Ohio State Men Roll into MIVA Semifinals

  0 Nathan Davis | April 16th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MIVA


  • Ohio State 3, Quincy University 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-15)
  • Ohio State moves to 28-2; Quincy University finishes the season at 7-22
  • Ohio State advances to host Ball State on Wednesday, April 19th, in the MIVA semi-finals.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Attendance: 556
  • Box Score

The #1 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes rolled into the MIVA semifinals with a convincing 3-0 win over the #8 seed Quincy University Hawks. OSU outscored the Hawks 75-49 with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-15 win.

Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 13 kills on 19 error-free attempts, hitting an astronomical .684%. Sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson contributed four kills on five attempts for a .800 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir went 9 for 11 with a .727 hitting percentage, while senior middle blocker Driss Guessous finished with seven kills on nine attempts for a .667 hitting percentage. Senior opposite Miles Johnson was able to pick up seven kills to go along with three service aces. Senior setter Christy Blough dished out 27 assists for the Buckeyes.

For the Hawks of QU, freshman outside hitter Omari Wheeler was the offensive force, finishing with nine kills, while junior outside hitter Anthony Winter followed with eight kills. Sophomore setter Adam Rogan controlled the offense with 20 assists with a team high four digs.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in the first set due to errors by the Hawks. With the score at 12-8, the Buckeyes used a three point service run by Guessous to pull ahead 15-8. After this, OSU used a 13-6 scoring run to take the opening frame 25-14.

The second set would prove to be the closest of the match. After a kill from Jarrod Kelso would pull the Hawks to within one, 2-3, the Buckeyes used a three point service run led by Johnson to go up 6-2. Errors by the Buckeyes caused the Hawks to bring the score within two, 12-10. However, it would not be enough as OSU would claim the second set 25-20.

In the third set, the Buckeyes got ahead early and pushed their lead to 11-3 before a Quincy timeout stopped the bleeding for the Hawks. The Buckeyes proved to be too much for the Hawks as they would win the third and final set 25-15.

Ohio State will now look to the MIVA semifinal matchup against Ball State. In both MIVA regular season matchups against Ball State, OSU won both matches 3-0.


Courtesy: Ohio State Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Top-seeded Ohio State opened postseason play by toppling No. 8-seed Quincy in just 62 minutes, ripping through three sets: 25-14, 25-20, 25-15. The Buckeyes notched their 28th win of 2017, improving 28-2 while dropping the Hawks to 7-22. Ohio State will host a to-be-determined opponent in the MIVA Semifinals Wednesday (Apr. 19) evening inside St. John Arena.

The Scarlet & Gray never trailed at any point in any set.

The Buckeyes have surrendered only 16 sets to Quincy in 56 all-time meetings dating back to the original clash in 1993, arising victorious in 54 of the 56 contests. The most recent match-up Saturday night in the conference quarterfinals was over in the blink of an eye. Ohio State attacked .520 or better in all three sets, swinging .525 overall.

Two days after being named the MIVA Player of the Year for the second straight season, Nicolas Szerszen proved the vote correct. He racked up 13 kills on 19 error-free attempts (.684) as one of four different Buckeyes to attack .667 or better individually. Blake Leeson’s 4-for-5 termination rate paced the squad while Maxime Hervoir and Driss Guessous combined for 16 more kills; hitting .727 (9-1-11) and .667 (7-1-9), respectively. Miles Johnson was a bit off from the pin, but delivered three aces from the service stripe to crack double-digit points.

Set 1: Ohio State committed a lone error on 23 attack attempts in the opening frame, getting up early and often. The Buckeyes jumped ahead 4-0 and never looked back in a 25-14 winner.

Set 2: The Buckeyes opened up a 10-5 edge in the second set just as they had in the first. It was once again a set void of any deficits for Ohio State. Quincy did threaten late the frame, however, closing to within three tallies at 20-17. The Buckeyes responded with a three-point run though, and eventually closed it out 25-20.

Set 3: It was a repeat performance for OSU to begin the third, sprinting out on top 4-0. Ohio State never lost grip of the lead throughout, blasting by the Hawks 25-15 to end the night early.

Courtesy: Quincy University Athletics

QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University men’s volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday (April 15) evening as the Hawks fell to No. 2 Ohio State, 25-14, 25-20, 25-15, in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals in Columbus.

The Hawks (7-22) were not able to stop an efficient Ohio State (28-2) attack that hit .524 for the match and held Quincy to a .095 mark.

The Hawks, playing without starting setter Thane Fanfulik (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) due to illness, never led in the match.

Freshman Omari Wheeler (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) led the Hawks with nine kills (.444) and just one error on 18 swings. Junior Anthony Winter (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/St. Edward) tacked on eight kills (.278).

Sophomore Adam Rogan (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) dished out 20 assists and had a team-high four digs.

MIVA Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 13 kills (.684) and no errors. Setter Christy Blough had 27 assists.

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Nathan Davis has been around volleyball his whole life. His senior year of high school he coached his own girl's high school volleyball team to a 27-6-1 record and a fourth place finish at the state tournament. He then went on to compete at the collegiate level for two years …

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