ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio volleyball team competed in front of its home fans at the Convocation Center for the first time in 2019, hosting its annual Green & White Scrimmage today.
"It was great to get out in front of our crowd," head coach Deane Webb said. "We had a great turnout with a lot of people."
Webb likes what he saw from his team but knows there's still work to be done in the preseason.
"As far as the level of play there were some things that were really good and some things that need to be improved," Webb added. "Blocking was good overall and attacking for the most part was good. I thought our middles attacked really well."
The Green & White scrimmage was the unofficial 2019 debut for 10 players on the roster. Ohio has seven incoming freshman – setter Abby Arend (The Woodlands, Texas), middle blocker Caitlin O'Farrell (Suwanee, Ga.), libero Ciara Livingway (Lake Orion, Mich.), opposite Emily Margolies (Galena, Ohio), outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio), middle blocker Jaylen Rogers (Guysville, Ohio) and outside hitter/defensive specialist Ashton Webb (Gallipolis, Ohio). The Bobcats also have three transfers – graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip from Samford, sophomore outside hitter Emma Tupa from New Hampshire and junior outside hitter Maggie Nedoma from Southern Illinois.
Of the seven freshman newcomers on the team, Webb thought Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) stood out.
"I think we had a couple freshmen that played well but I'd say Olivia Margolies was the best of that group," Webb said. "I think she hit over .300 today and had a really low error rate. That's unusual for a freshman."
Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) was happy with how the newcomers played in their first Convo match.
"I was really proud of the freshman who stepped up and it was really cool to see them play like that," Reihing said. "Olivia Margolies – she's one of the twins – she plays outside and she's been really consistent. She's a good overall player with serve/receive, hitting and blocking. I was proud of how she played today."
Nedoma impressed in her first match in The Convo and is feeling at home in Athens.
"It's awesome and the team took me right in," Nedoma said. "There was never an awkward time and never asked "am I really going to fit in here?". From the jump they made me one of their own and I can be comfortable about anything that is going on in my life. They're right there with me like sisters at this point."
Ohio will have the chance to text its talent and depth once again an exhibition at Wright State on Friday, Aug 23 at 4 p.m. Ohio will open the regular season in Green Bay, Wisconsin against Fresno State on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. to open the Green Bay Invite. Ohio will also face Green Bay at 7 p.m. the same day.