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ATHENS, Ohio -- Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) finished with a team-high 12 kills and added three blocks, but the Ohio volleyball team (12-8, 4-3 MAC) suffered a 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 26-24) sweep at the hands of Mid-American Conference West Division foe Ball State (11-8, 5-2 MAC) this evening at the Convocation Center.
"Two sets were two point sets and when you play in a match like this, it does come down to one or two moments," head coach Deane Webb said. "I liked our defensive effort tonight. I think was improved from what we've had in previous weeks. We had way too many unforced errors tonight."
Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) finished with a match-high four blocks and added 10 kills. After Nedoma's team-high 12 kills, sophomore outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) had eight kills on 27 swings. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) recorded six kills.
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) registered 38 assists and just missed out on a double-double with nine digs. Ohio registered 42 kills as a team.
Junior libero/defensive specialist Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) led the match with 16 digs. Giacomazzi was joined by freshman defensive specialist Ciara Livingway (Lake Orion, Mich.) and senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) with nine digs. Ohio had 67 as a team and outdug Ball State, 67-62.
Ohio outblocked BSU 11-4. After Jimerson's four, Park recorded three solo stuffs. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) and Nedoma had three blocks each.
The Cardinals never trailed in the opening set. A kill by Jimerson tied the score at 13-all, but Ball State scored five of the next six points to take an 18-14 lead, with a kill by VanBeek punctuating the run. A kill by Jimerson, a service ace by Jimerson and a solo block by sophomore outside hitter/right side Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) made it a one-point set at 18-17, but the Cardinals finished the set on a 7-3 run to take a 1-0 match lead.
Ohio broke a 13-all stalemate in the second set by scoring four-straight points to take a 17-13 lead and force Ball State to burn a timeout. The run by the Bobcats was highlighted by a kill by Jimerson and a service ace by Nedoma. Ball State responded out of the timeout with an 8-2 run to take a 21-19 lead and forcing Ohio to burn both of its timeouts. The Bobcats scored four of the next seven points to force Ball State to burn a timeout despite holding set point twice. A double block by Jimerson and Giacomazzi evened things up at 24-all out of the timeout. After a kill by Mitchem gave the Cardinals set point again, a solo block by Jimerson kept Ohio alive. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Ball State took a 2-0 set after the Cardinals followed up a kill by VanBeek with a double block by Mitchem and VanBeek.
Ball State broke a 10-all tie in the third set with a 7-4 run, forcing Ohio to call a timeout trailing 17-14. The Bobcats fought back with a 6-2 run that saw Nedoma register three kills. After Ball State called a timeout trailing 20-19, the Cardinals tallied three-straight points to take a 22-20 lead and force the Bobcats to burn a timeout. A kill by Plitt gave Ball State set point at 24-21, but kills by Park and Nedoma forced Ball State's second timeout. Ohio tied the score at 24-all on an attack error by the Cardinals, but Ball State sealed the sweep courtesy of another kill by Plitt and an attack error by the Bobcats.
Ball State was led by 12 kills from freshman outside hitter Natalie Mitchem, who hit .333. Freshman outside hitter Natalie Risi also finished with double-digit kills for the Cardinals, logging 11 and hitting .256.
Ohio will look to bounce back on Saturday (Oct. 19) as it hosts MAC West Division foe Toledo in a 6 p.m. ET matchup at the Convo.