Ohio Volleyball Places Seven On 2018 Academic All-MAC Team

Ohio Volleyball Places Seven On 2018 Academic All-MAC Team

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CLEVELAND -- The Ohio volleyball team placed seven student-athletes on the 208 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team -- sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy), junior libero/defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.), junior middle blocker Sara Januszewski (Oak Creek, Wis.), redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), senior right side hitter Stephanie Olman (Maumee, Ohio), sophomore libero/defensive specialist Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) and junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas).

A total of 84 student-athletes across MAC volleyball were named to this year's squad.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

Olman received Academic All-MAC recognition for the third year in a row while Kosiorek earned honors for the third time in the last four years, Howe and Januszewski received recognition for the second year in a row and Giacomazzi, Reihing and Stephens all earned honros for the first time in their careers.

Giacomazzi, whose major is undeclared, finished the season ranked third among MAC players with 1,104 assists and 9.44 assists per set. She tallied 40 or more assists in match 14 times and 50 or more four times. She also ranked fourth on the team with 225 digs (1.92 per set) and tallied double-digit digs 10 times. She finished the year tied for second on 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.

Howe, who is a nursing major, ranked fifth on the team with 169 digs (1.99 per set) this season. She tallied double-digit digs five times.

Januszewski, who is a pre-retail merchandising and fashion major, ranked sixth on the team with 35 total blocks (one solo, 34 assisted; 0.56 per set) and seventh with 82 kills (1.30 per set). She tallied double-digit kills twice and posted five or more total blocks twice.

Kosiorek, who is earning a master's degree in coaching education, finished the season ranked first among MAC players and 11th in the country with a career-high 53 service aces (third-most in rally scoring era in program history) and second in the league and 21st in the nation with 0.45 service aces per set (third-highest average in rally scoring era in program history). She also led Ohio with 342 kills (2.92 per set) and ranked third on the team with a career-high 265 digs (2.26 per set). She recorded double-digit kills 19 times and finished the year with nine double-doubles to lead the team. In conference play, she compiled 60 service aces and ranked sixth in the league with 0.33 service aces per set.

Olman, who is a community and public health major, ranked fifth on the team with 134 kills (2.35 per set). She recorded double-digit kills seven times – including a career-high 21 against Ball State in the 2018 MAC Championship Quarterfinal on Nov. 16. She hit a career-best .571 at Kent State on Oct. 25 in a 3-0 win.

Reihing, who is a sport management major, led the team with a career-high 535 digs, which ranks as the sixth-most in a single season in program history (fifth-most in rally scoring era). Her 4.61 digs per set ranked ninth in the MAC and rank as the seventh-highest average in the rally scoring era in program history. She tallied double-digit digs a career-high 26 times – including 20 or more a career-high 10 times. She recorded a career-high 33 digs in a 3-2 win over Samford on Sept. 7 in the Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse.

Stephens, who is a marketing and sport management major, finished the season ranked third in the MAC and 18th in the country with 50 service aces (fourth-most in rally scoring era in program history) and fourth in the MAC and 31st in the nation with 0.43 service aces per set (tied for fifth-highest average in rally scoring era in program history). She also ranked second on the team with 335 kills (2.86 per set) and 305 digs (2.61 per set). She recorded double-digit kills 15 times and tied for second on the team with eight double-doubles. In conference play, she tallied 60 service aces and ranked second in the league with 0.50 service aces per set.

Ohio finished the 2018 season with 13 wins and qualified for the conference tournament for the 17th-year in a row.

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