Buckeyes top BYU in straight sets to win back-to-back national championships
Johnson & Szerszen land on the First Team
Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Ohio State to host Grand Canyon Saturday in Finals
Career: Entered the 2017 season ranked second in school history with .35 aces per set ... also slotted top-20 for 111 aces (3rd), 2,039 attempts (15th), 1,122.0 points (15th) and 931 kills (16th).
2016 (Junior Season): Concluded AVCA All-America First Team performance by earning NCAA Tournament MVP honors, pushing OSU to the national title with over 40 points combined in the NCAA Semifinals and Finals while attacking .352 ... recorded a double-double (one of five on the year) in win over UCLA (5/5), posting 20 kills and 10 digs to go along with a pair of aces and blocks ... also picked up All-MIVA First Team and All-MIVA Tournament Team accolades ... named the AVCA National Player of the Week and MIVA Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 16 with a 6.58-points-per-set weekend in Chicago, pushing the Buckeyes past Loyola and Lewis (2/12-13) in straight sets ... ranked top-15 nationally with .39 aces/set (13th), 4.42 points/set (14th) and 3.72 kills/set (15th) in NCAA matches ... 46 total aces and .39 aces/set are tied for fourth and seventh, respectively, in school history ... accumulated 15 or more kills in 13 matches ... connected on multiple aces in 15 contests ... traveled to Jamaica for a service trip as part of Ohio State Athletics' collaboration with Soles4Souls ... picked up Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete distinction.
2015 (Sophomore Season): AVCA All-America honorable mention and Second Team All-MIVA selection ... ranked fourth in the MIVA and 10th nationally with .43 aces per set ... also slotted in MIVA top-20 for points (3.70; 9th), kills (3.01; 12th) and attacking efficiency (.257; t-18th) ... the .43 aces/set rate and 43 total aces are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, all-time at OSU for a single season ... added 123 digs (1.24/set) and 45 blocks (6s, 39a) while starting all 28 matches played ... produced double-digit points in 20 matches, including a 20-kill explosion at Grand Canyon (2/27) ... blasted five aces in a sweep at Lindenwood (4/3) ... an Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete selection.
2014 (Freshman Season): Played in all 27 matches, making 21 starts ... led the team with 22 service aces and ranked 17th in the MIVA with .22 aces per set ... totaled 196 kills (2.00/set), 136 digs (1.39/set) and 30 blocks (.31/set) ... recorded a double-double at Long Beach State (3/14) with 11 kills and 11 digs ... reached double digits in kills nine times and in digs twice ... accounted for 10 or more points in 13 of 14 matches from Feb. 5-Mar. 28 with 9.5 points in the other contest ... a MIVA Academic All-Conference and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree.
Prior to Ohio State: Two-year starter for coach Mark Brubaker at La Costa Canyon High School ... two-time All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) first team selection ... guided team to the 2013 CIF title ... squad finished second in the state in 2013 ... team's Most Valuable Player honoree ... first team Union Tribune and All-San Diego ... also played for the Coast Volleyball Club coached by Ted Summer-Torres and Travis Lee ... earned the bronze medal at the 2013 Junior Nationals.
Personal: Son of Chad Johnson and Lisa Zeno ... has two sisters, Hannah and Stella ... majoring in environment, economy, development and sustainability.
Tourney Time Thursday