ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio volleyball team (4-4) swept Charleston (0-6), 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-18), on Friday afternoon in Ohio's first match of the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse.
Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) had a team-high nine kills, while graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) had eight kills while not committing an error. Phillip hit a season-best .615. Senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens had eight kills of her own. Redshirt sophomore Dahlias Bouyer had seven kills on 14 swings with just one error for a .429 attacking clip, while freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had five. As a team, Ohio had 37 terminations and had 12 more than COC.
"Our middles in general had one error in total between them," head coach Deane Webb said. "Shayla (Phillip) was good. I thought her maturity and her decision making was really good today. She also blocked well."
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) had a double-double with 32 assists and 13 digs. Giacomazzi helped Ohio hit .198 as a team. COC was held to a .076 attacking clip.
"I think our first ball contact was really good," Stephens said. "We put our hitters in position to get a good in-system ball and then we were covering our hitters a lot, which we had been working on all week."
Ohio outdug Charleston 51-40, with junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) leading the way with 18. After Giacomazzi's 13, Nedoma posted eight. Eight total players recorded at least one dig.
The Bobcats had nine total aces in just three sets. Senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had three aces, while Stephens and Giacomazzi had two each. Reihing and Nedoma each found the floor for an ace once.
Ohio recorded five total blocks, with Nedoma and Phillip each putting up two.
The Bobcats will return to The Convocation Center tonight (Sept. 13) against UConn. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be watched live on ESPN+.