CLEVELAND – The Ohio volleyball team placed five student-athletes on the 2019 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, the league announced on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Senior defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.), sophomore outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio) graduate transfer outside hitter Shayla Phillip (Columbia, S.C.), junior libero Macy Reihing (Lexington, Ky.) and senior outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Dallas, Texas) were all named Academic All-MAC. A total of 77 student-athletes were named to this year's team.
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.
Howe – Ohio's Academic Captain – earned Academic All-MAC for the third-straight season. Howe had 224 digs for Ohio and averaged 1.88 digs per set. Howe, a nursing major, had the fourth-most digs on the team.
Park, a communications sciences and disorders major, appeared in 22 matches and 63 sets. Park is Academic All-MAC for the first time in her career. She averaged 2.35 kills per set and had 148 total kills. Park's season-high for kills is 13, which she posted at NIU and in the MAC Tournament against Ball State.
Phillip, a sports administration graduate student, is Academic All-MAC for the first time in her career. Phillip averaged 1.68 kills per set while appearing 23 matches and 73 sets.
Reihing, a communications major, earned Academic All-MAC for the second time in her career. Reihing was the team's leader in digs with 488 and digs per et at 4.56. Reihing's season-high was 28 in a five-set match against Bowling Green.
Stephens, a sports administration major, is Academic All-MAC for the third time in her career. She recorded her 1,000th career kill against Kent State and appeared in 23 matches and 73 sets. Stephens averaged 2.05 kills per set and 2.35 digs per set for Ohio this season.
Ohio finished the season 18-13 and 9-7 in the MAC, earning the No. 5 seed in the MAC Tournament. Ohio advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament after defeating Kent State in the first round.