WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ohio volleyball team (1-3) took the first set against No. 17 Purdue (1-0) but fell, 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 31-29, 25-19), on Sunday afternoon at the Holloway Gymnasium.
"Today was a great opportunity for our team to play against a very physical Purdue team," head coach Deane Webb said. "I hate that we didn't close out the third set when the opportunities presented themselves."
Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had a breakout match after posting a career-best 14 kills. Margolies hit .379 on 29 swings and also added a dig in the match.
"Every freshman needs a grow up moment, and today Olivia had that," Webb added. "Hitting for that volume and percentage while facing a Big 10 level block should give her great confidence moving forward."
Senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) posted her second double-double of the season after posting 12 kills and 10 digs. Stephens also had one ace.
Senior opposite/middle blocker Sara Januszewski (Oak Creek, Wis.) had a season-best eight kills on 14 swings and hit .286. Graduate transfer Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) recorded seven kills while redshirt sophomore Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had six. Ohio had 49 team kills and hit .174.
"Sara (Januszewski) performed well on both sides of the ball," Webb said. "Our back row made many outstanding defensive plays."
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) dished out 39 assists and recorded her second double-double of the season after posting a season-high 12 digs. Giacomazzi added three blocks.
Ohio had 10 team blocks, with Bouyer leading the way after having three assisted and one solo stuff. Giacomazzi had three while Phillip had two. Ohio was outblocked by Purdue, 26-10.
The Bobcats are back in action next weekend at the American Volleyball Classic. Ohio will take on Temple and American on Friday, Sep. 6 at 10 a.m and 7 p.m., respectively, before finishing the tournament on Saturday, Sep. 7 against Winthrop at 11 a.m.