ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio volleyball team (5-4) earned its second sweep of the day in the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse after taking down UConn, 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-20) on Friday evening inside The Convocation Center.
"It's good to go out and play matches defensively," head coach Deane Webb said. "Two matches in a row we've held under our opponent under .100. That's something that we've been making an on emphasis in our gym. Our back row was steady. It's also great to be home. We have great support here with our fans and throughout the community."
The Bobcats outdug UConn 51-42 and were led by junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.), who had 19 digs in just three sets. Nineteen is Reihing's three-set high, one behind this afternoon's number of 18 when Ohio swept UConn. Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) added 11 digs and had her sixth double-double of the year after posting 35 assists. Giacomazzi helped Ohio put up 42 kills and hit .248.
"I have to give credit to the block," Reihing said. "They were putting their hands in the exact right spot and it was so easy to play around them. It was really good to see us execute in a match."
Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) led the way with 13 kills on 29 swings. Senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) posted 10 kills and hit .269. In her first match of the season, junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) posted seven kills and committed just one error while hitting .545. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) added seven kills of her own.
Ohio was on fire in the third set, hitting .393 with 14 kills while just committing three errors.
The Bobcats had eight total team blocks. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had four (three assisted, one solo) while Nedoma also had four stuffs. Jimerson added three (one solo, two assisted) and Giacomazzi got up for one as well.
Ohio will be back in action tomorrow at 2 p.m. to wrap up the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse against Virginia. The match can be watched live on ESPN+. Before the match, head coach Deane Webb will give a "chalk talk" inside the Rohr Room of The Convo at 1 p.m. The chalk talk is free and open for anyone to attend.