ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio volleyball team (9-14, 4-6 MAC) is set for a busy sixth weekend of Mid-American Conference play as the Bobcats visit East Division rival Kent State (11-13, 4-6 MAC) on Thursday (Oct. 25) in a 7 p.m. matchup at the M.A.C Center, then return to the Convocation Center on Saturday (Oct. 27) to host West Division foe Eastern Michigan (14-10, 6-4 MAC) in a 6 p.m. contest.
Thursday's match against the Golden Flashes will be streamed live on ESPN3, with Jacob Pavilack and Brad Hamilton on the call. Saturday's match at the Convo between the Bobcats and the Eagles will be streamed on ESPN+, with 'The Voice of Ohio Volleyball' Jake Hromada on the call. Hromada will be joined by a special guest analyst on Saturday -- Ohio redshirt junior outside hitter Carley Remmers (Filley, Neb.).
The Bobcats will celebrate Halloween weekend on Saturday by hosting their annual 'Spoon n Spike' match. It's also a Rufus Kids Club Night. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, and a costume contest will take place with a winner being chosen after the first set. The costume contest winner will receive a giftcard to Casa Nueva. Presenting a Rufus Kids Club Member Card will grant free admission to the match. Family and friends of Rufus Kids Club members will get in for just $2.
PARKING ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY'S MATCH AT THE CONVO
Due to the large number of individuals that will be coming to Athens for the Halloween celebration, Parking Services has announced the following regulations for parking for Saturday's volleyball match at the Convo. Guests attending the match may park in lots 127, 128 and 129 around the Convo until 11 p.m. Halloween restrictions apply after that time. Click here for more information.
WEEK 10 • MAC WEEK 6
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
7 p.m. | Ohio at Kent State | M.A.C. Center | Kent, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN3
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
6 p.m. | Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+
KOSIOREK NAMED MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) was named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office today.
Kosiorek became the second Bobcat to earn conference weekly award honors in 2018, joining sophomore middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.), who was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4, and sophomore setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy), who was named the MAC East Division Setter of the Week on Sept. 24. She earned conference weekly award recognition for the first time in her career.
Kosiorek put together a big two-match stretch for the Bobcats last weekend, hitting at .419 clip with a team-high 37 kills (4.62 per set). She also ranked second on the team with four service aces (0.50 per set) and 29 digs (3.62 per set). Kosiorek broke the program record for career service aces in the rally scoring era in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-13) sweep of Western Michigan last Friday (Oct. 19) at the Convocation Center, recording three to bring her career total to 163. She also led the match with 13 kills and a career-best .619 hitting percentage and achieved a double-double with 13 digs. The following day in a tough 3-2 (25-23, 25-27, 17-25, 32-30, 15-7) loss to Northern Illinois at the Convo, Kosiorek hit .340 with a season-high 24 kills to lead the team and posted another double-double with a season-high 16 digs.
Coming off a season-ending leg injury in 2017, Kosiorek leads the Ohio volleyball through 23 matches in 2018 with 262 kills (2.94 per set) and 44 service aces (0.49 per set) and ranks third on the squad with 207 digs (2.33 per set). She leads the team lead with seven double doubles and has posted double-digit kills 15 times and double-digit digs nine times this season. Kosiorek has recorded three or more service aces six times this year -- including five or more four times.
Kosiorek was an All-MAC Honorable Mention selection in 2016. Her 3,972 total attacks rank third overall in program history and third in the rally scoring era. Her 0.38 service aces per set rank second in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 1,300 kills rank eighth overall in program history and sixth in the rally scoring era. Her 3.00 kills per set are tied for ninth in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 1,546 points rank seventh in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 3.57 points per set rank seventh in the rally scoring era in program history.
IN THE RANKINGS
As a team through 23 matches in 2018, Ohio ranks first in the MAC and 20th in the country with 135 service aces and ranks second in the conference and 50th in the nation with 1.52 service aces per set. The Bobcats are also tied for second in the MAC and 82nd in the country with 188 total blocks and rank third in the MAC with 2.11 blocks per set.
IN IT TO WIN IT
Ohio was selected to win the MAC East Division, regular season and tournament titles in the league's 2018 preseason coaches' poll, the conference office announced on Aug. 22.
The Bobcats earned nine of the MAC East Division's 12 first-place votes and finished with 68 points. Ohio earned eight of 11 votes to win the regular season crown and five of 11 votes to win the tournament title. The poll was voted on the conference's 12 head coaches, with one head coach choosing not to select a regular season or tournament champion.
THE DEANE OF OHIO VOLLEYBALL
Deane Webb is in his fifth year as the head coach of the Ohio volleyball program in 2018. The Bobcats have gone 90-57 (.612) under the direction of Webb. -- including 54-20 (.730) in MAC play. Ohio won a MAC regular season title with a perfect 16-0 (1.000) league year in 2014, then captured the conference tournament title in 2015, the latter of which propelled the 'Cats to their 10th NCAA Championship appearance in program history.
The Bobcats have also excelled in the classroom under Webb. Ohio's 22 Academic All-MAC selections since Webb's arrival in Athens are the most under any head coach in the history of the Ohio volleyball program.
Webb owns an overall career coaching record of 460-273 (.628) over 21-plus seasons -- including 319-213 (.600) over 17-plus seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
HUNGRY FOR MORE
Giacomazzi, Jimerson and junior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) represented Ohio on the 2018 Preseason East Division All-MAC Team.
Stephens played in all 32 matches and appeared in all 122 sets in her 2017 sophomore season, earning All-MAC First Team honors. She led both the team and the MAC and ranked 66th in the country with a career-high 443 kills (3.63 per set), which ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in program history in the rally scoring era. She posted double-digit kills 25 times -- including 20 or more three times. Stephens led both the team and the MAC and ranked fifth in the nation with a career-high 60 service aces, which ranks as the fourth-most overall in program history and most in program history in the rally scoring era. She posted three or more service aces on 10 occasions. Her 0.49 service aces per set led both the team and the MAC and ranked sixth in the country and rank as the most in program history in the rally scoring era. Stephens led the team and ranked second in the MAC with a career-high 527.5 points (4.32 per set), which ranks as the ninth-most in program history in the rally scoring era. She posted 20 or more points 10 times. Stephens also ranked second on the team with a career-high 320 digs (2.62 per set) and posted double-digit digs 15 times -- including 20 or more two times.
Through 23 matches in 2018, Stephens ranks second on the team in kills (256; 2.88 per set), service aces (40; 0.45 per set) and digs (207; 2.33 per set). She is third in the MAC and 10th in the country in service aces and third in the conference and 23rd in the nation in service aces per set. Stephens is tied for second on the team lead with six double-doubles and has posted double-digit kills 13 times and double-digit digs nine times. She has recorded three or more service aces five times this year -- including a career-high six last Saturday against Northern Illinois.
Stephens now ranks ninth in the rally scoring era in program history with 103 career service aces. Her 0.43 career service aces per set is the top mark in the rally scoring era in program history.
Giacomazzi played in 32 matches and appeared in 121 sets in her 2017 freshman campaign, earning MAC Setter of the Year and All-MAC First Team honors as well as a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team. She ranked second in the MAC and 30th in the country with a team-high 1,278 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, the ninth-most assists in a single season by any player in the rally scoring era and the 10th-most in a single season by any player in the overall history of the program. She tallied 40 or more assists 17 times, 50 or more assists eight times and 60 or more assists once. Giacomazzi ranked third on the team with 306 digs (2.53 per set) and posted double-digit digs 14 times. She achieved 14 double-doubles. Giacomazzi also ranked third on the team with 52 total blocks (two solo, 50 assisted; 0.43 per set).
Through 23 matches in 2018, Giacomazzi leads Ohio with 762 assists (8.56 per set), which is good for third in the MAC. She has tallied 40 or more assists eight times, including in seven of the last 10 matches. Giacomazzi is tied for second on the team with Stephens with six double-doubles. She is fourth on the squad with 162 digs (1.82 per set) and has tallied double-digit digs six times.
Giacomazzi now ranks fifth in the rally scoring era in program history and eighth overall in program history with 2,040 career assists while her 9.71 assists per set rank as the third-most in the rally scoring era in program history.
Jimerson played in all 32 matches and appeared in all 122 sets in her 2017 rookie season, earning MAC Freshman of the Year and All-MAC First Team honors as well as a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team. She led the team and ranked fourth in the MAC and 59th in the country with a .358 attack percentage (409 kills-112 errors-829 total attacks), which tied for the third-best hitting percentage in a single season in the rally scoring era and tied for fifth-best in a single season in the overall history of the program. Jimerson ranked second on the team and fourth in the MAC with 409 kills (3.35 per set) and posted double-digit kills 21 times -- including 20 or more three times. She led the team with 105 total blocks (25 solo, 80 assisted; 0.86 per set), with her 25 solo blocks tied for the seventh-most in a single season in the rally scoring era of the program. She posted five or more total blocks 10 times. Jimerson also ranked second on the team with 479 points (3.93 per set) and posted 20 or more points six times.
Jimerson, who returned the lineup three weeks ago after missing the previous 11 matches due to injury, is third on the team with 43 total blocks (seven solo, 36 assisted; 0.93 per set) and ranks fourth with 119 kills (2.59 per set). She has recorded double-digit kills six times this season and has posted five or more total blocks three times -- including a season-high six (one solo, five assisted) last Saturday against Northern Illinois.
Stephens joins redshirt senior middle blocker Katie Nelson (Regina, Saskatchewan) and redshirt senior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) as Ohio's co-captains for the 2018 season.
Kosiorek and Nelson are in their second seasons serving as team co-captains.
In addition to Kosiorek, Nelson and Stephens serving as team co-captains, junior libero/defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is in her second season serving as the program's second-ever academic captain.
Kosiorek, Nelson and redshirt junior middle blocker Simone Miller (Kalamazoo, Mich.) all missed either all or the majority of the 2017 season due to injuries.
In 2016, Nelson led the team with a career-high 91 total blocks (17 solo, 74 assisted; 0.89 per set), recording five or more total blocks on a career-high seven occasions. She ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 201 kills (1.97 per set) and recorded double-digit kills on a career-high seven occasions.
Through 23 matches in 2018, Nelson ranks second on the team with 74 total blocks (six solo, 68 assisted; 0.89 per set) and third with 172 kills (2.07 per set). She has tallied five or more total blocks six times this season and has posted double-digit kills eight times.
Miller ranked third on the team with 49 total blocks (10 solo, 39 assisted; 0.98 per set) in 2016.
Through 23 matches in 2018, Miller leads Ohio with a career-high 80 total blocks (five solo, 75 assisted; 1.31 per set). She enters the weekend ranked seventh among MAC players in total blocks and first among MAC players and 33rd in the country in blocks per set. She has record five or more total blocks seven times this year.
Though Giacomazzi and Jimerson earned all-conference accolades in 2017, Reihing put together a freshman campaign to remember as well. Her 484 digs led the team and ranked as the 10th-most in a single season in history and eighth-most in the rally scoring era while her 4.14 digs per set ranked as the ninth-most in a single season in the rally scoring era in program history. She tallied double-digit digs on 24 occasions -- including 20 or more nine times and 30 or more once.
Through 23 matches in 2018, Reihing leads the team with 396 digs (4.50 per set). She has tallied double-digit digs on 18 occasions -- including 20 or more nine times and 30 or more once.
SERIES HISTORY VS. KENT STATE
Ohio is 54-22 (.711) all-time against Kent State.
The Bobcats and the Golden Flashes met on Sept. 20 at the Convo, with Ohio earning a 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20) victory to open up MAC play. Kosiorek and Stephens both achieved double-doubles for the Bobcats. Kosiorek led the match with 14 kills and added 12 digs to go along with two service aces. Stephens logged 12 kills and 15 digs and matched freshman defensive specialist/setter Emily Walsh (Allen, Texas) for the match lead with three service aces. Junior middle blocker Sara Januszewski (Oak Creek, Wis.) hit a scorching .733 with 11 kills. Miller racked up a career-high 10 blocks (two solo, eight assisted) to lead the match. Nelson totaled nine kills and six assisted blocks. Giacomazzi tallied a match-high 40 assists and chipped in four total blocks (one solo, four assisted). Reihing led Ohio with 26 digs while junior libero defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) added 13 more.
Ohio last made the trip to the M.A.C. Center on Oct. 5, 2017, a match in which Kent State prevailed, 3-2 (25-18, 25-12, 17-25, 27-29, 15-12).
SERIES HISTORY VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN
Ohio is 38-15 (.717) all-time against Eastern Michigan.
The Bobcats and the Eagles last faced off in the regular season on Oct. 7, 2017, in Ypsilanti, Mich., with Ohio coming away with a 3-2 (25-23, 24-26, 25-19, 27-29, 15-13) victory. Stephens piled up a match-high 22 kills and hit .270. She also achieved a double-double with 18 digs and added a match-high four service aces and a career-high four total blocks (one solo, three assisted). Jimerson hit .229 with 19 kills and posted a double-double with 12 digs. She tied for the team lead with six total blocks (four solo, two assisted) and also added an assist. Junior setter/outside hitter Stephanie Olman (Maumee, Ohio) nearly posted a double-double with 13 kills and nine digs. She also contributed a solo block and an assist. Januszewski tied her season-high with six total blocks (one solo, five assisted). She also finished with four kills and three digs. Giacomazzi achieved a double-double with a match-high 57 assists and 18 digs. She also had a kill, a service ace and three assisted blocks. Howe led the team with 20 digs and also added a service ace and four assists.
Ohio and Eastern Michigan battled again on Nov. 17, 2017, in the 2017 MAC Championship Second Round, with the Bobcats earning a 3-1 (25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23). Stephens, Jimerson and Olman all tallied 13 kills to tie for the team lead.
The Bobcats last hosted the Eagles at the Convo on Oct. 8, 2016. Ohio rallied from a 2-1 deficit to post a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-8) triumph. Kosiorek tallied 21 kills for the Bobcats. She also contributed a service ace, a solo block and six digs. Kosiorek attacked at a .296 (21 kills-five errors-54 total attacks) rate. Nelson totaled 11 kills, an assisted block, a service ace and a dig for Ohio.
Ohio will play its final two road contests of the 2018 regular season next weekend, visiting a pair of MAC East Division rivals with trips to Akron next Friday (Nov. 2, 7 p.m.) and Buffalo next Saturday (Nov. 3, 6 p.m.).