A strong service game and relentless hitting nights by senior outside Nicolas Szerszen and redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes lifted Ohio State to a thrilling five-set win over UC Irvine Tuesday night in the NCAA Tournament.
The AVCA announced its Division I-II Men’s All-America Teams on Monday with 10 players each earning first and second team honors and 27 garnering honorable mention accolades. Loyola senior Jeff Jendryk wrapped up his fourth honor, while BYU rookie Gabi Garcia Fernandez was tabbed as Newcomer of the Year.
The three-headed hydra of senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes and redshirt junior middle Blake Leeson, each notched double-digit kills and hit nearly .600 or better, lifting Ohio State to a close 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 win over King in the NCAA play-in match Thursday night.
The 2018 Men’s NCAA Tournament kicks off tonight, so let’s take a deep-dive into the play-in-game with Ohio State and King.
Ohio State coach Pete Hanson says of his team’s NCAA three-peat hopes beginning with Thursday’s play-in match: “You are going to have to beat three good teams, or four, to win the thing, so let’s line them up and play them. Last man standing gets to put on the ring.”
An all-around effort against a pair of top 10 teams led Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen to be tabbed Most Outstanding Player of the MIVA Tournament and now to be our final regular season VolleyMob Player of the Week.
#6 Ohio State earned their third-straight MIVA title with a straight-set victory over visiting #7 Loyola Saturday night.
The top four seeds of the MIVA Conference faced off in semifinal matches Wednesday night with Ohio State and Loyola moving on to battle it out for the championship and the league’s automatic NCAA berth on Saturday.
Ohio State senior Nicolas Szerszen is the first player to be named MIVA Player of the Year for 3-straight seasons.
Frenchman Nicolas Szerszen is now just 4 kills from Ohio State’s career record in the category.