CLEVELAND -- The Ohio volleyball team was represented by four student-athletes on the 2018 All-Mid-American Conference Awards list, which was announced by the league office today.
Sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy), sophomore middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) and junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) all earned spots on the All-MAC First Team for the second year in a row. The trio gives Ohio 14 First Team All-MAC selections in five years under head coach Deane Webb. Redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) garnered All-MAC Second Team selection after missing nearly all of the 2017 season due to an ACL injury. She earned All-MAC Honorable Mention following her 2016 junior season.
Giacomazzi, whose major is undeclared, finished the regular season ranked fourth among MAC players with 997 assists and 9.15 assists per set. She tallied 40 or more assists in match 12 times and 50 or more three times. She also ranked fourth on the team with 210 digs (1.93 per set) and tallied double-digit digs 10 times. She led the squad with eight double-doubles. In conference play, Giacomazzi led the MAC with 675 assists and 11.25 assists per game. She was named MAC East Division Setter of the Week twice this season.
Despite missing 11 matches earlier in the season due to injury, Jimerson, whose major is undeclared, still finished the season ranked third on the team in total blocks (61; 14 solo, 47 assisted; 0.92 per set) and fourth with 171 kills (2.59 per set). She hit .500 better eight times this year and tallied double-digit kills nine times. She also recorded five or more total blocks four times. In conference play, she ranked ninth in the MAC in both hitting percentage (.303) and total blocks (42; 14 solo, 28 assisted; 0.93 per set). She was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week once this season.
Stephens, who is a marketing and sport management major, finished the regular season ranked second in the MAC and 14th in the country with 48 service aces and third in the MAC and 28th in the nation with 0.44 service aces per set. She also ranked second on the team with 308 kills (2.83 per set) and 274 digs (2.51 per set). She recorded double-digit kills 14 times and tied for second on the team with seven double-doubles. In conference play, she tallied 60 service aces and ranked second in the league with 0.50 service aces per set.
Kosiorek, who is earning a master's degree in coaching education, finished the regular season ranked first among MAC players and 12th in the country with a career-high 50 service aces and first in the league and 18th in the nation with 0.46 service aces per set. She also led Ohio with 316 kills (2.90 per set) and ranked third on the team with a career-high 241 digs (2.21 per set). She recorded double-digit kills 17 times and finished the year with seven double-doubles to tie for second on the team. In conference play, she compiled 60 service aces and ranked sixth in the league with 0.33 service aces per set.
No. 7-seeded Ohio (12-17, 7-9 MAC) will square off against No. 6-seeded Northern Illinois (11-20, 9-7 MAC) in a 2018 Mid-American Conference Championship First Round matchup on Thursday (Nov. 15). The contest will get underway at 7 p.m. from Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio. The winner of Thursday's match will face No. 3-seeded Ball State (21-8, 12-4 MAC) in the Second Round on Friday (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m. The winner of that match earns the right to face No. 2-seeded Miami on Saturday (Nov. 17) at 7 p.m. The 2018 MAC Championship Final will be held on Sunday (Nov. 18) at 4:30 p.m. Bowling Green (19-10, 13-3 MAC) is the tournament's No. 1 seed. All 2018 MAC Championship matches will be streamed live on ESPN+, with Randy Hollowell and Lisa Dankovich on the call. 'The Voice of Ohio Volleyball' Jake Hromada will also have the call of the Bobcats' league tournament matches on OhioBobcats.com via StretchInternet's GameCentral.