KENT, Ohio – Senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) picked up her 1,000th career kill as Ohio (10-6, 2-1 MAC) swept Kent State (7-8, 0-3 MAC), 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-16), on Thursday evening at the Memorial Athletic Center in Kent, Ohio.
"Every road win in the MAC is a good win," head coach Deane Webb said. "We excelled offensively throughout the match and our defense improved as the match continued."
Stephens became the 10th member of the 1,000 kill club in the 25-point rally scoring era with her fourth kill of the night. Stephens ended the night with 10 kills on 25 swings, hitting .320. She added four digs.
"We're all excited for Lizzie (Stephens) to reach this impressive milestone," Webb added. "She made good choices as an attacker tonight and it was fitting that she for highest hitting percentage of the year on her way to 1,000 kills."
Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) led the way for Ohio with 11 kills on 15 swings to hit a career-high .733. Jimerson had four blocks (one solo, three assisted) in the sweep.
"Tia (Jimerson) consistently put pressure on Kent State," Webb said. "She put pressure on by scoring and created space for others as well."
Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) had nine kills and hit .250 with just two errors. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio), redshirt sophomore Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) and graduate transfer outside hitter Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.) all had three hammers.
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) dished out 36 assists and helped Ohio hit a season-best .323. Giacomazzi helped Ohio post 42 kills in the sweep.
Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) had a match-high 19 digs for Ohio, while the Bobcats outdug Kent State, 44-42. Nedoma had nine for the Bobcats while Giacomazzi added six. Ohio had eight players record at least one scoop.
The Bobcats had four blocks as a team. Jimerson led the way with four while Giacomazzi had two and Margolies had one.
Ohio found the floor for six aces. Reihing and senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had two while Giacomazzi and freshman defensive specialist Ciara Livingway (Lake Orion, Mich.) had one.
The Bobcats committed just 10 errors over the three sets, hitting .324 in the first set and .323 in the second and third set. Ohio held KSU to 35 kills and a .240 attacking clip. After Kent State hit .375 in the first frame, OU cooled the Golden Flashes off, holding KSU to a .129 attacking clip in the second set and a .216 attacking clip in the third.
Ohio will continue MAC play on the road on Saturday at Eastern Michigan. First serve is set for 5 p.m.