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Feb. 23, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nicolas Szerszen continued his domination of Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s Offensive Player of the Week standing, picking up his fourth such recognition through the first two months of the 2016 season. Add in Miles Johnson’s selection for the same award last week, and Ohio State owns 62.5 percent of the MIVA Offensive Player of the Week accolades this season (five of eight).

Szerszen, a sophomore, is already a six-time recipient of MIVA weekly awards in his career – doing so twice as a freshman as well.

SZERSZEN’s MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HISTORY
Offensive – February 23, 2016; February 2, 2016; January 19, 2016; January 12, 2016; March 10, 2015
Defensive – February 17, 2015

This past week, Szerszen pushed the Buckeyes to a pair of conference triumphs over Grand Canyon University. He was responsible for 43 points, providing one-third of the team’s total point production. Szerszen racked up 35 kills, five service aces and four blocks (two solo) while attacking .627 in seven sets played.

It’s no wonder Szerszen has accounted for half of the league’s 2016 offensive awards thus far as he ranks in the top-5 nationally for kills, points and attacking efficiency. His .44 aces/set rate is also slotted inside the MIVA top-5.

The NCAA’s most efficient offense takes the court again on Friday (Feb. 26), playing host to Pfeiffer University at 7 p.m. ET. Ohio State is hitting .367 in NCAA matches to lead the country and ranks second nationally with 1.98 aces per set.