Five Buckeyes listed in VBM All-America list
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: Represented the United States as a member of the Team USA squad that competed at the 2013 FIVB Men's U-21 World Championship in Turkey ... member of gold-medal-winning Team USA at the 2012 Junior Continental Championships.
Career: Entered the 2017 season tied for 13th in school history with 42 solo blocks.
2016 (Junior Season): Started all 20 matches played in, including a 10-kill performance in the NCAA Finals vs. BYU (5/7) ... posted double-digit kills and a .570-plus attacking percentage vs. UC Irvine (3/11; 11 kills, .588), at Ball State (3/25; 10 kills, .625) and against BYU (10 kills, .571) ... attacked .489 for the season, averaging 2.28 points per set ... ranked second on the team with .77 blocks/set ... racked up 16 points vs. UC Irvine, adding eight blocks (2s, 6a) to his 11 kills ... tallied multiple blocks in 18 of 20 contests ... earned Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete distinction.
2015 (Sophomore Season): Tabbed Preseason AVCA All-America and Preseason All-MIVA ... returned from injury to make season debut on Feb. 11 versus Penn State ... started the next 17 matches to finish out the season ... ranked 13th in the MIVA averaging .90 blocks per set ... registered 12 or more points in six different matches ... produced points at a clip of 2.44/set overall ... attacked .364 (113-37-209) while posting 1.79 kills/set ... threw up 11 blocks (2s, 9a) in four-set victory over Erskine (3/28), the most by a Buckeye since 2012 ... buried eight-plus kills in eight tilts, including an 8-0-10 (.800) effort against Ball State (4/9) ... an Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete selection.
2014 (Freshman Season): Placed on the AVCA All-America Second Team, the only freshman to earn All-American honors ... recognized by the AVCA as the Newcomer of the Year as well ... a First Team All-MIVA selection ... MIVA Freshman of the Year ... Off the Block/Springback, Inc. Freshman All-American ... paced the MIVA and ranked third nationally with a .446 attack percentage, the 14th-best mark in school history ... racked up 24 solo blocks to rank second in the MIVA for 2014 and top-10 all-time at Ohio State ... his .90 blocks/set (7th), 2.56 kills/set (16th) and 3.10 points/set (16th) all slotted in the MIVA top-20 ... totaled 93 blocks, 264 kills, and 28 digs while starting all 27 matches and playing in every set ... named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week (2/11) after stuffing 11 blocks (4s, 7a) in eight sets against Penn State (2/5) and Saint Francis (2/9) ... posted double-digit kills in 13 contests, including 10 or more put-aways six times in a seven-match midseason stretch (2/5-3/5) ... a MIVA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree.
2013 (Redshirt Season): Took a redshirt ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... MIVA Academic All-Conference.
Prior to Ohio State: Played for coach Michael Boehle at Loyola High School ... led team to state title in 2012 ... named a 2012 AVCA First Team All-American ... 2012 Mission Leage first team and CIF first team ... finished senior season with 299 kills, 89 blocks and a .600 attack percentage ... also played for the Manhattan Beach Surf Volleyball Club coached by John Beckwith ... 2011 USAV Junior National Championship silver medalist.
Personal: Son of Loring Guessous and Amal Guessous ... has an older sister, Kenza ... a double major in physics and mathematics.
Path to Title Defense Mapped Out
Hall of Fame Hanson in the Class of 2017