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The Bobcats celebrate during their win over the College of Charleston in the Bobcat Invitational on September 13, 2019. PHOTO: Ben Weilgopolski/WOUB

Ohio Volleyball: ‘Cats Sweep College of Charleston in First Game of Bobcat Invitational

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Ohio (4-4) wasted zero time taking down College of Charleston with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-18) victory.

In the first set the Bobcats gained control from the start, taking an 11-5 lead after a Shayla Phillip kill. Phillip would ride that momentum to eight kills on a .615 hitting percentage.

“It was amazing. Personally, it’s really good to know that you could do it and you’re right there but my teammates are right there also. I couldn’t have done it without their passes and their sets,” Phillip said. “Many thanks to them.”

The Bobcats would led my a much as 14 when they took a 24-10 after back to back Lizzie Stephens aces. Ohio would finish off the first set, winning 25-14, from a service error from College of Charleston’s Mandy Napierala.

“It’s a huge relief to be back in the Convo. We were just saying before he game that it feels like forever since we played at home, so it was good being in Athens and going through a gameday routine here,” Stephens said. “It was good to get that win in three sets and get ready for the big game tonight.”

Ohio took a much more competitive second set 25-23. Neither team had a lead greater than two points in the entire set. The set included six lead changes and 15 ties.

“We found a way to buckle down and got the points that we needed to,” Ohio head coach Dean Webb said. “It wasn’t our best set in some ways, but we got the right points to finish it out.”

The third set the Bobcats imposed their defensive will on Cougars, holding them to a negative hit percentage in the decisive set.

Ohio got two aces from Vera Giacomazzi and Meredith Howe in the third set, helping cruise to a sweep.

Overall, Ohio excelled defensively, holding CoC to a .076 hit % for the match. Macy Reihing had 18 digs and Giacomazzi had 13 for the Bobcats. Offensively, Ohio was led by Maggie Nedoma with nine kills, Phillip and Stephens with eight each, Dahlias Bouyer had seven kills and two block assists, and Olivia Margolies had five kills and one block solo.

The Bobcats are back in action on Friday night when they host UConn. The Bobcats will also welcome Virginia for a match on Saturday at 2 PM.