ATHENS, Ohio -
Ohio (21-12) makes its eighth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament this weekend as it ventures to Durham, N.C., for a first-round matchup against the Ivy League champion Penn Quakers. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. from Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Green & White are leading the country with 3.09 blocks per set and Katie Post is leading the way. The junior is leading the MAC and 10th in the nation at 1.42 blocks per set and sits one block assist and 16 total blocks away from being tops on the single-season charts. She already owns both marks for a single season during the rally-scoring era.
Lexie Hartnett is also having a fine season, blocking 1.17 attacks per set, second in the MAC and 55th nationally. Faith Robins, Michelle Jantsch, Mandy Nichols and Sue Jacobi have all registered 75 blocks or more for the most prolific blocking team in the nation. As a team, the ‘Cats have broken their single-season record for block assists (571) and total blocks (386.5).
Jacobi has also been a leader on the offensive side of the net, earning the MAC Tournament MVP and finishing second in the MAC in kills and points. She is currently 18th in the nation in points per set (4.88) and 22nd in kills per set (4.22). Jacobi is 30 kills, but only 12.5 points away, from the single-season records.
Post has also been a standout offensively and she finished sixth in the MAC in hitting percentage (.340) while ranking second on the team in kills and points. She is the only player in the conference to rank among the top 10 in hitting percentage, aces, blocks and points during MAC play.