ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio volleyball team (1-2) visits Lincoln, Neb., this weekend to compete in the Ameritas Players Challenge at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Bobcats will be tested immediately when they meet No. 5-ranked Nebraska (1-1) on Friday (Aug. 31) in a 1 p.m. EST showdown that will be streamed live on Big Ten Network Plus ($). Ohio will wrap up the first day of the Ameritas Players Challenge with a 6 p.m. contest against Santa Clara (2-2). The Bobcats' trip to Lincoln concludes with a matchup with Wake Forest (0-3) on Saturday (Sept. 1) at noon.
WEEK TWO • AMERITAS PLAYERS CHALLENGE • BOB DEVANEY SPORTS CENTER • LINCOLN, NEB.
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 | Ohio at No. 5 Nebraska | 1 p.m. EST | Big Ten Network Plus ($) | OhioBobcats.com Audio Stream | Live Stats
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 | Ohio vs. Santa Clara | 6 p.m. EST | OhioBobcats.com Audio Stream | Live Stats
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 | Ohio vs. Wake Forest | 12 p.m. EST | OhioBobcats.com Audio Stream | Live Stats
BOBCATS GO 1-2 AT SPORTS IMPORTS CLASSIC TO OPEN 2018
Ohio began the 2018 campaign by going 1-2 at the Sports Imports Classic last weekend in Columbus.
The Bobcats got off to a fast start but could not sustain the momentum, falling to Texas A&M, 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-17, 25-16), last Friday (Aug. 24) in the 2018 regular season opener. Ohio opened up play on Saturday (Aug. 25) with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-11) loss to tournament host Ohio State. The Bobcats finished the weekend strong, though, picking up their first victory of the season by knocking off reigning America East Conference regular season champion Albany, 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18), to place third in the tournament.
Sophomore middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) paced the Ohio attack, finishing with a match-high 16 kills and five assisted blocks. Redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) tallied 13 kills for the Bobcats. Junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) just missed out on her first double-double of the year with 12 kills and nine digs. She hit .476 for the match and also added three assisted blocks and a service ace. Sophomore libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) led Ohio with three service aces, matching her career high, and also led the match with 19 digs. Sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) dished out a match-high 49 assists. She represented Ohio on the All-Sports Imports Classic Team after finishing the weekend with 94 assists (8.55 per set).
The Ameritas Players Challenge will serve as a homecoming for redshirt junior outside hitter Carley Remmers -- a native of Filley, Neb.
Remmers was a four-year letterwinner at Freeman High School under head coach Dani White, helping to lead the Falcons to a perfect school record of 33-0 and a Nebraska state title her senior year. She set a Nebraska School Activities Association championship record waith 30 kills. Remmers recorded 1,514 kills, 231 solo blocks, 218 service aces and 1,182 digs compiled during her high school career.
In her 2017 redshirt sophomore season with the Bobcats, Remmers played in a career-high 21 matches and appeared in a career-high 77 sets. She totaled a career-high 110 kills (1.43 per set) to rank fifth on the team and tallied a career-high 199 digs (2.58 per set) to rank fifth on the team, posting double-digits 12 times -- including 20 or more once. She also recorded a career-high 20 total blocks (five solo, 15 assisted; 0.26 per set) and a career-high 18 service aces (0.23 per set).
SCOUTING THE AMERITAS PLAYERS CHALLENGE
The Cornhuskers captured their second national championship in the last three years and fifth in program history last year, going 32-4 overall and 19-1 in Big Ten Conference play before punctuating six-straight wins in the NCAA Championship with a 3-1 triumph over Florida in the national title match.
Nebraska's 2018 season began with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23) loss to then-No. 7-ranked Florida last Friday, but the Cornhuskers bounced back with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 26-24) sweep of then-No. 18-ranked Oregon two days later.
Ohio is facing Nebraska for the first time. The Bobcats last beat a ranked opponent on Sept. 1, 2015 -- a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 30-28) triumph over then-No. 10-ranked Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Last year, Ohio dropped a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-19) decision to then-No. 2-ranked Penn State on Sept. 16, 2017, in University Park, Pa.
The Bobcats will be playing Santa Clara, which ranked No. 94 in the RPI last year, for the first time. Ohio's trip to Lincoln concludes with a matchup with Wake Forest the following day. The Bobcats face Wake Forest for the second year in a row and will be looking to avenge a 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19) loss last September at the Penn State Classic.
Ohio plays its lone midweek match of the 2018 season, visiting longtime rival Marshall next Wednesday (Sept. 5) at the Cam Henderson Center.