BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Ohio volleyball team (18-13, 9-7 MAC) fell in the Mid-American Conference Volleyball Tournament quarterfinals to Ball State (18-11, 11-5 MAC), 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 21-25, 25-16) on Friday evening at the Stroh Center.
Ohio was led by sophomore outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) after 13 kills and hit .374. Junior opposite Maggie Nedoma had 12 kills, while junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) also hit double digits with 11 hammers and a team-best .474 attacking clip. Freshman outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio) posted eight kills while graduate transfer Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.), junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) all had two.
Giacomazzi had 44 assists and helped Ohio rack up 50 kills against the Cardinals while hitting .259. OU was outkilled by BSU, 67-50.
Junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) had a match-high 22 digs for Ohio. Senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had 12 scoops. Giacomazzi added seven scoops, Jimerson had six and senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) had five. Ohio was outdug by Ball State, 67-63.
Ohio recorded five blocks in the match. Jimerson had three while Giacomazzi and Bouyer had two each. Margolies, Nedoma and Park all had one assisted stuff. Ohio outblocked Ball State, 5-3.
Jimerson and Reihing each had an ace in the win.
Ohio hit .243 in the first set with 13 kills. The Bobcats were down 10-7 and 15-11 but climbed back in to tie the set at 18-18. Ohio took the lead at 23-22 after a Margolies kill but Ball State fired off three-straight points to win the first set, 25-23.
After dropping the second set 25-15, Ohio won the third set 25-21. Ohio did not commit an error in the third set and hit .567 with 17 kills. Ohio took the lead to start the set with a Bouyer hammer and jumped to an early 11-6 advantage. Ball State got the set within on at 17-16 but Ohio pushed the lead back to 23-19. Ohio won the set, 25-21, on a kill from Jimerson that was assisted by Giacomazzi.
Ohio had 10 kills in the fourth set and hit .188. BSU started on a 3-0 run and eventually got the lead up to 10-4. Ohio chipped away at the lead and brought the BSU advantage down to 14-10 but Ball State was able to hold steady and win the set, 25-16 and the match, 3-1.