WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ohio Volleyball team (1-4) dropped a five-set match with Temple (4-0), 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-12), on Friday morning at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C. Three Ohio players – senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas), junior outside hitter Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) and junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) – had double-doubles in the match.
Nedoma recorded her first double-double at Ohio with a season-high 20 kills and a career-high 16 digs. Nedoma hit .319 and had a complete match with five blocks, two aces and two assists.
"Maggie (Nedoma) is off to a great start this year, and we're happy to see the work she put into the summer starting to pay off," head coach Deane Webb said.
Giacomazzi helped Ohio put up 67 team kills and hit .247 with a season-best 58 assists. Giacomazzi added 13 digs and also produced two kills and a block.
Stephens' double-double is her fourth of the season and 26th in her career. Stephens posted 12 kills on 51 swings and added 11 digs, one off her season high.
Redshirt sophomore Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had a career day, tying her career high with eight kills and posted a career-best nine blocks. Ohio had 12 total team blocks against Temple, with Nedoma adding five (one solo, four assisted). Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had three blcoks (one solo, two assisted), while Stephens had two.
"Dahlias (Bouyer) continues to grow quickly as a starter and contributed well on both sides of the ball," Webb added. "Nine blocks and hitting .368 is an outstanding performance for anyone, but especially for a sophomore starting her sixth match."
Margolies picked up right where she left off against Purdue, posting 14 kills and hit .394. Graduate transfer Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) had 11 kills on 23 swings.
"Olivia (Margolies) continues to impress as she begins her career," Webb said. "I certainly didn't expect her or any freshman outside to be hitting over .300 at this point, but we're excited to see where hard work can take her."
Five players had double-digit digs in the five-set match. Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) had 18, while Nedoma followed closely behind with 16. Giacomazzi had 13 scoops, Stephens had 11 and senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had 10 for her second double-digit performance of the year.
Ohio will continue the American Volleyball Classic against American at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 6).