There really is no place like home.
After a slow start to their respective seasons, Ohio Volleyball and Football found success at their home venues over the weekend.
Volleyball: Lake leads Ohio to back-to-back sweeps
Ohio Volleyball coach Deane Webb had seen his squad struggle through the first month of the season. The Bobcats lost eight of 12 games, but returned to form when they opened conference play on Friday.
Playing in front of their home crowd at the Convocation Center — a venue where they went 11-3 last season — the Bobcats swept the Akron Zips in straight sets on Friday night.
It was Ohio’s 12th straight victory over Akron.
With not much time to celebrate, Ohio kept the peddle down on the next night when the Buffalo Bulls came to town. Led by Ali Lake’s 13 kills, the Bobcats once again won in straight sets, 3-0.
"Ain't no stopping the Great Lake!" -Lou
Translation: Ali Lake with the kill
Ohio 23-20 ?
— OhioVolleyball (@Ohio_Volleyball) September 25, 2016
Now in his third season as head coach, Webb has a conference record of 31-3.
Ohio (6-8, 2-0) takes to the road next weekend with matchups against Miami (OH) and Bowling Green.
Football: Cats cruise to first home win of 2016
Ohio Football returned to their Hocking Home on Saturday for the first time since their season-opening overtime loss to Texas State.
After battling no. 14 Tennessee to a nine-point loss in Knoxville one week earlier, Ohio put together their best game of the season in a 37-21 win over Gardner-Webb.
Ohio quarterbacks Greg Windham and Quinton Maxwell combined for 310 passing yards, three touchdowns and an overall passer rating of 91.9.
No matter who was slinging the pigskin on Saturday, wide receiver Sebastian Smith found himself making big plays.
Smith hauled in a pair of 17-yard scores; the first capped off Ohio’s 75-yard opening drive that gave them a 7-0 lead. The Bobcats jumped out to a 14-point lead later in the half when Smith beat his man for a second score.
Touchdown Ohio! Maxwell throws his 1st career TD pass to Sebastian Smith. Zervos makes the PAT. 21-7 Ohio 8:09 2Q.
— OhioFootball (@OhioFootball) September 24, 2016
Ohio managed just 2.9 yards per carry last week against Tennessee. On Saturday, however, the running game picked up with the Bobcats churning out 207 yards on 45 attempts. Bo Hardy, a safety-turned-running back, led Ohio’s ground attack with 65 yards on 15 carries and a one-yard scoring plunge that put the Bobcats up, 37-14, in the third quarter.
Around the MAC
- Virginia 49, Central Michigan 35
- Cincinnati 27, Miami (OH) 20
- Western Illinois 28, Northern Illinois 23
- Appalachian State 45, Akron 31
- Ball State 31, Florida Atlantic 27
- Buffalo 23, Army 20 (OT)
- Western Michigan 49, Georgia Southern 31
- Memphis 77, Bowling Green 3
Ohio (2-2) sits atop the MAC East in a tie with Akron. The Bobcats head to Oxford to take on rival Miami (OH) next Saturday at Fred C. Yager Stadium.
The Bobcats have won three straight against the Redhawks, including a 31-point victory in Athens last season.
NFL: Not kind to Ohio University students
The majority of students at Ohio University are fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The three closest professional football teams did not give Ohio University students much to cheer about over the weekend.
Cincinnati lost at home to Denver, Cleveland fell in overtime to Miami, and the Steelers were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles.