and kept the game close from then on. Mandy Nichols' kill gave the Bobcats the lead back at 19-20, and then followed up with another kill by Katie Post. This led the Bobcats to scoring four straight, and building the lead to 23-18. Michelle Jantsch recorded a kill to make Ohio's lead 24-19, which followed by an attack error by Miami to give the Bobcats the set, 25-19.
The second set was a back and forth battle to start, seeing both teams gain and then lose the lead. A Nichols' kill gave Ohio a 7-5 lead was then matched by Miami's Cassie Farrell who recorded a kill of her own. The Bobcats kept a comfortable advantage as Lexie Harnett kill gave them a 17-10 lead. The Redhawks didn't give up on the set scoring six straight. Nichols' kill ended the streak to give the Bobcats an 18-16 advantage. Michele Metzler added a kill for the Redhawks cutting Ohio's lead to only two as Miami continued to try and gain their first lead of the set. The Bobcats were able to stay in front throughout the match though, taking a 25-19 set win after a block by Jantsch.
The third set began with both teams exchanging points as neither team was able to take control. A Miami was trying to build a lead at 11-9 but the Bobcats answered right back with a kill by Jacobi. A Jacobi block gave Ohio their first two point advantage, as they took a 14-12 lead. As Ohio's lead grew to 17-14, Miami answered with a kill by Lisa Treadway to keep them within reach. Another Jacobi kill gave Ohio a 21-17 advantage, and helped further their lead on the Redhawks, eventually taking it to 22-17. Amy Raseman's kill for Miami cut the lead back to two after three straight points by the Redhawks to get the set to 22-20. Jacobi answered with a kill of her own to take their lead to 23-20. With the score at 24-21, Miami got a kill from Raseman to keep them alive, but Ohio scored on the very next point to take the set 25-22, and the match.
The No. 2 Ohio Bobcats will play the no. 4 Northern Illinois Huskies Sunday at 3:00 in the MAC Volleyball Tournament Championship.