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Ohio Volleyball Visits Ball State, Toledo This Weekend

Ohio Volleyball Visits Ball State, Toledo This Weekend

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio volleyball team (8-11, 3-3 MAC) is set to visit a pair of Mid-American Conference West Division foes this weekend as the Bobcats close out a stretch of four-straight league road matches. The Bobcats square off with Ball State (14-5, 5-1 MAC) on Friday (Oct. 12) in a 7 p.m. contest at Worthen Arena, then take on Toledo (7-10, 2-4 MAC) on Saturday (Oct. 13) at 7 p.m. at Savage Arena. The match at Ball State will be streamed live on ESPN+ while the match at Toledo will be streamed live on ESPN3.

WEEK EIGHT • MAC WEEK 4
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
7 p.m. | Ohio at Ball State | Worthen Arena | Muncie, Ind. | Live Stats | ESPN+
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
7 p.m. | Ohio at Toledo | Savage Arena | Toledo, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN3

OHIO LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK FROM LOSSES AT BALL STATE, TOLEDO
Ohio will be looking to bounce back from a tough third weekend of conference play last weekend. The Bobcats fell to East Division archrival Miami in a tough 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-9) setback last Friday (Oct. 5), then dropped a 3-0 (29-27, 25-22, 25-9) decision to Bowling Green the following day at the Stroh Center. 

IN THE RANKINGS
As a team through 19 matches in 2018, Ohio ranks second in the MAC and 44th in the country with 107 service aces and ranks third in the conference and 73rd in the nation with 1.49 service aces per set. The Bobcats also rank third in the MAC and 76th in the country with 159 total blocks and rank second in the MAC with 2.21 blocks per set.

IN IT TO WIN IT
Ohio was selected to win the MAC East Division, regular season and tournament titles in the league's 2018 preseason coaches' poll, the conference office announced on Aug. 22.

The Bobcats earned nine of the MAC East Division's 12 first-place votes and finished with 68 points. Ohio earned eight of 11 votes to win the regular season crown and five of 11 votes to win the tournament title. The poll was voted on the conference's 12 head coaches, with one head coach choosing not to select a regular season or tournament champion.

THE DEANE OF OHIO VOLLEYBALL
Deane Webb is in his fifth year as the head coach of the Ohio volleyball program in 2018. The Bobcats have gone 89-54 (.622) under the direction of Webb. -- including 53-17 (.757) in MAC play. Ohio won a MAC regular season title with a perfect 16-0 (1.000) league year in 2014, then captured the conference tournament title in 2015, the latter of which propelled the 'Cats to their 10th NCAA Championship appearance in program history.

The Bobcats have also excelled in the classroom under Webb. Ohio's 22 Academic All-MAC selections since Webb's arrival in Athens are the most under any head coach in the history of the Ohio volleyball program.

Webb owns an overall career coaching record of 459-270 (.630) over 21-plus seasons -- including 318-210 (.602) over 17-plus seasons at the NCAA Division I level.

READY FOR AN ENCORE
Sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy), sophomore middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) and junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) represented Ohio on the 2018 Preseason East Division All-MAC Team.

Stephens, who was named a team co-captain on Tuesday, played in all 32 matches and appeared in all 122 sets in her 2017 sophomore season, earning All-MAC First Team honors. She led both the team and the MAC and ranked 66th in the country with a career-high 443 kills (3.63 per set), which ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in program history in the rally scoring era. She posted double-digit kills 25 times -- including 20 or more three times. Stephens led both the team and the MAC and ranked fifth in the nation with a career-high 60 service aces, which ranks as the fourth-most overall in program history and most in program history in the rally scoring era. She posted three or more service aces on 10 occasions. Her 0.49 service aces per set led both the team and the MAC and ranked sixth in the country and rank as the most in program history in the rally scoring era. Stephens led the team and ranked second in the MAC with a career-high 527.5 points (4.32 per set), which ranks as the ninth-most in program history in the rally scoring era. She posted 20 or more points 10 times. Stephens also ranked second on the team with a career-high 320 digs (2.62 per set) and posted double-digit digs 15 times -- including 20 or more two times.

Through 19 matches in 2018, Stephens ranks second on the team in kills (185; 2.57 per set), service aces (30; 0.42 per set) and digs (166; 2.31 per set). She ranks third in the MAC and 26th in the country in service aces and third in the conference and 50th in the nation in service aces per set. Stephens leads the team with five double-doubles and has posted double-digit kills nine times and double-digit digs eight times. She has recorded three or more service aces three times this year.

