ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio volleyball team (12-15, 7-7 MAC) will wrap up the 2018 regular season this weekend at the Convocation Center as the Bobcats host a pair of Mid-American Conference East Division rivals. Ohio plays host to Bowling Green (17-10, 11-3 MAC) on Friday (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m., then battles Miami (19-7, 11-3 MAC) on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 6 p.m.
Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN3. Jake Hromada, 'The Voice of Ohio Volleyball,' will be on the call alongside Gabe Genovesi.
The Bobcats will celebrate Heroes Day on Friday, honoring all military members, veterans and first responders. All military members, veterans and first responders who show their ID at the ticket window will receive two free tickets.
On Saturday, Ohio will honor its four departing seniors -- outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), right side hitter Katie Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada), right side hitter Stephanie Olman (Maumee, Ohio) and outside hitter Carley Remmers (Filley, Neb.).
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Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
7 p.m. | Ohio vs. Bowling Green | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN3
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
6 p.m. | Ohio vs. Miami | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN3
OHIO SET TO HONOR 2018 SENIOR CLASS
Kosiorek, Nelson, Olman and Remmers are closing out careers in which they all made an impact -- both on and off the court -- during their time in Athens. All four were members of the 2015 squad that won a MAC tournament title and qualified for the NCAA tournament, and both Kosiorek and Nelson were members of the 2014 that won the MAC regular season championship with a perfect 16-0 league record.
Kosiorek was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2014 after leading the conference with 46 service aces (0.44 per set). In 2015, she led the team in both service aces (38; 0.33 per set) and kills (351; 3.03 per set). The 2016 season saw her garner All-MAC Honorable Mention after leading the team in service aces (31; 0.28 per set) once again and ranking third on the squad with a career-high 360 kills. After suffering an ACL injury in the fourth match of the 2017 campaign that ended her season, she has bounced back in 2018 to lead the Bobcats in service aces and kills (296; 2.90 per set) and rank third on the team in digs (227; 2.23 per set). She enters the weekend with a career-high 49 service aces this season, which is tied for the third-most in a single season in the rally scoring era of the history of the program. For her career, she enters the weekend ranked fourth overall and first in the rally scoring in program history with 169 service aces (0.38 per set) and seventh overall and sixth in the rally scoring era in program history with 1,334 kills (2.99 per set). Serving as a team captain each of the last two seasons, she was named to the Academic All-MAC Team following both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She earned her degree in middle childhood math & science and is pursuing her masters in coaching education.
Nelson has accumulated 518 kills (1.82 per set) and 247 total blocks (39 solo, 208 assisted; 0.87 per set) during her career. Her 0.87 career blocks per set rank as the ninth-most in the rally scoring era in program history. She was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team in 2015 after logging 117 kills (1.50 per set) and 63 total blocks (13 solo, 50 assisted; 0.81 per set). She followed that season up with a career-high 201 kills (1.97 per set) and a career-high 91 total blocks (17 solo, 74 assisted; 0.89 per set) in 2016. This season, she ranks second on the team with 74 total blocks (six solo, 68 assisted; 0.88 per set) and ranks third with 172 kills (2.05 per set). She is pursuing a degree in specialized studies and has minors in entrepreneurship and social media.
Olman has been a versatile contributor for the Bobcats, playing at setter, outside hitter and right side hitter over her four years in Athens. She has logged 1,119 assists (4.27 per set), 327 kills (1.25 per set), 214 digs (0.82 per set) and 113 total blocks (13 solo, 100 assisted; 0.43 per set) over the course of her career. She ranked third in the MAC in 2016 in assists and set a career high in kills (203; 1.95 per set) in 2017, with her 1,065 assists (10.98 per set) in 2016 ranking as the fifth-most in a single season in the rally scoring era in program history. She was named to the Academic All-MAC following both the 2016 and 2017 seasons and is pursuing a degree in community and public health.
Remmers played In 32 matches over her Ohio career, logging 120 kills, 20 service aces, 200 digs and 27 total blocks. She put together a career year in 2017 in which she played in 21 matches and recorded a career-high 110 kills (1.43 per set), 18 service aces (0.23 per set), 199 digs (2.58 per set) and 20 total blocks (five solo, 20 assisted; 0.26 per set). She named to the Academic All-MAC Team following the 2017 season. Her collegiate playing career was cut short due to injury, but she has continued to serve as valuable contributor to the 2018 team. She is pursuing a degree in psychology and has minors in marketing and coaching education.
2018 MAC CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE
Ohio has qualified for the conference tournament for the 17th year in a row. The Bobcats enter the weekend occupying the No. 7 spot in the overall conference standings. The top eight teams in the league qualify for the 2018 MAC Championship Field. The 2018 league tournament will be held Nov. 15-18 at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BOWLING GREEN
The Bobcats hold a 37-32 (.536) lead in the all-time series with the Falcons. Ohio suffered a 3-0 (29-27, 25-22, 25-9) sweep at the hands of Bowling Green on Oct. 6 at the Stroh Center. Junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) and sophomore middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) tied for the team lead with 10 kills apiece for Ohio. Redshirt junior middle blocker Simone Miller (Kalamazoo, Mich.) led the match with six assisted blocks. Sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) distributed a match-high 35 assists. Sophomore defensive specialist/libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) led the team with 18 digs.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MIAMI
Ohio is 32-42 (.432) all-time against Miami. The Bobcats fell to the RedHawks in a tough 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-9) loss to Miami on Oct. 5 at Millett Hall. Stephens led the Bobcats with 16 kills and achieved a double-double with 11 digs. She also added four total blocks (one solo, three assisted). Kosiorek also achieved a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs. Nelson hit .229 with 11 kills and also added four total blocks (two solo, two assisted). Jimerson totaled nine kills and led the team with five assisted blocks. Giacomazzi dished out a team-high 46 assists and compiled 10 digs to achieve a double-double. Reihing piled up a team-high 23 digs.