GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Ohio volleyball team (1-2) earned its first win of the season when the Bobcats swept Northeastern (1-2), 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-18), on Saturday afternoon in the final match of the Green Bay Invite.
"Our overall record wasn't what we had hoped for during the tournament, but I was happy to see our team fight back today and earn the win," head coach Deane Webb said. "We served and defended at a higher level today than yesterday, and we now shift our focus to a nationally ranked Purdue team that will present a very different level of physicality to us than what we normally see."
Senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) tied a program record with nine aces in the three-set sweep. Former Ohio Bobcat Jamie Kosiorek also had nine aces against Buffalo in 2015. Stephens ended the match with a team-high 11 digs and put up three kills.
Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) led the way with seven kills and hit .375 on 16 swings. Graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) had six kills. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had five kills and Redshirt sophomore middle blocker/opposite Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) produced four. Stephens, junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) and junior opposite/middle blocker Sara Januszewski (Oak Creek, Wis.) produced three terminations each.
Giacomazzi dished out 23 assists and guided the team to 33 kills and a .262 attacking percentage. Giacomazzi added three digs and three kills on four swings.
After Stephens' 11 digs, senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had seven scoops while junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) had six. 11 players recorded at least one dig and 15 players saw the floor.
Ohio had 15 service aces in the three-set win. After Stephens' nine, Giacomazzi and sophomore setter Emily Walsh (Allen, Texas) each had two while Reihing and freshman defensive specialist Ciara Livingway (Lake Orion, Mich.) had one.
Ohio had seven team blocks, with Bouyer producing six (two solo, four assisted).
Overall, OU outkilled NU, 33-26 while the Huskies outdug the Bobcats, 37-36. The Bobcats held the Huskies to a .095 attacking percentage and NU had 18 errors.
Ohio will wrap up the weekend at No. 17 Purdue. First serve is set for 2 p.m. and can be watched live on Big Ten 2 Go.