Seniors Shawn Sangrey and Mik Berzins earned honors
Buckeye All-American Shawn Sangrey led all with 31 kills in effort
The Buckeyes look to capture the team's fifth straight NCAA appearance and 18th overall
Ohio State advances to MIVA Championship match and will play Lewis in St. John Arena Saturday
The Buckeyes are the No. 1 seed, while the Cardinals are the No. 5 seed
Ohio State vs. Stanford
CAREER RANKINGS: Career leader in digs with 902 ... ranks second in digs per set at 2.23.
2012 (SENIOR SEASON): Played in 29 matches ... Volleyball Magazine Third Team All-America ... MIVA All-Conference First Team ... MIVA Defensive Player of the Week with his performance at Saint Francis and Penn State ... 235 digs, averaging 2.08 dig per set ... 327.0 points during season, averaging 2.89 per set ... finished second on the team with 278 kills and a 2.46 average ... was seventh in the MIVA in digs average .. had career-best 16 kills at Ball State ... finished with six blocks vs. the Cardinals later on in the season ... had five double-double matches on the year.
2010 (JUNIOR SEASON): NCAA CHAMPIONS ... Played in 32 matches, starting 20 matches at libero and 12 at outside hitter ... played the last four set of the second Pepperdine match at outside hitter ... Preseason All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Conference Selection ... Tied the Ohio State match record for attack percentage in the Feb. 10 Quincy match hitting 13 for 13 to tie three others ... named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for his play in a home match against Penn State and two against Quincy... named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Sunday match at Grand Canyon ... ranked 27th nationally in digs per set at 1.84.
2010 (SOPHOMORE SEASON): Played in 28 matches ... libero starter in 16 matches ... started at outside hitter in 10 matches ... named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Penn State and Ball State ... named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for his play against George Mason ... named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for his play against in the MIVA Tournament against Ball State and Loyola-Chicago ... double-figure digs in 10 matches, double-figure kills in three ... ranked 19th nationally in digs per game at 2.52.
2009 (FRESHMAN SEASON): 2009 MIVA Second Team All-Conference ... ranked second in MIVA league statistics with a 2.85 digs per game average ... nationally ranked 16th in digs per game at 2.65 ...10 matches with double-figure digs ... played in 25 matches with 21 starts at libero ... averaged a team-high 2.65 digs per game ... team leader in serve reception percentage at .956 ... career-high 17 digs at Lewis and at St. Francis ... career-high three assists at Juniata ... career-high one assist block at Rutgers-Newark and at George Mason.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Played with Youth and Junior A2 USA National Team.
SHERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years at outside hitter coached by Bonnie Ghilcrist, Pete Ciarkas and Aldis Berzins ... 2008 team captain ... 2007 and 2008 first team All-Gazette ... 2007 Examiner Player of the Year ... Volleyball Magazine 'Fab 50'.
MARYLAND CLUB: Coached by Aldis Berzins
PERSONAL: Son of Aldis and Mara Berzins ... father played for Ohio State in 1975 to 1978 ... All-American in 1977 ... 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Gold Medialist ... has two brothers, Kris and Dainis ... enjoys grilling and fishing ... chose Ohio State because of the great academics and athletics.
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