WASHINGTON, D.C. – In their second five-set match of the day, the Ohio Volleyball team (2-4) took down American, 3-2 (19-25, 28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12) on Friday evening inside the Bender Arena in Ohio's second match of the American Volleyball Classic.
"We showed impressive fight tonight against a good American team," head coach Deane Webb said. "These are important team building wins. After the first set, it was point for point for almost two hours straight. Now it is time to recover quickly before playing again tomorrow morning."
After 20 kills earlier today, junior outside hitter Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) put up 23 kills on 59 swings and hit .288. Nedoma had her second double-double of the season and second of the day as she added 10 digs.
Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had 13 kills and hit .222. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) had seven kills in the final two sets of play, while graduate transfer Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) also posted seven terminations. Senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) had six kills while redshirt sophomore Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had five.
"Lauren (Park) came in off the bench and gave us a lift at a moment that we needed it," Webb added. "Shayla (Phillip) performed very well in the last two sets. Our back row stepped up in serve receive and defense tonight, and Maggie continued her exceptional play."
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) guided the offense with her fourth double-double of the season. Giacomazzi helped Ohio hit .223 and produced 63 kills with 58 assists. Giacomazzi added 15 digs, two kills and two blocks. Her 15 scoops was a season high.
The Bobcats had 82 total digs and were led by junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) with a season-high 24 scoops. Four total Bobcats were in double-digits, as Giacomazzi had 15, Stephens had 11 and Nedoma had 10. Stephens has had 10 or more digs in five matches this season.
Both Phillip and Bouyer had two solo blocks and three assisted blocks in today's victory. OU had 11 total blocks as a team. Nedoma had three stuffs (one solo, two assisted) while Stephens and Giacomazzi had two each.
After dropping the first set, Ohio was down 24-21 in the second set before coming from behind to turn the match and take the second set. An attack error and a block from Giacomazzi and Phillip cut the lead to 24-23, a bad set tied the second set for Ohio. The Bobcats took the lead, 26-25, on a Nedoma solo stuff. Nedoma gave Ohio the lead 27-26 with a kill and an attack error gave Ohio the win, 28-26.
After American won the third set and Ohio won the fourth, the Bobcats and American traded points until it was 4-4. OU went on a three-point run after a block from Bouyer and Giacomazzi block, an attack error from AU and a Park termination to go up 7-4. Ohio was able to hold that three-point advantage until Nedoma sealed the win for Ohio, 15-12.
The Bobcats will wrap up the American Volleyball Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m. against Winthrop.