Nov. 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State men's volleyball head coach Pete Hansonannounced the signing of three to National Letters of Intent Monday. Christy Blough, Gabriel Domecus and Miles Johnson will join the Buckeyes for the 2014 season with great physical attributes and tremendous skill sets.
"We are very excited to add these fine young men to the Buckeye family," Hanson said. "They are magnificent players and will be excellent additions to our program."
Blough, who hails from Ontario, N.Y., is a 6-6 setter who plays for Pace Bootlegger Club and McQuaid Jesuit High School. He is coached by Cal Wickens and Brandon Waas. Blough was selected as the New York State MVP this month as he guided McQuaid Jesuit to its third-consecutive state championship. He was selected as team captain for the USA U-19 team that won a bronze medal in Mexico this summer and qualified for the 2013 Youth World Championship.
"Christy demonstrates the leadership and skill pairings that we would look for in an ideal prospect," Hanson said. "Couple that with his 6-6 frame, he has the potential to be another in the long history of All-American setters that have come through Ohio State."
Domecus, a Vallejo, Calif., product, is a 6-4 outside hitter/setter who plays for the St. Patrick/St. Vincent Bruins in Northern California and is coached by his mother Danette Domecus. He also plays for the Diablo Valley Volleyball Club. Domecus has led his high school squad to a 66-9 overall record in the previous two seasons. He was selected 2010 Bay Shore Athletic League (BSAL) first team all-league as well as 2011 BSAL first team all-league and BSAL Most Valuable Player.
"Gabriel is an intriguing player since he is a two-position athlete," Hanson said. "He has the ability to compete at outside hitter and also at the setter position. I'm looking forward to seeing him in the gym with the team."
Johnson, of Carlsbad, Calif., attends La Costa Canyon High School and plays for Coast Volleyball club coached by Mark Brubaker and Ted Summers-Torres. Johnson is one of the nation’s top prep volleyball players, as he was selected first team All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) in 2011. He guided is club team (formerly Shorebreak) to the prestigious Boys Classic Tournament title in 2011. As a junior, he was selected first team Union Tribune, All-San Diego and the team’s Most Valuable Player.
"Miles is a 6-6 outside hitter who is a multi-skilled player," Hanson said. "He can serve, pass, hit and block. This is a very rare quality in high school players and I believe Miles will make an immediate impact at Ohio State."