A dozen Buckeyes earn MIVA academic award
Buckeyes close out season on 23-match winning streak
Buckeyes move on to fourth NCAA Final in school history
Buckeye sophomore voted nation’s best
Ohio State tops George Mason in four sets
2016 (Sophomore Season): AVCA National Player of the Year, first in program history ... MIVA Player of the Year and MIVA Tournament MVP ... also named to the AVCA All-America First Team, All-MIVA First Team, All-NCAA Tournament Team and All-MIVA Tournament Team ... set all-time Ohio State records with 63 total service aces and .42 aces per set average ... 516 kills and 614 points are also inside the all-time top-5 in school history ... ranked third nationally in 2016 with 5.13 points and .53 service aces per set in NCAA matches ... also slotted seventh with 4.31 kills/set and 12th with a .390 attacking efficiency in NCAA rankings ... named the AVCA National Player of the Week on March 15 after pushing OSU to road victories over UC Irvine and then-No. 1 Long Beach State (3/11-12), responsible for more than six points per set for the weekend ... dominated MIVA weekly awards, corralling six Offensive Player of the Week honors ... one of two Buckeyes to start all 34 matches and play in every set ... recorded 10 or more kills in all matches but two ... posted six double-doubles, including a 20-kill, 16-dig performance in the NCAA Tournament opening round vs. George Mason (5/3) ... clinched the NCAA Semifinals victory by delivering his fifth service ace of the evening on match-point against UCLA (5/5) ... tallied multiple aces in 20 contests ... accumulated season totals of 995 kills, 206 digs, 73 aces, 57 blocks (13s, 44a) and 21 assists while hitting at a .384 clip ... team-best .967 serve-receive percentage, committing just 22 errors on 673 attempts ... earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten, MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete distinction.
2015 (Freshman Season): AVCA All-America honorable mention recipient ... First Team All-MIVA and conference Freshman of the Year ... top vote-getter among eight players selected for the Off The Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshman All-America team ... ranked fifth in the MIVA and 16th nationally averaging .39 aces/set ... also ranked in the MIVA top-10 for points (3.77/set; 7th), attacking efficiency (.307; 8th) and kills (3.10; t-8th) ... the .39 aces/set rate and 40 total aces both tied for sixth all-time at OSU for a single season ... started all 30 matches played, producing double-digit points in 23 contests and 20 or more points four times ... earned Off The Block National Freshman of the Week and MIVA Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 2.43 digs and .71 blocks per set in triumphs over Penn State (2/11) and Saint Francis (2/15) ... received MIVA Offensive Player of the Week accolades (3/10) following a 24-point performance against George Mason ... tallied three double-doubles -- vs. Penn State (2/11; 16 kills, 11 digs), at IPFW (2/20; 10 kills, 13 digs) and at George Mason (3/7; 18 kills, 10 digs) ... bounced 16 kills with a lone error on 20 attack attempts (.750) with four aces against Limestone ... rifled at least one ace in 21 matches and registered multiple-aces 11 times ... MIVA Academic All-Conference and OSU Scholar-Athlete choice.
Prior to Ohio State: Member of the French National Team pipeline, highlighted by playing on the U-19 World Championship team in the summer of 2013 ... competed for the U-21 squad in Spring 2014.
Personal: Son of Jacek and Magdalena Szerszen ... older sister, Anna, played volleyball at Ohio State (2006-10) and still ranks in the top-20 all-time for career kills and career points ... father, Jacek, played in the top professional league in Poland ... a pre-engineering major.
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