Giacomazzi played in 32 matches and appeared in 121 sets in her 2017 freshman campaign, earning MAC Setter of the Year and All-MAC First Team honors as well as a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team. She ranked second in the MAC and 30th in the country with a team-high 1,278 assists (10.56 per set; fourth in the MAC) -- the most assists in a single season by an Ohio freshman in the rally scoring era in program history, the ninth-most assists in a single season by any player in the rally scoring era and the 10th-most in a single season by any player in the overall history of the program. She tallied 40 or more assists 17 times, 50 or more assists eight times and 60 or more assists once. Giacomazzi ranked third on the team with 306 digs (2.53 per set) and posted double-digit digs 14 times. She achieved 14 double-doubles. Giacomazzi also ranked third on the team with 52 total blocks (two solo, 50 assisted; 0.43 per set).

Through 19 matches in 2018, Giacomazzi leads Ohio with 566 assists (7.86 per set), which is good for fifth in the MAC. She has tallied 40 or more assists five times, including in four of the last six matches. Giacomazzi is tied for second on the team with four double-doubles.

Jimerson played in all 32 matches and appeared in all 122 sets in her 2017 rookie season, earning MAC Freshman of the Year and All-MAC First Team honors as well as a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team. She led the team and ranked fourth in the MAC and 59th in the country with a .358 attack percentage (409 kills-112 errors-829 total attacks), which tied for the third-best hitting percentage in a single season in the rally scoring era and tied for fifth-best in a single season in the overall history of the program. Jimerson ranked second on the team and fourth in the MAC with 409 kills (3.35 per set) and posted double-digit kills 21 times -- including 20 or more three times. She led the team with 105 total blocks (25 solo, 80 assisted; 0.86 per set), with her 25 solo blocks tied for the seventh-most in a single season in the rally scoring era of the program. She posted five or more total blocks 10 times. Jimerson also ranked second on the team with 479 points (3.93 per set) and posted 20 or more points six times.

Jimerson, who returned the lineup last weekend after missing the previous 11 matches due to injury, is fifth on the team with 26 total blocks (one solo, 25 assisted; 0.90 per set) and ranks fourth with 79 kills (2.72 per set).

CAPTAIN LIZZIE
Stephens joins redshirt senior middle blocker Katie Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) and redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) as Ohio's co-captains for the 2018 season.

Kosiorek and Nelson are in their second seasons serving as team co-captains.

In addition to Kosiorek, Nelson and Stephens serving as team co-captains, junior libero/defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is in her second season serving as the program's second-ever academic captain.

READY FOR A COMEBACK
Kosiorek, Nelson and redshirt junior middle blocker Simone Miller (Kalamazoo, Mich.) all missed either all or the majority of the 2017 season due to injuries. 

Kosiorek was an All-MAC Honorable Mention selection in 2016. Her 3,806 total attacks rank third overall in program history and third in the rally scoring era. Her 155 service aces are fifth overall in program history and second in the rally scoring era. She is eight service aces away from breaking the program's career rally scoring era record. Her 0.37 service aces per set rank second in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 1,231 kills rank seventh in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 2.96 kills per set rank 10th in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 1,464 points rank seventh in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 3.52 points per set are tied for eighth in the rally scoring era in program history.

Through 19 matches in 2018, Kosiorek leads Ohio with 193 kills (2.68 per set) and 35 service aces (0.49 per set). She enters this weekend ranked ninth in the country in service aces and 20th in service aces per set. She is tied for second on the team with four double doubles and has posted double-digit kills 11 times and double-digit digs six times this season. Kosiorek has recorded three or more assists four times this year.

In 2016, Nelson led the team with a career-high 91 total blocks (17 solo, 74 assisted; 0.89 per set), recording five or more total blocks on a career-high seven occasions. She ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 201 kills (1.97 per set) and recorded double-digit kills on a career-high seven occasions.

Through 19 matches in 2018, Nelson ranks second on the team with 69 total blocks (six solo, 63 assisted; 0.97 per set) and third with 157 kills (2.21 per set). She has tallied five or more total blocks six times this season and has posted double-digit kills eight times.

Miller ranked third on the team with a career-high 49 total blocks (10 solo, 39 assisted; 0.98 per set) in 2016.

Through 19 matches in 2018, Miller leads Ohio with 79 total blocks (five solo, 74 assisted; 1.32 per set). She enters the weekend ranked second among MAC players in total blocks and first among MAC players and 31st in the country in blocks per set. She has record five or more total blocks seven times this year.

REMEMBER REIHING
Though Giacomazzi and Jimerson earned all-conference accolades in 2017, Reihing put together a freshman campaign to remember as well. Her 484 digs led the team and ranked as the 10th-most in a single season in history and eighth-most in the rally scoring era while her 4.14 digs per set ranked as the ninth-most in a single season in the rally scoring era in program history. She tallied double-digit digs on 24 occasions -- including 20 or more nine times and 30 or more once.

Through 19 matches in 2018, Reihing leads the team with 313 digs (4.41 per set). She has tallied double-digit digs on 14 occasions -- including 20 or more six times and 30 or more once.

UP NEXT
Ohio returns to the Convocation Center next weekend, playing host to Western Michigan next Friday (Oct. 19) at 7 p.m. and Northern Illinois on Saturday (Oct. 20) at 6 p.m. 

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