Ohio once again failed to record a win after an unsuccessful weekend at the WKU Invitational in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Ohio (0-11) came close after defeating Austin Peay in the first two sets of its second Saturday match, but it dropped three sets in a row and left the invitational with nothing to show for the weekend.
Here is how the WKU Invitational went for the Bobcats:
Ohio lost to Western Kentucky (11-1) in its opening match of the invitational. Western Kentucky made quick work of Ohio and swept the match 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-19).
The Bobcats were outmatched from the start. The Hilltoppers dominated in points, kills, service aces, blocks and assists. Tria McLean landed the only ace for the Bobcats on Friday.
The trio of Maggie Nedoma, Caitlin O’Farrell and Caroline Clippard commanded Ohio’s front row. Nedoma, O’Farrell and Clippard have led Ohio’s offensive efforts this season.
The Bobcats faced both Lipscomb (3-7) and Austin Peay (5-6), but they were plagued with issues that have hindered them throughout the season.
The Bobcats gathered their wits after their Friday loss and came out focused against Lipscomb. They won set one and hit .500 as a team, but the energy was short-lived. The Bison took three sets in a row and the Bobcats were handed a 1-3 (25-18, 20-25, 18-25, 17-25) loss.
Elizabeth Hoerlein led the Bobcats in blocks with seven. The sophomore also collected four kills in her four sets played.
The Bobcats were down on their luck heading into their final match of the weekend. However, not all hope was lost. Ohio found the fire within and took the first two sets against Austin Peay.
It wasn’t meant to last, however.
The Governors took set three, and the Bobcats never recovered. They went on to lose the match 2-3 (25-22, 25-20, 14-25, 19-25, 11-15) for their 11th straight loss of the season
Ohio begins its Mid-American Conference schedule Sept. 24-25 when it faces Toledo in The Convo. The matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 25.