ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Volleyball team (15-12, 7-7 MAC) earned its second-straight sweep after taking down Central Michigan, 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-19), on Saturday evening inside the Convocation Center.
"It was definitely a much closer match than the score would indicate," head coach Deane Webb said. "It was a really good win. It was as important of a win as it felt to everyone watching. It was that important to our team."
Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) picked up right where she left off on Thursday. Jimerson had 13 kills and hit .500 with just one error on 24 attempts. Jimerson added six blocks (two solo, four assisted) in the win.
Jimerson ends the weekend with 31 total kills, averaging 5.17 per set and a red-hit .667 attacking clip. Jimerson had one error in 45 attempts in the two sweeps and added 10 blocks.
"She's one of the best, if not the best, blocker in the conference," Webb said on Jimerson. "She went 1.67 blocks per set and almost .700 on the weekend. It was an outstanding weekend and I'm proud of her development."
After Jimerson's 13, junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) produced eight kills and hit .308. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had seven kills and hit .500, while redshirt sophomore Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had five hammers.
"Our defense worked really well tonight and Vera (Giacomazzi) was on set with her tempo," Margolies said. "It was really easy to get our shots in."
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) had 32 assists and guided the offense to a .320 attacking clip. Giacomazzi helped Ohio record 39 kills. CMU outkilled Ohio, 43-39.
Ohio posted 10 team blocks. Jimerson's six led the way, while Giacomazzi had four (one solo, three assisted. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) had two stuffs (one solo, one assisted) and Nedoma also had two.
Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) had a match-high 15 digs for Ohio while the team recorded 34. Senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had six scoops and sophomore defensive specialist Emma Tupa had three. Central Michigan outdug Ohio, 50-34.
Howe, Tupa and Nedoma all had an ace for Ohio.
Ohio hit .281 in the first set with 12 kills and 32 errors as Ohio won the set, 25-22. Jimerson had four kills while Bouyer and Nedoma each had three hammers during the set.
OU had 14 kills in the second set with a .324 attacking clip. The Bobcats were led by Margolies, who recorded five kills in the first 10 points. The second frame was tied 10-10 until an 10-3 run gave Ohio a 20-13 advantage. CMU was able to cut the lead down to 23-21, but an attack error and Nedoma hammer gave Ohio a 25-21 win.
The Bobcats started the final frame on a 6-0 run. OU hit .353 and committed just one error in the set. Ohio had the lead to nine at 19-10 but CMU was able to get the lead down to four at 22-17. Ohio pulled away and won the final set, 25-19.
The Bobcats will be back in action on Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. to begin the final weekend of the MAC regular season. Ohio will face Buffalo and first serve is set for 7 p.m.