A dozen Buckeyes earn MIVA academic award
A dozen Buckeyes own cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better
Unbeaten Home Mark Stretches to Five Matches
2016 (Sophomore Season): Played in 17 matches, serving 29 times in 24 sets ... recorded a pair of digs against Coker (1/22) ... dropped in an ace vs. Pfeiffer (2/ 26) ... committed just two service errors all season ... earned Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete distinction.
2015 (Freshman Season): Played in nine matches, making six 'starts' donning the libero jersey ... averaged 1.56 digs per set with 39 total digs in 25 sets ... added eight assists to season stat line ... dug a dozen balls in a four-set victory over Pfeiffer (1/25) ... successfully handled 15 errorless service receptions against McKendree (1/3) ... posted seven digs in back-to-back matches versus Limestone (1/16) and George Mason (1/23) ... MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete selection.
Prior to Ohio State: Named a High School All-American by both Volleyball Magazine and the American Volleyball Coaches Association ... listed in the Volleyball Magazine 2014 Boys' Fab 50 ... four-time all-conference and all-valley selection, leading Buchanan High School in digs four seasons straight ... guided the Bears to a state championship as a freshman ... excelled in the pool, too, as an all-conference water polo player and competing in the 100-meter breast stroke for the swimming squad ... named the Senior Athlete of the Year for Buchanan High ... also played for the Clovis Volleyball Club and the Central Cal Club.
Personal: Son of Tim and Vicki Samarin ... has an older brother, Daniel ... mother, Vicki, played volleyball at Liberty University ... father, Tim, played quarterback at Fresno City College ... uncle, Mark Stanley, played football at Liberty ... a sport industry major.