ATHENS, Ohio – Behind a double-double from junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.), the Ohio volleyball team (9-6, 1-1 MAC) took down Miami, 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18), on Saturday evening inside the Convocation Center.
Jimerson led the way with a career-high 11 blocks (three solo, eight assisted) in Ohio's four set win and added 10 kills on 19 swings. Jimerson hit .368 and had 17 total points.
"Tia is a competitor," head coach Deane Webb said. "She wants to win every point and dominate the person in front of her. She wants the ball in those moments. Defensively, she's improved so much in ability to read the game, react and close blocks."
Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) had a team-high 13 kills on a .344 attacking clip. Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) had 12 hammers and hit .205, while senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) had nine. Stephens' nine kills puts her at 994 in her career, just six shy of 1,000.
"It was a great feeling bouncing back and I think we needed it too," Margolies said. "The whole week we focused on defense and I thought our defense was really good. Vera (Giacomazzi) was putting the balls in the right place for us to hit and we really focused on where to hit in scouting."
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) led the offense to 49 kills and a .241 attacking clip on 40 assists. Giacomazzi had her 10th double-double of the season after posting 13 digs. The Bobcats held Miami to 50 kills and a .108 attacking percentage.
Ohio recorded 65 team digs and was paced by junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) who had 15. Stephens added 14 while senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) produced 13 scoops. Giacomazzi had 10 and Nedoma was one shy of a double-double with nine.
The Bobcats had 13 team blocks and outblocked Miami, 13-7. After Jimerson's 11, Giacomazzi posted four. Margolies and Nedoma each had three, while graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C) had two.
Nedoma led the way in aces with three for Ohio. Stephens had two, which were back-to-back, and Howe and Reihing had one with Ohio posting seven.
"We have to go into every match with the same level of intensity we just played these two opponents," Webb said. "There's a number of great teams in the MAC."
Ohio is back in action on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Kent State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.