CLEVELAND -- Junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) and junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) earned Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week honors, the league announced on Monday (Sept. 23). Jimerson won MAC East Offensive Player of the Week while Giacomazzi won MAC East Setter of the Week.
Giacomazzi won the award after a record setting performance against Kansas State in the North Texas Challenge, where she was named UNT Challenge All-Tournament. In Ohio's five-set win over Kansas State, she dished out an Ohio 25-point rally scoring era record 74 assists. Her 74 assists is the highest total in the NCAA this season and is the third-highest in program history, including side-out scoring and 30-point rally scoring. Giacomazzi didn't just hand out assists against Kansas State as she had seven digs, seven blocks and three aces in the victory. Giacomazzi closed out the tournament with a double-double after posting 36 helpers and 19 digs. She helped Ohio win the tournament after putting up a total of 150 assists and 34 digs while helping Ohio hit .264.
The award is Giacomazzi's third MAC East Setter of the Week honor of her career and her first this season. Giacomazzi was MAC Setter of the Year last season.
Jimerson won North Texas Challenge Most Valuable Player after continuing her hot play that earned her the MAC Defensive Player of the Week award last week. Jimerson hit .452 during the tournament and racked up a team-high 46 kills. In OU's win over K-State, Jimerson posted a career-high 10 blocks (one solo, nine assisted) and added a double-double after a season-high 19 kills. In the first match of the weekend, Jimerson posted 13 kills in just three sets and hit .400. She wrapped up the weekend with 14 hammers and two blocks while hitting .522. Jimerson averaged 4.18 kills per set and 1.36 blocks per set in the three matches.
This award is Jimerson's fourth MAC East Offensive Player of the Week honor of her career. It's her fifth overall MAC weekly award.
Ohio wrapped up non-conference play 8-5 and won two non-conference tournaments, the Bobcat Invitational and the North Texas Challenge. Ohio will begin MAC play on Friday against Bowling Green. First serve is set for 7 p.m.