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Jan. 14, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State University men’s volleyball team plays host to No. 16 George Mason University and Erskine College this weekend. The Buckeyes get started Friday night with the GMU Patriots followed by a Saturday night duel against the Flying Fleet of Erskine. Both non-conference tilts are slated for 7 p.m. first serves inside St. John Arena.

WEEKEND BASICS
Friday, January 15 — 7 p.m. ET — Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
#7 Ohio State (2-2) vs. #16 George Mason (0-3)
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Saturday, January 16– 7 p.m. ET — Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)
#7 Ohio State vs. Erskine (0-0)
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A BUSY WEEK IT WAS
Ohio State notched a pair of road victories last week during a three-matches-in-four-days stretch. The Buckeyes opened their east coast swing by blowing past Princeton in three sets lasting just 72 minutes. Next up was the Big Ten- Pac-12 Challenge in Happy Valley. Ohio State rebounded from a four-set loss to UCLA by destroying USC — outscoring the Trojans by a combined 29 points on the night.

SZERSZEN – MIVA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nicolas Szerszen produced nearly five and a half points per set last week for the Buckeyes and was tabbed as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday (Jan. 12) for his superb efforts. In just the second week of his sophomore campaign, Szerszen picks up his third career MIVA weekly honor – doing so twice as a freshman.

VIDEO: MOMENTS WITH MITCH – JANUARY 13

VIDEO: Moments with Mitch – Jan. 13, 2016 – with Christy Blough and Josh Tublin #GoBucks https://t.co/3EIA7pe6mk

— OSU Men’s Volleyball (@OhioState_MVB) January 13, 2016

MIVA PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS
Ohio State was picked to place second in the MIVA Coaches Poll, receiving three of the conference’s nine first-place votes and sliding in one point shy of preseason favorite Loyola. The MIVA head coaches also selected Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen as members of the Preseason All-MIVA Team.

Pete Hanson INDUCTED INTO AVCA HALL OF FAME
Pete Hanson was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame on Dec. 17 at the national convention in Omaha, Neb. He becomes one of just 70 members all-time to become enshrined in the AVCA Hall of Fame which recognizes `individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and the sport.’

SEE YA NEXT WEEK
Ohio State’s four-match homestand continues next week as the Buckeyes play host to Coker College and Pfeiffer University on Friday (Jan. 22) and Saturday (Jan. 23), respectively. Both non-conference tilts are booked for 7 p.m. first serves inside St. John Arena.