LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ohio Volleyball junior middle blocker Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-America, the AVCA announced on Wednesday (Dec. 18).
Jimerson is the first Bobcat to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors since 2014, when Abby Gilleland was named to the team. Jimerson is the seventh Bobcat to be named Honorable Mention All-America and Ohio has won the award 10 times. Only Gilleland and Ellen Herman have been on the All-America team twice at Ohio.
"We're obviously very happy for Tia to earn this award and represent our program in this way," head coach Deane Webb said. "She has improved significantly on the defensive side of the game and has impacted many games for us this year as a blocker."
Jimerson led the Mid-American Conference in overall blocks per set at 1.33 and was second in conference only blocks per set at 1.30. Jimerson's block per set number was good for No. 28 in the nation. She led the MAC in hitting percentage and is No. 45 in the nation at .369, and was second in the league in points per set at 4.09. Jimerson earned MAC Player of the Week honors four times throughout the 2019 season and is the only student-athlete to claim offensive & defensive accolades in the same week.
"Although I know Tia is thrilled to earn this award, I know she has her mind on higher levels of success both for our team and for herself next year," Webb added. "She's committed to a level of work ethic that will help her achieve those goals, and I'm looking forward to watching her push herself to find new successes in 2020."
Earlier this year, Jimerson was named AVCA All-Region, MAC Player of the Year, MAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and First-team All-MAC. Jimerson was the 11th Bobcat to win the MAC's top honor, and Ohio last won the award in 2014 when Gilleland took home the honor. Gilleland was an AVCA All-American and AVCA All-Region winner that 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.