April 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shawn Sangrey, a senior on the men’s volleyball team, was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America First Team Thursday. The national recognition is the second of Sangrey’s career as he was named to the second team in 2010.
The honor is the 35th in the program’s history and the second straight season a Buckeye has been placed on the first team. Former Buckeye Steven Kehoe earned a spot on the AVCA All-America First Team last season.
Sangrey has had an outstanding final season with the Buckeyes. The Columbia, Pa., product ranks first in the nation with a 4.97 kills-per-set average and has 517 kills on the season. He has put together three 30-kill performances this year, including a career-high 33 kills in a 3-2 win at Saint Francis in March.
The opposite also ranks among the nation’s best in a handful of other categories. Sangrey is among the top 50 in digs (1.88), service aces (0.28) and attack percentage (.281). His 5.60 points-per-set average is one of the best in the country.
For his efforts this season, Sangrey was named the 2012 MIVA Player of the Year. He was a five-time MIVA Offensive player of the Week and the March 6 Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week.
Sangrey and the Buckeyes return to the court Saturday and face Lewis in the MIVA Tournament Championship. Match time is set for 7 p.m. ET in St. John Arena. Ohio State enters the match as the No. 1 seed, while Lewis is the No. 2 seed. The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships, May 3-5.