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Notes: Volleyball heads to Ohio for Baymont Invitational

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What's ahead: Baymont Invitational (Athens, Ohio)
-    vs. Ohio, Fri., 8/31, 7:00 p.m.
-    vs. Oregon, Sat., 9/1, 1:00 p.m.
-    vs. Western Carolina, Sat., 9/1, 8:00 p.m.

Ohio University (0-3)

Top performers:

Kelly Lamberti (OH) - 36 kills (3.27 K/Set), .078%, 45 digs (4.09 D/Set), 6 blocks (0.55 B/Set)
Chelsea Bilger (OH) - 34 kills (3.09 K/Set), .138%, 6 blocks (0.55 B/Set)
Lexie Hartnett (MB) - 27 kills (2.45 K/Set), .234%, 7 blocks (0.64 B/Set)
Serena Warner (MB) - 13 kills (1.18 K/Set), .209%, 17 blocks (1.55 B/Set)
Meredith Ashy (L) - 56 digs (5.09 D/Set)


It hasn't been an easy start for the Ohio University Bobcats, Kentucky's first opponent in the Baymont Invitational. The Bobcats are still looking for their first win of the season after facing a brutally tough field in Dayton last weekend that featured No. 7 Illinois, No. 11 Pepperdine and Dayton (now ranked No. 11 nationally after a 3-0 start).

The road doesn't get any easier for the Bobcats, who have scheduled very tough non-conference opponents, when the No. 10 and No. 17 teams in Kentucky and Oregon come to town. Ohio will try to right the ship Friday night with the Wildcats, but UK is looking to do the same after falling to the rival Louisville Cardinals Wednesday night.

One area of success that Ohio showed in Dayton was their ability to play big at the net. The Bobcats recorded 28 stuff blocks over three matches, good for 2.5 blocks per set. Kentucky is averaging 3.3 blocks per set this season. The Wildcats have defeated the Bobcats in each of their two previous meetings and are 5-1 against them all-time.

University of Oregon (3-0)

AVCA Ranking: No. 17

Wins over: Toledo (3-0), Houston (3-0), Ohio State (3-2)

Top performers:

Alaina Bergsma (OH) - 38 kills (4.22 K/Set), .363%, 3 SA, 22 digs (2.44 D/Set)
Katherine Fischer (MB) - 32 kills (3.2 K/Set), .359%, 4 SA, 20 digs (2.00 D/Set, 5 blocks (0.5 B/Set)
Liz Brenner (OH) - 28 kills (3.5 K/Set), .370%
Haley Jacob (L) - 37 digs (3.7 D/Set)


The No. 17 Oregon Ducks come into the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record after winning the Sports Import DC Koehl Classic hosted by Ohio State last weekend. Oregon handily took down Toledo and Houston in its first two matches of the season, but ran into some early trouble against the Buckeyes. Ohio State had Oregon backed up against a wall, but the Ducks rallied and won the last three sets to get the victory.

Alaina Bergsman led the Ducks with 38 kills over their first three matches en route to tournament MVP honors. With her performance, she earned her fourth career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award. The tournament title was the 13th in 15 tries for Oregon coach Jim Moore.

Kentucky last played Oregon in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, defeating the Ducks 3-0 in Lexington, Ky.

Western Carolina University (2-1)

Wins over: St. Peter's (3-0), North Carolina A&T (3-0)

Top performers:

Caitlin Piechota (OH) - 46 kills (4.6 K/Set), .364%, 1 SA, 31 digs (3.1 D/Set)
Jordan Timmerman (OH) - 30 kills (3.0 K/Set), .250%, 3 SA, 8 blocks (0.8 B/Set)
Morgan Cochran (L) - 54 digs (5.4 D/Set)


Western Carolina had a successful opening weekend, taking two out of three in the Western Carolina Invitational Tournament. After suffering a loss to Northern Kentucky on opening night, WCU swept its next two opponents to get above .500 to start the season.

The Catamounts have yet to play against the caliber of opponents that they will see this weekend in Athens, Ohio, however. With both No. 10 Kentucky and No. 17 Oregon in the building, as well as the battled-tested host Ohio, WCU faces an uphill battle going into the weekend.

Kentucky will get their shot at the Catamounts Saturday night in the prime-time match at 8 p.m. The Wildcats have seen their fair share of WCU over the years. The two teams had matched up in three consecutive seasons from 2007-2009, with UK coming away victorious 3-0 each year. Kentucky has never lost a set to the Catamounts in all five of their previous match ups.

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