Bobcats Bow Out in NCAA Second Round, 3-2 at No. 12 Duke

Updated 12/5/2010
DURHAM, N.C. - Ohio broke an all-time match record with 26.0 total team blocks and Sue Jacobi became the single-season kills leader but the Bobcats were defeated in the NCAA Tournament Second Round this evening at No. 12 Duke, 3-2 (15-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17, 10-15).

The 26.0 blocks broke a school record that had been intact for 12 years and it helped the 'Cats score 14 points more than the Blue Devils on this evening. It also meant that Ohio finished the season with 10 blocks or more in 19 of its final 21 matches.

Jacobi recorded her 19th double-double of the season, finishing with a match-high 17 kills to go along with 13 digs and eight blocks. The senior playing in her final contest, finished the 2010 season with 560 kills and averaged a double-double with 354 digs (35 matches). She will depart as the seventh all-time leader in kills with 1,208 during her four seasons.

Katie Post added 16 kills and 11 blocks for her second double-double of the season. She had the exact same totals in a win over Bowling Green this season and the 11 blocks tied her career-high. Post finished the season with the most block assists in a single season, 165 (Katie Mullen, 150 in 1998) and total blocks, 195 (Margaret Garwood, 194 in 1984.)

Lexie Hartnett finished the match with a career-high 12 kills and the All-MAC Freshman Team selection ended with 11.0 points for the Bobcats. She was joined in double-digit scoring by Michelle Jantsch (eight kills, seven blocks) and Faith Robins (six kills, eight blocks).

Jantsch also piled up 39 assists and fell just six short of the all-time career mark set by Briana Adamovsky (4,767 from 2001-04). She also finished tied for second (rally-scoring era) and tied for sixth (all-time) in service aces, ending her career with 127. Her 961 digs also places her seventh (rally-scoring era).

Emotional leader Meryl Bender finished with 16 digs to lead the Green & White and ended with 898 for her career. Freshman Mollie Geske added 13 and the team finished with 63, its seventh-highest total of the season.

Ohio fell behind 5-1 to start the match and trailed by as many as 13 (23-10) which was helped along by a 6-0 Duke run. Despite scoring five of the next six to trim the deficit to single digits, Ohio fell 25-12 in the first set. Jantsch had two blocks and six assists while Post added four kills.

The second set was 11-10 in favor of Ohio before the Bobcats rattled off seven of the next eight points for a 18-11 lead. The run was spearheaded by two kills and two blocks from Hartnett and three kills and a block from Robins.

After Duke cut it to 18-14, Ohio scored three more points, getting two blocks from Post and a block and kill from Robins. However, Duke responded with three points of its own to force an Ohio timeout at 21-17. After the break, it was the Bobcats evening the match at 1-1 with four-straight points (Jacobi kill, Post/Jantsch blocks, two Duke attack errors).

Hartnett finished the set with four kills and two blocks while Post added five blocks and Robins came through with five kills and three blocks. The 'Cats also held Duke to its lowest hitting percentage of the match, -.081.

Both teams knew what was at stake in the third set as Duke and Ohio traded points until the score hit 12-12. That's when the Blue Devils scored seven of the next eight for a 19-13 advantage. That run would help Duke go on to win the set 25-18 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Jacobi had five kills, two blocks and two assists while Post had five kills and Jantsch had two kills and eight assists.

Once again, both teams came out aggressively in the fourth set and the score sat at 10-10 before Ohio got on a run. Jantsch had a kill and three blocks as the `Cats built a 15-11 lead. After Duke cut the lead to 17-15, Ohio scored four of the next five points and forced the home team to use both their timeouts.

At 21-16, the Bobcats allowed a point before Post registered two kills and a block. Duke was then called for a lift and the `Cats evened the match with a 25-17 win in set four. Post came up big with five kills on 10 swings and four blocks, Jacobi had four kills on seven swings and Jantsch had three kills on three swings and four blocks. It was the best attacking set of the night for Ohio as the team hit .400.

The final set started 3-3 before Duke scored three-straight points to open a 6-3 lead. A resounding response was then heard from the Bobcats as two kills by Jacobi and three blocks (Hartnett/Robins twice and Hartnett/Jacobi once) gave Ohio an 8-6 lead.

Duke would retake the lead 9-8 before consecutive kills by Jacobi and Robins made it 10-9, Ohio. However, the Blue Devils responded with six in a row for a 15-10 win in the set and a 3-2 match win.

Ohio finishes the season with a record of 22-13 after its eighth-straight NCAA Tournament bid and second-consecutive trip to the second round. It also marks the ninth-straight season of at least 22 wins for Bobcat Volleyball.