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AKRON, Ohio -- Senior right side hitter Stephanie Olman (Maumee, Ohio) matched her career high with 16 kills as the Ohio volleyball (12-14, 7-6 MAC) ran its winning streak to three in a row with a 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-11, 26-24) victory over Mid-American Conference East Division rival Akron (11-13, 3-10 MAC) tonight at James A. Rhodes Arena.
The Bobcats swept the 2018 regular season series from the Zips. Ohio swept Akron, 3-0, (25-21, 25-14, 25-22), on Sept. 29 in the first meeting of the season between the teams at the Convocation Center in Athens. The Bobcats have now won 17-straight against the Zips and have swept the regular season series from Akron in each of the last eight seasons.
Ohio hit .289 for the match and tallied seven service aces in the win. Olman hit .256 en route to leading the match in kills and tying her career high. She has posted double-digit kills in two of the last three matches. Redshirt junior middle blocker Simone Miller (Kalamazoo, Mich.) hit at a .625 clip with 11 kills and led the team with three assisted blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) recorded 10 kills and hit .300. Redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) logged nine kills and nearly achieved a double-double with nine digs. Junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Frisco, Texas) notched eight kills and also just missed out on a double-double with 12 digs. She also added two service aces. Sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) led the match with 45 assists and three serive aces. She tallied at least 40 assists for the 10th time this season and for the ninth time in the last 13 matches. Sophomore libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) led the match with 19 digs.
"It wasn't the cleanest win we've had all year, but I'm proud of the effort our team put into the match," said fifth-year head coach Deane Webb. "Vera did a good job directing a balanced offense and getting our middles many swings."
Ohio earned a seven-point win in the first set after hitting .379 as a team. Three kills by Olman and two by both Jimerson and Miller helped the Bobcats jump out to a 16-12 lead and force the Zips to burn a timeout. Akron scored three of the next five points to trim Ohio's lead to 18-15, but kills by Stephens and Miller and a kill and a service ace by Giacomazzi helped the Bobcats take the 1-0 match lead.
Akron fired back in the second set with a 25-14 victory as Ohio hit -.034 with seven attack errors and also committed four service errors to allow the Zips to even the match.
Ohio shook off the second-set setback with a commanding 25-11 win in the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Bobcats hit .467 with 16 kills and just two errors in 30 attempts. Jimerson posted a kill to break a five-all tie, and Ohio never looked back, outscoring the Zips by a 20-6 count the rest of the way. Olman and Kosiorek each tallied four kills in the third set while Stephens added two more and two service aces.
The Bobcats came out on top, 26-24, in a tightly contested fourth set. Ohio raced out to a 7-3 lead and forced Akron to burn a timeout after Olman added four more kills to her total. The Bobcats' lead stood at 14-9 after a kill by Miller, but the Zips roared back with a 15-9 rally that saw Akron at set point with a 24-23 lead after a kill by sophomore setter Emily Weigand. Junior middle blocker Ashley Richardson and junior left side hitter Elya Karsner each posted three kills for the Zips during the run while Ohio committed four attack errors and a service error. The Bobcats rose to the challenge, though, to seal the four-set victory, scoring the final three points of the match thanks to a kill by Olman and back-to-back kills by Kosiorek.
Akron was led by 12 kills apiece by Richardson and senior left side hitter Kayla Gwozdz. Weigand recorded a team-high 36 assists and just missed out on a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore setter Taylor Kuruzovich led the Zips with 10 digs.
Ohio will be back in action on Saturday (Nov. 3) for a showdown against MAC East Division rival Buffalo (15-10, 7-6 MAC) at 6 p.m. at Alumni Arena. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN+.