COLUMBUS, Ohio – Miles Johnson has been named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday (Jan. 31) after averaging over five kills (5.11) and six points (6.22) per set during last week filled with three Buckeye victories, including two over nationally-ranked opponents. He was also recognized as the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week.
Johnson saved his best for last, hammering home 22 kills in a four-set victory over No. 4 Long Beach State which extended the OSU winning streak to 32 matches and tied the all-time school record (1969-70). The Ohio State opposite hitter recorded no less than a 6.1 points/set average in any of the three wins, further bolstered by a .78 aces/set clip. His ace versus LBSU was the 124th of his career, surpassing Steve Potter (1992-95) for the most career aces in the 50-year history of Ohio State Men’s Volleyball.
Johnson’s latest offensive outburst launched him to the top of the national rankings for points per set. He enters the week as the NCAA’s top point producer, contributing 5.33 points/set through the first nine matches of the season.
This marks the second AVCA National and MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honor for Johnson, also securing both accolades on Feb. 16, 2016. It is also the second time this season in which a Buckeye corralled both awards (Nicolas Szerszen – Jan. 10).