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MatchPointOhio celebrates the Ohio University women's volleyball team. Over the past decade, the Bobcats have been one of the most successful and competitive teams in the nation. Some of the accolades that the team has earned include: - Six MAC regular-season titles - Seven MAC Tournament titles - Eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship, tied for the MAC record. - 29-10 (.744) postseason record, including MAC and NCAA Tournaments - NCAA Regional Semifinalist in 2005, qualified for Second Round four times.

MatchPointOhio is run by two Bobcat fans, John Thorndike and Cricket Jones.


The MPO Blog

September 20th, 2014 by John Thorndike

MatchPointOhio received an email from Art Ricker Lexi Hartnett’s grandfather. As you’ll read below, he says that Bill Hartnett has been planning an Alumni Parents Reunion—and this may be of interest to others beside parents.
Here’s the scoop from Art (to whom we send a big hello. Art, you are missed! Perhaps not as much as the team misses Lexi—but missed!)

Looks like we are getting off to another exciting Bobcat volleyball season.

Perhaps it’s a bit early to be thinking about near the end of the year, but I wanted to give you a heads up on what’s happening. After it was announced that the MAC tournament will be in Athens in 2014, Bill Hartnett started working on the idea of an Alumni Parents Reunion weekend. He contacted some of the parents from Lexie’s era and many said they would love to return.

As a result, Dean Webb has had the O U Inn block out 20 rooms for the MAC weekend at reduced rates, even though their web site says “Sold Out”. Interested parents must contact the Inn before October 20th or the rooms will be released.

Since there might be other Bobcat fans interested that follow MatchPoint who are not necessarily parents, I was wondering if you would like to publicize this too. At this point there is no special agenda, just an opportunity to get together again, see some great volleyball, and hash over “old times”.

If you are interested, and want more information, you can contact me or Bill (bill.f.hartnett@gmail.com). The Hartnett’s and the Ricker’s already have rooms reserved.

Taking Care of Green Bay

September 19th, 2014 by John Thorndike


The electronic world broke down Friday afternoon, with Scott Gilleland’s stream of the match against Green Bay giving up the ghost after the second set. Scott did better than GameTracker, however, which collapsed, expired, died altogether.

One of the most beautiful sounds of the season, however was heard from Scott, I think it was at the start of the third set: “Here comes Chelsea B!”

Chelsea Bilger came in and it looked, amidst all the buffering, like she was pounding the ball as hard as ever. So great to see her in the game.

The Complete Heartbreaker

September 18th, 2014 by John Thorndike


Thanks to Scott Gilleland for streaming the match against Northwestern. It comes in a bit fuzzy, but what a huge step above LiveStats and the pure numbers.

How close we came. We had a pair of match points in the final set, we had them 15-14, but Northwestern took the next three points and it was done.

It was a hell of a match, back and forth, great defense on both sides, great offense–and obviously you couldn’t have had a closer match.

A few cliches tumble out, then words fail. We’ll play on. We have a fabulous team.

Photos From The Xavier Match

September 13th, 2014 by John Thorndike
O.U. vs. Xenia

Slow-mo from the Baymont

September 9th, 2014 by John Thorndike

It was a soul-satisfying close on Saturday night at the Baymont Tournament at the Convo. The fact is, all three matches (even though we lost the first one to Texas A&M) were a thrill to watch and videotape.

Here’s MatchPointOhio’s video of pretty-much-all-glorious moments from those matches.


The Matches in Hawai’i

September 1st, 2014 by John Thorndike

What a weekend. MatchPointOhio was up until 3:30 on Friday night watching the streamed match against Hawai’i. Very creditable play. We got swept, but every set was close.

The next night all we had was Live Stats, but we were glued to the screen at Cricket’s house, and after dropping the first set, the victory was sweet over San Diego State.

Tonight we “watched” the match (Live Stats again) against Arizona State from my house, which has its advantages. When we want to scream we scream, when we want to howl we howl. My neighbors are not that close, and by now they’ve probably figured out what’s up when the screams erupt from my open windows. My neighbors are all my tenants, and they know what a maniac I am about the OU volleyball team.

You’ve seen the numbers, so you know the first set tonight was pretty miserable. Then we poured it on and took the second set in a very sweet victory, which said more for our team, I think, than anything we’ve seen this year. The third set was a teaser. Cricket and I were jumping up and down at the end, glorying in the victory, happy to be up two to one—but then we found it was a mistake by whoever was entering the scores in the Live Stats, and instead of winning 26-24, we lost 26-24. But there was more howling to come, when we pushed through and took the fourth set, also 26-24.

Out of all the stats of the weekend I’ll point out just two. Kelly Lamberti had 60 attacks in the San Diego State match. 60! I was trying to imagine how her arm felt after that. (Of course, she had 56 tonight, as well.) And the other detail: in tonight’s match, Jaime Kosiorek had eight service aces. I can’t remember ever seeing anything like that in any match, any time.

Cricket and I came away thinking the obvious: we have a great team, and we’re going to have a great year.

Green & White Scrimmage Video

August 26th, 2014 by John Thorndike

Here’s an introduction to each player on the 2014 team.

Have you got them all down yet, names and faces? Watch the first 30 seconds of this video and you’ll want to know them all.