By Mike Ashcraft
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OXFORD, Ohio -- The No. 4-seeded Ohio volleyball team (17-15, 10-6 MAC) dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-23) decision to No. 1-seeded Miami (22-8, 13-3 MAC) in the 2017 Mid-American Conference Championship Semifinal on Saturday (Nov. 18) at Millett Hall.
The Bobcats saw their 2017 season end with the loss. Ohio posted a winning record for the 16th year in a row and advanced to the league tournament semis for a 16th-straight year.
"We just had a hard time scoring our own points," said fourth-year head coach Deane Webb. "Miami is a good team. We defended them pretty well overall. They didn't hit for a high percentage. It was more that we had a hard time scoring our own points. We did a pretty good job serving and blocking. Offensively, we needed more production."
Freshman middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) led Ohio with a match-high 10 kills, hitting at a .304 pace. She also added a match-high six total blocks (three solo, three assisted) and dig. Junior setter/outside hitter Stephanie Olman (Maumee, Ohio) finished with eight kills, three assisted blocks and five digs. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Carley Remmers (Filley, Neb.) notched seven kills, a team-high two service aces, an assisted block and 12 digs. Sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter Sara Januszewski (Oak Creek, Wis.) tallied four assisted blocks, three kills and a dig. Freshman setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) recorded her team-high 14th double-double of the year with a match-high 28 assists to go along with a team-high 16 digs. The 2017 MAC Setter of the Year also had a service ace and two assisted blocks. Freshman libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) also totaled double-digit digs with 12 in addition to compiling two assists.
Miami was led by a nine-kill effort by senior outside hitter Olivia Rusek, who also tallied 12 digs and two assists. Junior outside hitter/right side hitter Stela Kukoc hit .412 with eight kills and also had two assisted blocks. Senior outside hitter/right side hitter Katie Tomasic posted eight kills, two assisted blocks and five digs. Sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Taylor Daignault finished with seven kills, four total blocks (two solo, two assisted), two assists and a match-high 18 digs. Sophomore right side hitter/middle hitter Margaret Payne posted a team-high five total blocks (one solo, four assisted) to go along with five kills. Freshman setter Morgan Seaman distributed a team-high 17 assists and achieved a double-double with 10 digs. She also added two kills. Senior libero Maeve McDonald logged 13 digs and five assists while redshirt junior setter Mackenzie Zielinski chipped in 12 digs and 14 assists in addition to a kill.