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KENT, Ohio -- The Ohio volleyball team (10-14, 5-6 MAC) opened up the sixth weekend of Mid-American Conference play with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-17) sweep of East Division opponent Kent State (11-14, 4-7 MAC) tonight at the M.A.C Center.
Senior right-side hitter Stephanie Olman (Maumee, Ohio) led the Bobcats with a match-high 12 kills on 21 attempts for a .571 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) followed closely behind with 10 kills on 16 atttempts for a .500 hitting percentage alongside a match-high four total blocks (two solo, two assisted). Junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) added nine kills and 13 digs while redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and redshirt freshman middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) both added eight kills apiece. Sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (Vendemiano, Italy) registered a match-high 43 assists and six digs while junior libero/defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) added a match-high two service aces for the Bobcats. Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) compiled a match-high 15 digs while Kosiorek chipped in seven digs for Ohio.
"We were very balanced offensively tonight, and that made us diificult to stop," said fifth-year head coach Deane Webb. "Steph had a great night on the right, scoring both in system and out of system. We are looking forward to getting back in the gym tomorrow and preparing for Eastern Michigan."
The opening set began with Ohio generating an early 8-4 lead on three kills by Jimerson and a kill by Stephens. However, the Golden Flashes outscored the Bobcats 4-0 to tie the opening set at 8 apiece. Bouyer added two quick kills after entering the match that gave Ohio an 11-9 lead and forced a Kent State timeout. Ohio capitalized on its lead out of the timeout and outscored Kent State 8-2 on a registered kill by Kosiorek, a registered kill and solo block by Jimerson and a service ace by Howe to give Ohio a 19-11 lead. Kent State attempted to stop the force of the Bobcats utilizing a timeout, but the Ohio lead would extend to 21-13 late in the opening set after back-to-back kills by Jimerson and Stephens. The Golden Flashes would battle back to reduce the lead to six with the Bobcats ahead 22-16 but another registered kill by Stephens and two added kills by Olman secured the first set win for the Bobcats, 25-20.
Ohio and Kent State traded points in an offensive battle to begin the second set. Ohio strung together three points on two registered kills by Olman around a solo block from Bouyer to force a Kent State timeout ahead 13-10 midway through the second set. Bouyer added a quick kill out of the timeout that contributed to a 14-10 Ohio lead however, Kent State responded and scored the next three points that shrunk the Ohio lead to 14-13. Bouyer, Kosiorek and Stephens compiled three total kills combined with an Ohio block that extended the lead to 19-16 late in the second set. A pair of hitting errors for the Golden Flashes coupled with a registered kill by Bouyer and Stephens gave Ohio a 23-19 lead. Kent State scored the next two points and forced Ohio to take a timeout ahead, 23-21. Out of the timeout, Jimerson and Kosiorek strung a pair of kills together that clinched the second set victory, 25-22. Ohio recorded a .395 hitting percentage for the second set with Bouyer and Jimerson both hitting over .500 for the match.
Ohio determined to sweep Kent State jumped out to an early 6-2 lead on a a kill apiece for Kosiorek, Olman Stephens and Bouyer and a service ace for Howe to begin the third set. Bouyer and Olman tallied another kill apiece that forced a Kent State timeout trailing Ohio 9-5. The Bobcats continued offensive pressure increasing the lead to 12-7 on a kill apiece for Olman, Jimerson and Kosiorek. The Golden Flashes could not contain the Bobcats as Jimerson registered a kill alongside Stephens and Olman who compiled two kills apiece for an Ohio 19-13 lead. The pressure did not stop as Ohio registered a block followed directly by a service ace by Reihing that forced a Kent State timeout trailing 21-13 late in the third set. Jimerson and Olman combined for three kills that gave Ohio match-point at 24-14. Kent State, in its final attempt to avoid the sweep, scored three points in a row but Kosiorek ended the run with a kill that secured a third set victory, 25-17, and the match victory.
Freshman middle blocker Danie Tyson led Kent State with nine kills followed closely behind by senior opposite Amy Kober who registered eight kills and freshman opposite Melissa Kolurbasi who registered seven kills. Redshirt freshman setter Alex Haffner recorded a team-high 26 assists and 6 digs while freshman libero/defensive specialist Erin Gardner compiled a team-high 14 digs. Senior libero/defensive specialist Sam Jones added 12 digs while Kolurbasi and junior middle blocker Myla King both chipped in two assisted blocks for the Golden Flashes.
Ohio returns home to serve as host to MAC West Division foe Eastern Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 27) for a 6 p.m. match at the Convocation Center to close out the sixth weekend of MAC Conference play.
Saturday's match at the Convo between the Bobcats and the Eagles will be streamed on ESPN+, with 'The Voice of Ohio Volleyball' Jake Hromada on the call. Hromada will be joined by a special guest analyst on Saturday -- Ohio redshirt junior outside hitter Carley Remmers (Filley, Neb.).
The Bobcats will celebrate Halloween weekend on Saturday by hosting their annual 'Spoon n Spike' match. It's also a Rufus Kids Club Night. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, and a costume contest will take place with a winner being chosen after the first set. The costume contest winner will receive a giftcard to Casa Nueva. Presenting a Rufus Kids Club Member Card will grant free admission to the match. Family and friends of Rufus Kids Club members will get in for just $2.