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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

Action in the Backcourt

October 3rd, 2014 by John Thorndike

With clips from the recent match with Kent State, here’s MatchpointOhio’s latest, a video focused almost entirely on the backcourt. There’s a lot going on out there, all the time.


Choices in the Middle

September 26th, 2014 by John Thorndike

My fascination with the role of the middle blocker and hitter continues in this video.

The setter is the captain, she runs the show. But among the other players, it seems to me that the position with the least-defined role, with the most choices, is that of the middle blocker. With every attack by the other team, she has to figure out whom to block. It’s easy to get fooled—and the opponents are doing everything they can to make her choose the wrong hitter.

It all starts with the pass, of course. With one of those lovely right-on-the-net passes, even with a pass that, untouched, would go over the net, Abby has all kinds of options. You can watch some of them play out below:

Art Ricker’s Message

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.