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Ohio Volleyball: Bobcats sweep MAC West Leader to improve to .500 in MAC play

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Ohio Volleyball (15-12, 7-7) dominated from start to finish in their sweep of MAC West leading Central Michigan (20-6, 10-4) on Saturday evening in the Convocation Center.

Central Michigan had 25 attacking errors, Ohio had 10 blocks but their block forced Central into mistakes even when they didn’t hit their swings.

“They made some uncharacteristic errors on their side but part of that was our block,” Ohio Head Coach Deane Webb said. “It’s difficult when the block was in the right place to not miss a few.”

Tia Jimerson was dominant once again. After posting a .857 hitting percentage last game, she posted six blocks and a .500 hitting percentage.

“I’ll give her some grief because that was .350 points lower than last night but .500 is an outstanding performance,” Webb said.

“We were in system a lot and I just knew I had to do my job in the front row,” Jimerson said.

Freshman Olivia Margolies stepped up with seven kills on only 12 swings.

“Our passers and Vera’s tempo made our (hitters) shots really easy,” Margolies said.

Ohio took the first set 25-22, leading the way for Ohio was Dahlias Bouyer. She had three kills on five attempts including a kill on set point.

Offense was the key in the first set, as Ohio hit .281 as a team, over .100 points better than Central did.

The Bobcats won the second set 25-21. It was domination on both sides as the Bobcats hit .324 while Central Michigan only hit .121 in the set.

Ohio jumped all over the Chippewas to open the third set up 7-0.

The Bobcats rode that momentum to a 25-19 victory, sweeping the weekend at home.

“It’s our crowd they give us so much energy,” Jimerson said. “Honestly we’re just really comfortable on our home court, that puts us in a different mindset when we’re here.”

Ohio wraps up the 2019 regular season next weekend at home, when the Bobcats host Buffalo and Akron.