Ohio State Men’s Volleyball Team Meets Donald Trump at White House

  0 Braden Keith | November 25th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MIVA, News

The Ohio State men’s volleyball team was one of 18 NCAA Championship teams invited to meet President Donald Trump in the White House on Friday, November 17th.

According to the White House, 18 invited teams attended. At least one invited did not attend: South Carolina’s women’s basketball team declined the invitation, with head coach Dawn Staley saying that the team was focused on their season and defending their national title.

Trump posed with teams in the white house and then they received a quick tour of the Oval office. While chatting with the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, he tossed a volleyball into the air.

2017 marked a second-straight NCAA title for the Ohio State men. The team graduated 6 seniors, including most significantly the team’s starting setter and captain Christy Blough and their 2nd-leading hitter, First Time AVCA All-American, and one of the all-time program greats Miles Johnson. They do return another first-team All-American, senior Nicolas Szerszen, who had 7 more kills than Johnson last year

The Buckeyes will open their 2018 season on January 6th against North Greenville, before they ramp up their schedule with back-to-back games against Stanford and BYU on January 12th and 13th. BYU is the team that Ohio State beat in each of the last two national championship games.

The tradition of championship sports teams visiting the White House dates back to the 19th century. In 1865, Andrew Johnson invited the Brooklyn Atlantics and Washington Nationals baseball clubs to the White House. The first World Series team to visit is believed to be the 1924 Washington Senators. NCAA Champions are believed to have begun visiting the White House in 1976 when Indiana’s men’s basketball team visited.

While the visits have become tradition, over the last decade the visits have become more controversial as politics become more divisive. Notably, Trump publicly “uninvited” the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors earlier this year after their star Steph Curry earlier said he would probably not visit because of Trump.

Read more about the tradition of sports teams visiting the White House here.

The team documented its trip to Washington D.C. on Twitter. A selection of those photos is below:






Highlights of the Day, including Ohio State men’s volleyball, below:

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About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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