Ohio Sweeps Past Volleyball, 3-0
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ohio University, a squad that has reached the NCAA Tournament for eight-straight seasons, handed UNCG its first three-set loss (15-25, 16-25, 19-25) of the season, cruising past the Spartans Thursday evening at Fleming Gymnasium.
Freshman libero Katherine Santiago racked up 14 digs to lead the back row for the Spartans while redshirt junior outside Olivia Humphries tallied 10 kills. Junior libero Kellie Orewiler also contributed two service aces and a kill.
"We knew Ohio was a great offensive team and we talked about who their big hitters were all week," head coach Patrick Nicholas said. "I was disappointed that our blocking wasn't as disciplined as it should have been. I know our team is young, and there will be some errors because of it, but the unforced errors are unacceptable. You cannot just give away points like we did. There was a great crowd in the building tonight. I wish we could have entertained them a little bit more."
Orewiler began the proceedings with an ace, but Ohio went on a 6-2 run – capped off by a Serena Warner kill – to push in front by a 6-3 score. UNCG rallied and tied the frame at eight on junior Morgan Freeman's ace, but the Bobcats scored eight of the next 10 points to establish a 16-10 cushion. The Spartans would score just five more times in the interval, leading to the 25-15 final set score.
With the teams tied at three in the second set, sophomore Vicky Harley committed an offensive miscue to finish a 5-1 Ohio run which made the score 8-4. Freshman Lauren Betlach pulled UNCG within three at 11-8 with a kill, but another 5-1 tear helped the Bobcats take control and build a 16-9 advantage. The Spartans did not threaten again as Ohio cruised to the 25-16 victory and a 2-0 match lead.
UNCG fell behind early in the third interval, 10-5, but dug down and clawed to within 17-14 on a Betlach kill. Junior Karrian Chambers kept the Spartans close with a kill as they trailed by only two late (21-19). However, two aces, a kill and a UNCG attack error pushed the Bobcats to the finish line as they won the final set 25-19.
The Spartans return to the court tomorrow (Friday), Aug. 14, as they host the Spartan Spiketacular. Morehead State and Youngstown State will battle at 4:30 inside Fleming Gymnasium before UNCG and UNC Wilmington face off at 7 p.m. The event concludes Saturday with four matches.
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