By Mike Ashcraft
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Ohio volleyball team (6-7) suffered a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-14) sweep at the hands of Yale (5-3) in its second match of the Penn State Classic on Saturday (Sept. 16) at Rec Hall.
Ohio dropped to 0-2 in the Penn State Classic with the loss. The Bobcats fell to Wake Forest, 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19), on Friday (Sept. 15) in the opening match of the tournament.
The Bulldogs posted a .371 (43 kills-10 errors-89 total attacks) hitting percentage while holding the Bobcats to a .088 (29 kills-21 errors-91 total attacks) clip.
Sophomore outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) led the match with 11 kills for the Bobcats and also tallied four digs. Freshman middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) nearly recorded a double-double with eight kills and nine digs. She also posted a service ace. Redshirt senior middle blocker Ali Lake (Liberty Township, Ohio) and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Natalie Burchesky (Canonsburg, Pa.) tied for the team lead with two assisted blocks. Lake also had three kills and a dig while Burchesky posted a kill. Junior setter/outside hitter Stephanie Olman (Maumee, Ohio) led Ohio with 14 assists in addition to compiling two kills and two digs. Freshman setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) distributed 11 assists and also had a kill and a dig. Freshman libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) led the match with 11 digs.
Freshman middle blocker Destiny Daniel led Yale with 10 kills. She hit .500 for the match. She also added two assisted blocks. Junior outside hitter Kelley Wirth finished with eight kills and three assisted blocks. She also had three digs. Sophomore middle blocker Izzy Simq recorded six kills, a match-high two service aces and three total blocks (one solo, two assisted) to tie Wirth for the match lead. She hit at a .417 clip for the match. Sophomore setter Franny Arnautou dished out a match-high 19 assists and also added a dig. Senior setter Kelsey Crawford logged 18 assists in addition to two kills and six digs. Junior libero Kate Swanson piled up a team-high 10 digs for the Bulldogs and also had a service ace and four assists.
Ohio closes out the weekend tournament by taking on No. 2-ranked Penn State (9-0) at 4 p.m. ET at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions swept Yale, 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-11) on Friday evening, then swept Wake Forest, 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-11) on Saturday morning to remain unbeaten. Saturday afternoon's match between Ohio and Penn State will be featured on a live video stream.