AKRON, Ohio – The Ohio Volleyball team (11-7, 3-2 MAC) took down Mid-American Conference leader Akron (11-5, 4-1 MAC), 3-1, on Friday evening inside the James A. Rhodes Arena.
"It was a great win tonight against a very good Akron team," head coach Deane Webb said. "They gave us all we could handle. Our defense was much better tonight than last weekend, particularly at the net."
Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) was red hot, posting 10 kills on 16 swings with no errors for a .625 attacking clip. Bouyer also tied a career-best with seven blocks (three solo, four assisted).
"Dahlias (Bouyer) performed at a high level on both sides of the ball," Webb added. "We're happy to see her continue to progress."
Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) led the way for Ohio with 15 kills. Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) had 14 kills while hitting .250. Sophomore outside hitter/right side Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) produced a season-best nine kills. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had eight hammers.
"Maggie (Nedoma) was an absolute difference maker tonight," Webb said. "She had several swings out of both the front row and back row that were next level."
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) put up 51 assists in the four set win, helping Ohio hit .218 with 57 kills. Ohio outkilled Akron, 57-54. The Zips were held to .180 attacking clip, including a .059 hitting percentage in the third set.
Jimerson also added seven blocks, including four solo stuffs. She tied Bouyer for a match-high of seven. Park had three blocks (one solo, two assisted) while Nedoma also put up three. Giacomazzi had two while the team had 15 blocks and outblocked Akron, 15-8.
Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) had 21 digs while Ohio put up 63 as a team. Giacomazzi recorded her 11th double-double of the season when she added 13 scoops. Nedoma was one short of her own double-double with nine digs. Nine Bobcats recorded at least one dig in the match.
Ohio had four aces, with Giacomazzi, senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Reihing and Margolies all recording one.
The Bobcats will continue MAC play tomorrow at Buffalo. First serve is set for 6 p.m.