ATHENS, Ohio – Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) had a match-high 18 kills as Ohio (13-8, 5-3 MAC) swept Toledo (7-13, 0-8 MAC), 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-22) on Saturday evening inside the Convocation Center.
"We've been working on defense nonstop and for the first two sets we were dominant on defense," head coach Deane Webb said. "We got pushed a little bit in the third set and the defense stepped up when it needed to. It was an important one."
Nedoma led the way with a .359 attacking clip on 39 swings and 18 kills for Ohio. Her 18 kills a three-set high this year. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) and junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson each had eight hammers. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had four kills each.
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) paced the offense with 34 assists and helped Ohio hit .273 with 44 kills. Ohio outkilled Toledo 44-30. Giacomazzi had her 11th double-double of the season after posting 13 digs. The Bobcats were consistent on offense all night, posting a .267 attacking clip in the first set and a .275 attacking clip in the second and third set.
Ohio recorded 11 blocks in the three set sweep. Jimerson led the way with six blocks (two solo, four assisted) while Bouyer and Nedoma had four. Giacomazzi had three while Park had one solo block. The Bobcats outblocked Toledo 11-3 and held UT to a .110 attacking clip.
"After the loss last night we went into the locker room and talked about how our defense was really good and just couldn't execute on the offensive side," Jimerson said. "Tonight we flipped the switch and put them both together."
Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) had a match-high 18 digs and also added seven assists. After Giacomazzi's 13, Nedoma posted a double-double of her own after she added 10 digs. Nedoma now has eight double-doubles this season.
Ohio posted five aces, with Giacomazzi posting two and Nedoma, Bouyer and senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had one ace each.
The Bobcats will return to action on the road next Friday at Miami. First serve is set for 7 p.m.