COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State middle hitter Ted Schoenfeldt and libero Mik Berzins have been honored for their play last week in the MIVA Tournament. Schoenfeldt has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Div. I-II National Player of the Week and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week. Schoenfeldt recorded a career-high 12 blocks (1-11) in the 3-2 come-from-behind win over 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago to win the MIVA Tournament and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals. He added nine kills, hit .412 and had one ace serve and four digs. Trailing 2-1, Schoenfeldt contributed four assist blocks in game four to help tie the match at two games each. In the deciding fifth game he recorded four kills and four assist blocks. OSU’s final three points of the game came from Schoenfeldt kills to secure the victory. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship match and named to the all-tournament team. In the MIVA Tournament semifinals against 13th-ranked (tie) Ball State, Schoenfeldt had eight kills while hitting .538. He added one dig and two assist blocks. This marks the second time that Schoenfeldt has won the national honor, winning his first in 2009.
Berzins has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week. Berzins averaged 2.33 digs per game and had a .985 serve reception percentage in the wins over 13th-ranked (tie) Ball State and 15th-ranked Loyola-Chicago to help Ohio State win the MIVA Tournament and advance to the NCAA Championship semifinals. Berzins had eight digs and one assist against Ball State and handled 29 serve receptions without an error. In the championship match against Loyola-Chicago, he recorded a match-high 13 digs, two assists and had a .974 serve reception percentage handling 37 of 38 receptions. This is the third time Berzins has been honored this season as the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week.
Fourth seed Ohio State (22-7) will face host and top-seed Stanford (22-6) Thursday night at 11 p.m. ET in the second semifinal of the NCAA Championship in Maples Pavilion at Stanford.
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