Dec. 3, 2010

Courtesy of Ohio Athletics

DURHAM, N.C. - Sue Jacobi broke Ohio's single-season points record with her 18th double-double of the season (match-high 16 kills and 10 digs) and the Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the second-consecutive season with a sweep of Penn this evening, 25-21, 27-25, 25-17.

Jacobi's 627.5 points broke the one-year old mark set by Ellen Herman (623.0) and the senior helped Ohio earn their first sweep in the NCAA Tournament since a second-round win over Ohio State, five years ago to the day.

Katie Post added 13 kills and hit .375 while adding a match-high six blocks for the Green & White. Michelle Jantsch added 41 assists, pushing her within 45 of the all-time career mark set by Briana Adamovsky (4,767 from 2001-2004).

Meryl Bender had a match-high 20 digs, the third time this season she has reached the 20-dig mark, and three other Bobcats, Jacobi, Jantsch and Mollie Geske all recorded 10 or more digs during the match.

In the first set, Ohio led 7-6 before consecutive kills by Post and Jantsch were followed by a Penn attack error and a dual block by Post and Mandy Nichols that made the score 11-6. The `Cats took their largest lead at seven points, 19-12, and despite Penn cutting it to three at 24-21, a kill by Jacobi would win the first set for the Bobcats.

Jacobi finished the set with five kills and Post added four kills and three blocks. The Bobcats out-blocked the Quakers, 6-1.

The second set was tied 8-8 before a Penn attack error and kills by Nichols and Post pushed Ohio in front 11-8. After two-consecutive Quaker points, Jacobi killed two tries and Post added another along with a dual block that involved Jantsch to make the score 15-10, `Cats.

Penn used a four-point run to eventually tie the game, 19-19 before a Nichols kill regained the advantage for Ohio. The teams traded points until the Green & White fell behind 25-24. At that point, Jacobi blasted two kills upon the Quakers to push the Bobcats in front before an ace from Jantsch closed things out, 27-25.

Ohio hit the 10-block plateau during the second set with four denials and the two main offensive threats, Post and Jacobi, combined for 11 kills and three blocks. Jantsch, along with winning the set on a well-placed service ace, added 16 assists for the Bobcats.

Jacobi broke Herman's single-season points record on her first kill of the third set as the Bobcats scored the first five points. Ohio took a 13-6 lead on a ball handling error by the Quakers and seemed to have things firmly in control.

Then, Penn scored four in a row and cut the deficit to three which forced a timeout. However, Ohio would score 10 of the next 14 points to take its largest lead (nine) en route to a 25-17 win. Lexie Hartnett had her best set of the night with six of her nine kills in the final stanza.

The top blocking team in the nation won the match on its 12th team block of the night. Ohio has now blocked 10 or more attacks in 18 of its last 20 matches, a stretch that dates back to September 23.

The 'Cats are making their eighth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, tying the longest streak of any Mid-American Conference team (Western Michigan). Ohio handed Penn its first loss in over a month as the Quakers were last defeated back on October 30.

The Bobcats move on to the NCAA Second Round and will face either No. 12 Duke or High Point at 7 p.m. tomorrow night from Cameron Indoor Stadium.