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Ohio Volleyball's Giacomazzi, Jimerson, Stephens Earn All-MAC Honors

Ohio Volleyball's Giacomazzi, Jimerson, Stephens Earn All-MAC Honors

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MAC Release

CLEVELAND -- The Ohio volleyball team was well represented on the 2017 All-Mid-American Conference awards list, which was announced on Wednesday (Nov. 15) by the league office.

Freshman setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy) was named MAC Setter of the Year, freshman middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) was named MAC Freshman of the Year and sophomore outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) was named First Team All-MAC. Giacomazzi and Jimerson joined Stephens in garnering First Team All-MAC laurels and also represented the Bobcats on the All-MAC Freshman Team.

Giacomazzi becomes the second player in program history to be named MAC Setter of the Year, joining Abby Gilleland (2013, '14). 

Through 30 matches in 2017, Giacomazzi leads the MAC and ranks 10th in the country with 1,204 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. She also ranks third on the team with 279 digs (2.45 per set) and 47 total blocks (two solo, 45 assisted; 0.41 per set) and is fifth with 18 service aces (0.16 per set). She has achieved 12 double-doubles to lead the team. In conference play, Giacomazzi finished with 708 assists (11.24 per set), 185 digs (2.94 per set, 29 total blocks (two solo, 27 assisted; 0.46 per set), 16 kills (0.25 per set) and 12 service aces (0.19 per set).

Jimerson becomes the fourth player in program history to be named MAC Freshman of the Year, joining Amanda Andersen (2005), Ellen Herman (2006) and Meredith Ashy (2012). Through 30 matches in 2017, Jimerson leads Ohio with 95 total blocks (22 solo, 73 assisted; 0.83 per set) and ranks second on the squad and fourth in the MAC with 386 kills (3.36 per set). Her .362 hitting percentage is third in the conference. She also ranks sixth on the team with 113 digs (0.98 per set) and has compiled five service aces (0.04 per set) and four assists (0.03 per set). Jimerson has tallied double-digit kills 20 times -- including 13 of the last 16 matches. She has recorded 10 matches in 2017 where she has hit .400 or better with double-digit kills. In conference play, Jimerson hit .381 with 229 kills (3.63 per set), 46 total blocks (15 solo, 31 assisted; 0.73 per set), 71 digs (1.13 per set), two service aces (0.03 per set) and three assists (0.05 per set).

Stephens garners First Team All-MAC honors for the first time in her career. Through 30 matches in 2017, Stephens currently leads the conference and ranks 36th in the nation with 425 kills (3.70 per set; fourth in the MAC). She also leads the league and ranks fourth in the country with 57 service aces (0.50 per set; first in the MAC, seventh in the country), which ranks as the most in a single season in the rally scoring era of the program's history. Stephens has posted double-digit kills a team-high 24 times for Ohio in 2017 -- including in 17 of the last 20 matches. She is also second on the team with 11 double-doubles. Stephens has set career highs in kills, service aces, digs (295; 2.57 digs per set), total blocks (36, nine solo, 27 assisted; 0.31 total blocks per set) and assists (12; 0.11 assists per set). In conference play, Stephens finished with 240 kills (3.81 per set), 36 service aces (0.57 per set), 161 digs (2.56 per set), 20 total blocks (seven solo, 13 assisted; 0.32 per set) and six assists (0.10 per set).

Giacomazzi, Jimerson and Stephens give Ohio 11 First Team All-MAC selections in four years under head coach Deane Webb. The selections of Giacomazzi and Jimerson to the All-MAC Freshman Team give Ohio four such honorees under Webb. 

Ohio (16-14, 10-6 MAC) has overcome numerous major injuries throughout the 2017 campaign, winning seven of its final nine MAC matches to lock down the No. 4 seed and a  in this week's 2017 MAC Championship, which will be held at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio. Ohio will play either No. 5-seeded Buffalo (15-12, 8-8 MAC) or No. 8-seeded Eastern Michigan (15-17, 7-9 MAC) on Friday (Nov. 17) at 4:30 p.m. ET. The match between the Bulls and the Eagles will be played on Thursday (Nov. 16) at 4:30 p.m. ET. The winner of Friday's second-round matchup will meet No. 1-seeded Miami (21-8, 13-3 MAC) on Saturday (Nov. 18) at 4:30 p.m. ET in the MAC semifinals. The MAC tournament championship match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday (Nov. 19).

All league tournament matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.

2017 MAC Volleyball Player of the Year
Kallie Seimet, Bowling Green, Libero 

2017 MAC Volleyball Setter of the Year
Vera Giacomazzi, Ohio, S 

2017 MAC Volleyball Freshman of the Year
Tia Jimerson, Ohio, MB 

2017 MAC Defensive Player of the Year
Kallie Seimet, Bowling Green, Libero 

2017 MAC Volleyball All-MAC First Team (14 Members)
Brooklyn Goodsel, Ball State, OH
Kallie Seimet, Bowling Green, L
Cassie Shado, Buffalo, MB
Jordan Bueter, Central Michigan, OH
Kelsey Bittinger, Kent State, OH
Olivia Rusek, Miami, OH
Maeve McDonald, Miami, L
Katie Tomasic, Miami, RH
Kaylee Martin, Northern Illinois, OH
Meg Wolowicz, Northern Illinois, MB
Vera Giacomazzi, Ohio, S
Tia Jimerson, Ohio, MB
Lizzie Stephens, Ohio, OH
Sydney LeMay, Western Michigan, MB 

2017 MAC Volleyball All-MAC Honorable Mention (6 Members)
Ellie Dunn, Ball State, OH
Amber Seaman, Ball State, S
Isabella Marciniak, Bowling Green, S
Nicole Slimko, Bowling Green, OH
Kelly Ferguson, Eastern Michigan, MB
Annie Beasley, Toledo, MH/OH 

2017 MAC Volleyball All-Freshman Team (6 Members)
Katie Kidwell, Bowling Green, MB
Andrea Mitrovic, Buffalo, OH
Kaylee Martin, Northern Illinois, OH
Tia Jimerson, Ohio, MB
Vera Giacomazzi, Ohio, S
Rachel Bontrager, Western Michigan, OH

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