Ohio State Adds Three for 2014-15
Nov. 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Head coach Pete Hanson of the Ohio State men's volleyball team has announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2014-15 season. Aaron Samarin will come to Ohio State to start his collegiate career, while Peter Edwards and Marco Grasso will be continuing their collegiate careers as Buckeyes starting next year.
"Peter and Marco will bring a great amount of experience and enthusiasm to continue their collegiate volleyball careers and in the case of Aaron, he will begin his career," Hanson said. "I am very happy and excited that our program is in a position to help Peter and Marco continue their college education and be able to finish their collegiate volleyball careers."
Samarin, who hails from Clovis, Calif., is 6-0 libero who plays for Buchanan High School under John Jay. He is a three-time All-Conference and All-Valley honoree and was a member of the state championship team his freshman season. Samarin was a three-year member of the Clovis Volleyball Club (2010-2012) and is currently a member of the Central Cal Club. He has participated in four USA High Performance programs, including the 2012 and 2013 USA High Performance Youth A2 programs.
"Aaron is a great young man who we have watched very closely over the past two years," Hanson said. "As we followed his progress it became very apparent that he embraces and thrives in competitive situations and challenges. We feel these are great attributes that will only enhance our program at the libero position."
Edwards is a 6-3 outside hitter from Walnut Creek, Calif., who will join the Buckeyes after two years at Pacific. Edwards, currently in his sophomore season with the Tigers, was a three-time All-League selection for De La Salle high School. The three-time team most valuable player guided his squad to back-to-back appearances at the Northern California state finals his junior and senior year. As a senior, Edwards was named an AVCA Second Team All-American.
"Peter has and is becoming an integral part of the program at Pacific and we feel that he will seamlessly move into our program and provide us with immediate experience, maturity and depth," Hanson added.
Grasso will also come to Ohio State following two years with the Pacific Tigers. The 6-1 setter from São Paulo, Brazil, spent two years with the Minas Tenis Club squad (2007, 2008) where his team finished first at the 2007 state championship. As a two-year member of the Sport Club Pinheiros, Grasso guided the team to back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010.
"Marco is a young man who has grown up around the game of volleyball from a very young age," Hanson said. "He is just beginning to emerge as a premier collegiate setter and he will bring a great competitive desire and knowledge to our program."