DENTON, Texas – The Ohio volleyball team (7-4) opened the North Texas Challenge with a win after sweeping New Mexico (3-7), 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-22), on Thursday evening inside the North Texas Volleyball Center. Ohio has now won six-straight matches with the last four being sweeps.
"This was a good win today for our team," head coach Deane Webb said. "We saw some things from New Mexico on video that impressed us, and they were even better in person. Our middles both performed at a high level, combining for 22 kills and almost hitting .500."
Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) - the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Week - stayed hot after leading the way with a team-high 13 kills while hitting .400. Jimerson added three blocks and two digs in the win.
Graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) hit a season-high .583 with nine kills on 12 swings. Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) put up her third double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs. Senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) produced six kills while freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had five kills.
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) guided the offense with 40 assists and helped Ohio hit .229 as a team. Ohio had 44 kills compared to UNM's 35. The Bobcats held the Lobos to a .184 attacking clip.
Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) led the way with 13 digs. After Nedoma's 10, Giacomazzi added eight. Stephens produced seven while Ohio had 44 as a team.
Jimerson and Nedoma led the way with three blocks, while Phillip and Margolies each had one. Stephens had one while the team had six.
"We've won the serve and pass in almost every match this year, and we lost it today," Webb added. "We'll need to execute at a higher level on first ball against Kansas State."
Ohio will be back in action tomorrow against Kansas State. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT.