GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Ohio volleyball team will begin the regular season this weekend in Green Bay, Wisconsin at the Green Bay Invite. Ohio's first match of the season will take place on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. ET. in the Kress Center. Later that day, The Bobcats will see host Green Bay at 8 p.m. ET. OU will wrap up the Green Bay Invite on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. ET against Northeastern. After the Green Bay Invite, Ohio will travel to No. 17 Purdue to wrap up the weekend on Sunday Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. ET.
Friday, Aug. 30 vs. Fresno State | 2 p.m. ET | Green Bay, Wisconsin | Kress Center | Live Stats
Friday, Aug. 30 at Green Bay | 8 p.m. ET | Green Bay, Wisconsin | Kress Center | Live Stats | ESPN+
Saturday, Aug. 31 vs. Northeastern | 2 p.m. ET | Green Bay, Wisconsin | Kress Center | Live Stats
Sunday, Sept. 1 at No. 17 Purdue | 2 p.m. ET | West Lafayette, Indiana | Holloway Gymnasium | Watch Live | Live Stats
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT OHIO VOLLEYBALL
- Ohio was picked to finish third in the Mid-American Conference East Division. The Bobcats received one first place vote.
- Three players – junior setter Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy), senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) and junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) – were named to the Preseason All-MAC East team.
- Ohio took down Wright State in an exhibition last weekend, 3-2, (25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 16-14). The Bobcats were led on offensive by senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas), who had 15 kills. Four total Bobcats had double figure kill totals, with junior opposite Maggie Nedoma (Brook Park, Ohio) totaling 13, redshirt sophomore middle blocker/opposite Dahlias Bouyer (Brownstown, Mich.) had 11 kills and graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip posted 10 terminations.
- Ohio has seven incoming freshman – setter Abby Arend (The Woodlands, Texas), middle blocker Caitlin O'Farrell (Suwanee, Ga.), libero Ciara Livingway (Lake Orion, Mich.), opposite Emily Margolies(Galena, Ohio), outside hitter Olivia Margolies (Galena, Ohio), middle blocker Jaylen Rogers(Guysville, Ohio) and outside hitter/defensive specialist Ashton Webb (Gallipolis, Ohio). The Bobcats also have three transfers – graduate transfer middle blocker Shayla Phillip from Samford, sophomore outside hitter Emma Tupa from New Hampshire and junior outside hitter Maggie Nedoma from Southern Illinois.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
Fresno State went 22-11 and 13-5 in the Mountain West last season. Fresno State returns a pair of 2018 All-Mountain West selections in Madelyn Halteman and Reagan Leonard. The Bulldogs and Ohio have never faced off against each other. FSU participated in the postseason last season after earning an automatic bid to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
SCOUTING GREEN BAY
Green Bay was selected to win the 2019 Horizon League in the preseason coaches poll, and won the league in 2018. GB returns Horizon League Player of the Year in Taylor Wolf and Horizon League Setter of the Year Maddie Yoss.
Northeastern went 16-14 last season and finished fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Northeastern returns one All-CAA player, Middle blocker Natalie Shollin.
Purdue went 24-9 in 2018 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being swept by Kentucky. The Boilermakers did not lose a non-conference match last season. Middle blocker Blake Mohler was a 2018 Third-team All-American and was a preseason All-Big Ten selection.