CLEVELAND – The Ohio volleyball team took home Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, MAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and MAC Setter of the Year while placing three on the All-MAC First Team, the league announced on Wednesday (Nov. 20). Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson is the league's MAC Player and Co-Defensive Player of the Year while junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) is the MAC Setter of the Year. Jimerson and Giacomazzi are joined by junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) on the All-MAC First Team.
"It is an honor for our program and entire team to have these three players honored," head coach Deane Webb said. "I'm happy for their accomplishments and proud of the work they put in to get there. I know all three are thrilled to earn these awards and are even more excited about the team opportunity ahead of us this week. As good as they have been so far this year, I believe they're hungry to be even better in their senior year next year. The best is yet to come."
Jimerson is the 11th Bobcat to win the MAC's top honor. Ohio last won the award in 2014, when Abby Gilleland won it for the second-straight season. Jimerson is the second MAC Defensive Player of the Year in Ohio history, joining Meredith Ashy, who won the award in 2014. Jimerson leads the MAC in overall blocks per set at 1.34 and is second in conference only blocks per set at 1.30. She led the MAC in hitting percentage and is No. 41 in the nation at .377, and also leads the league in points per set at 4.17. Jimerson earned MAC Player of the Week honors four times throughout the 2019 season and is the only student-athlete to claim offensive & defensive accolades in the same week.
Giacomazzi earned the MAC Setter of the Year award for the second time in her career. Ohio has won this award three other times, with Gilleland taking home the honors in 2013 and 2014 while Giacomazzi won the award in 2017. Giacomazzi is No. 3 in the nation in total assists at 1,259 and No. 12 in the country in assists per set at 11.45, both which lead the league. In conference play, Giacomazzi averaged a league best 11.62 assists per set. Giacomazzi has been named first-team All-MAC three times in her career.
Nedoma was named First-Team All-MAC for the first time in her career. Nedoma was third in the MAC in total kills at 361 and total points and 426.0. She finished fifth in conference kills per set at 3.53 and fourth in conference service aces at .38. Nedoma's conference points per set were good for No. 3 at 4.22.
Ohio earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming 2019 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Tournament, the league announced on Saturday evening. OU will face No. 8 Kent State in the first round on Thursday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University. All matches will be hosted by Bowling Green. The winner of Kent State – Ohio will take on No. 4 Ball State on Friday, November 22 at 4:30 p.m. All matches of the tournament will be streamed live on ESPN+, and voice of Ohio Volleyball Jake Hromada will call every match live on OhioBobcats.com. Ohio is 36-9 all-time in 18 previous MAC Championship appearances. The Bobcats have won the league tournament crown nine times, with the last coming in 2015. Ohio last played Kent State in the MAC Tournament in the semifinals of 2015, winning 3-1 en route to a championship.