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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) tied for the team lead with 13 kills and 10 digs apiece, but the Ohio volleyball team (2-5) fell to longtime rival Marshall (4-4), 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22), tonight at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd hit .266 (53 kills-20 errors-124 total attacks) as a team while holding the Bobcats to a .158 (47 kills-23 errors-152 total attacks) team hitting percentage. Ohio outblocked Marshall, 10-4, but was plagued by 12 service errors.
Ohio broke a 14-all tie in the opening set after a kill by Stephens, a double block by redshirt senior right side hitter Katie Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) and junior middle blocker Sara Januszewski (Oak Creek, Wis.), a kill by Januszewski and a double block by Januszewski and freshman outside hitter/right side hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) helped the Bobcats take an 18-16 lead. The Thundering Herd outscored Ohio by a 9-3 count the rest of the way, though, with freshman pin Joelle Coulter providing two kills and a service ace.
The Bobcats evened the match with a four-point victory in the second set. Marshall jumped out of the gates to a 6-1 lead, but a kill by Januszewski, double blocks by Park and redshirt junior middle blocker Simone Miller (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and Kosiorek and Miller and service aces by sophomore libero/defensive specialist Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) and freshman setter Kyra Slavik (Saint Charles, Ill.) helped Ohio snatch the lead from the Thundering Herd. After another kill by Januszewski put Ohio up by a 15-13 score, the Bobcats never led by less than two the rest of the way. Januszewski led the way for the Bobcats in the second set with four kills while Stephens posted three more and Slavik tallied two service aces.
Ohio used two kills and a service ace by Stephens and two kills by Kosiorek to race out to an 8-3 lead in the third set. Marshall responded with a 15-5 run to grab an 18-13 lead, though, sparking the Thundering Herd to a five-point set victory and a 2-1 match lead.
The Bobcats appeared to be on their way to forcing a fifth set for a time during the fourth set. A kill by Nelson, a service ace by Kosiorek and a double block by Nelson and Miller gave Ohio a 12-11 edge and forced Marshall to burn a timeout. Three kills by Stephens and a service ace by Kosiorek helped make it a 19-16 lead for the Bobcats, but Marshall roared back with a 4-0 run to take a 20-19 lead. Ohio tied the set back up at 20-all on an attack error by the Thundering Herd, but Marshall scored five of the match's final seven points to lock down the win.
Kosiorek and Stephens achieved the first double-doubles of Ohio's 2018 season. Januszewski hit .318 for the match with nine kills to go along with three solo blocks. Nelson finished with five kills and five assisted blocks. Miller matched her career high with seven total blocks (seven assisted) and posted five or more total blocks for the seventh time in her career. Sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) led the team with 26 assists while Slavik chipped in a career-high 15.
Marshall was led by Coulter, who hit .395 with a match-high 22 kills and achieved a double-double with 12 digs. Redshirt sophomore pin Ciara Debell finished with 12 kills. Freshman setter Gabrielle Coulter recorded a match-high 41 assists and also achieved a double-double with 14 digs. Junior libero/defensive specialist Amber Weber led the match with 24 digs.
Ohio is set to play at home at the Convocation Center for the first time during the 2018 regular season this weekend (Sept. 7-8) when it plays host to the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse. On Friday, the Bobcats will take on Samford at 10 a.m. EST and Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Ohio closes the weekend out by battling IUPUI on Saturday at 2 p.m. All three matches involving Ohio at the Bobcat Invitational will be streamed via ESPN+. Visit Bobcat Invitational Central for a complete weekend schedule as well as links to live stats and ESPN+.