DEKALB, Ill.. - The Ohio volleyball team (13-10, 5-5 MAC) was defeated by Northern Illinois (8-16, 5-5 MAC), 3-1 (13-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17), on Saturday evening at Victor E. Court.
"Much like last night, we didn't play at a consistent level for long enough to win the match," head coach Deane Webb said. "Critical errors late prevented us from closing the two sets that were decided by only two points. I feel we have enough talent to be much more successful than we are right now. We all, as coaches and players, have to do a better job maximizing what we have. With Miami and Bowling Green coming up, this week will be vital to first qualify and then work for seeding for the Mid-American Conference Tournament."
Ohio was led by freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) who had 13 kills on 30 attempts for a .300 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) produced 13 kills on 37 swings. Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) had 12 kills, while junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) had 11.
Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) posted 49 assists and recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 12 digs. Giacomazzi guided the offense to 56 kills and a .238 attacking clip. Ohio outkilled NIU, 56-54 and had an attacking clip six points higher than NIU.
Ohio had eight total blocks and was led by redshirt sophomore middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) who had seven blocks. Bouyer also added five kills. Giacomazzi rounded out her night with four stuffs, while Nedoma had two and Park and Margolies each added one. Ohio outblocked NIU, 8-6.
Sophomore libero Emma Tupa (Brecksville, Ohio) had a career-high 20 digs for Ohio. Giacomazzi and Nedoma each had 12 scoops, while freshman defensive specialist Ciara Livingway (Lake Orion, Mich.) had seven. Ohio had 64 digs as a team while NIU also had 64.
Ohio had five team aces, with Nedoma and Tupa each posting two and Giacomazzi posting one.
The Bobcats hit a scorching .419 in the first set, posting 15 kills and just two errors. In the third set, Ohio hit .359 with 18 hammers.
Ohio will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 1 at Miami for the Battle of the Bricks. First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside Millett Hall.