Ohio State Men Selected As MIVA Preseason Favorites in 2017

  0 Carly DeMarque | December 15th, 2016 | Big Ten, College - Men's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

After winning a national title last season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been selected as the MIVA preseason favorites.

The 2017 MIVA preseason poll was released, naming the Buckeyes as the top contender for the 2017 season. Also release was the 10 member Preseason All-MIVA Team.

The Buckeyes did not receive all the first place votes for the league, with Lewis receiving one first place vote. With the No. 2 ranked recruiting class, they were able to secure the second place rank in the MIVA. The Flyers will begin their 2017 campaign facing the 2016 runner-up BYU.

Earning their way onto the Preseason All-MIVA Team is Nicolas Szerszen of Ohio State, who is the Preseason Player of the Year. Szerszen led the Buckeyes in kills last season with 516 and 4.23 kills per set. He also led the squad in aces with 63. Three other Buckeyes were placed on the list.

Lewis and Ball State each earned two players on the Preseason All-MIVA Team, Loyola’s Jeff Jendryk and Grand Canyon’s Shalev Saada marked their way onto the list.


MIVA PRESEASON POLL (points | first place votes)

1 – Ohio State (80 | 8)

2 – Lewis (69 | 1)

3 – Loyola (62)

4 – Ball State (53)

5 – McKendree (47)

6 – Grand Canyon (39)

7 – Fort Wayne (24)

8 – Lindenwood (18)

9 – Quincy (13)



Christy Blough, S, Ohio State

Gabriel Domecus, L, Ohio State

Jeff Jendryk, MB, Loyola

Miles Johnson, OPP, Ohio State

Mitch Perinar, OPP, Lewis

Shalev Saada, OH, Grand Canyon

Jacob Schmeigelt, MB, Lewis

Brendan Surane, OH, Ball State

Nicolas Szerszen, OH, Ohio State (Preseason Player of the Year)

Matt Walsh, MB, Ball State

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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