Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Buckeyes top BYU in straight sets to win back-to-back national championships
Ohio State vs. BYU for the second straight finals
Johnson & Szerszen land on the First Team
USA Volleyball: Member of the bronze-medal-winning U.S. Junior National Team in the 2014 NORCECA U-21 Continental Championships in El Salvador ... two-time team captain for the U.S. U-19 national team (2012, 2013) ... led the squad to a third-place finish at the 2012 NORCECA Championships and qualified for the 2013 U-19 World Championships ... finished 16th at the world event.
Career: Entered the 2017 season ranked sixth in school history with 3,168 assists while averaging 11.00 assists per set (8th).
2016 (Junior Season): AVCA All-America Second Team selection ... also named to the All-MIVA First Team and All-MIVA Tournament Team ... ranked second nationally averaging 11.21 assists per set in NCAA contests ... guided the Buckeye offense to a team hitting efficiency of .350, slotted second in the NCAA rankings ... racked up 1,232 assists in 111 sets spanning 30 starts overall ... notched three double-doubles, combining 10 or more digs with high assist totals ... dished out 44 assists in NCAA Finals sweep over BYU (5/7) ... totaled 160 digs, 40 blocks (5s, 35a), 36 kills and four services ... First Team Academic All-America ... also picked up Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete honors.
2015 (Sophomore Season): Ranked second in the MIVA and fourth nationally averaging 11.05 assists per set ... dished out a total 1,050 assists in starting all 27 matches played in ... named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week (1/6) after averaging 1.29 digs and .86 blocks per set in season-opening weekend sweep of McKendree ... registered a 1.38 digs/set pace for the season ... tallied a pair of double-doubles in three-set winners at IPFW (2/20; 34 assists, 10 digs) and vs. Ball State (4/24; 38 assists, 11 digs) ... steered the Buckeye offense to a .368 team attacking efficiency by dishing out 71 assists to top second-ranked Lewis (3/13) ... ripped five service aces at Quincy (4/4) ... placed on the Capital One Academic All-District First Team ... also named Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference, an OSU Scholar-Athlete and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
2014 (Freshman Season): Named an Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshman All-American after setting up 886 assists in 22 matches played, including 21 starts ... ranked in the top-10 nationally and fourth in the conference by averaging 10.80 assists per set ... also contributed 93 digs (1.13/set), 45 blocks (.55/set), 25 kills, nine aces and a .286 attack percentage ... recorded a pair of doubles in a three-match span, notching 11 digs and 57 assists vs. Cal State Northridge (3/15) and 11 digs/49 assists at Ball State (3/22) ... averaged a season-high 14.25 assists in a four-set victory over Saint Francis (2/9) ... scored seven points with four kills on five errorless swings and four blocks (2s, 2a) versus Quincy (3/28) ... put up six blocks (2s, 4a) at George Mason (4/6) ... tallied a flawless 4.0 GPA, earning MIVA Academic All-Conference and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recognition.
Prior to Ohio State: Three-year starter for coach Christopher Partis at McQuaid Jesuit High School ... led his team to three-straight state titles (2010, 2011, 2012) ... named 2013 AVCA First Team High School All-American ... 2013 Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American ... named to the 2013 PrepVolleyball.com Fab 50 Seniors list ... 2012 Greater Rochester Player of the Year ... 2012 New York State Tournament most valuable player ... 2011 and 2012 All-State and Greater Rochester first team honoree ... National Honor Society ... also played for the Rochester Volleyball Club coached by Cal Wickens ... member of the fifth-place finishing team at the U-16 national tournament.
Personal: Son of Gary and Billie Sue Blough ... has one sister, Bailey ... majoring in biomedical engineering.
Tourney Time Thursday