CLEVELAND -- Junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) of the Ohio volleyball team (6-4) has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced today (Sept. 16).
In her first two matches this season, Jimerson was stellar on both sides of the ball as she earned Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse All-Tournament honors. On defense, Jimerson had 10 total blocks (three solo, seven assisted) in the two matches. Jimerson was one short of career-high with seven stuffs (two solo, five assisted) in the sweep of UVA and put up one solo and two assisted blocks in OU's sweep of UConn. On offense, Jimerson committed just one error in six sets on the floor while hitting a scorching .577. Jimerson racked up 16 total kills, including nine kills on 15 swings with zero errors in Ohio's sweep of Virginia. Over the two sweeps, Jimerson averaged 1.67 blocks per set, 2.67 kills per set and 3.8 points per set. Jimerson was the top blocker of the Bobcat Invitational.
This award is Jimerson's first MAC East Defensive Player of the Week honor. It's her fourth overall MAC weekly award, as she has taken home MAC East Offensive Player of the Week three times in previous seasons. She is the first Bobcat volleyball player to win a weekly award this season.
Coming off three sweeps and a Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse championship, Ohio will hit the floor again in the North Texas Challenge. The Bobcats will begin the challenge with New Mexico on Thursday, take on Kansas State on Friday and finish the tournament North Texas on Saturday.