Meet #14 Anna Szerszen

Outside Hitter, 6-3, 5th-Year Senior from Conflans Ste Hne, France

Career Ranks 17th in kills per game at 2.91 … 20th in points per set at 3.39.

2009 (Senior Season-Junior Eligibility) Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … Academic All-Big Ten … recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award … honored by the Fisher College of Business with the Pace Setters’ Jack W. Stephenson Award, presented each year to students with outstanding scholastic leadership and athletic accomplishments … started in five matches, playing in 35 … season-high 15 kills against Indiana … tied her career-high of three ace serves against Bowling Green … career-high seven (1-6) total blocks at Wisconsin … equaled her career-high of six assist blocks at Wisconsin … double-figure kills in three matches.

2008 (Junior Season) Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … Academic All-Big Ten … started nine matches of the first 18 … missed the final 14 matches … season-high 18 kills at Michigan State … double-figure kills in seven matches … season-high eight digs at Southern California … career-high three solo blocks against Michigan … career-high six assist block against Duquesne … season-high 19.5 points at Michigan State and against Purdue.

2007 (Sophomore Season) Academic All-Big Ten … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … played in 16 matches with 11 starts … hit a career-high .553 at Michigan State (8-0-15) … season-high 15 kills against Iowa and Purdue … career-high three aces against Maine and Iowa … season-high 10 digs against Minnesota … season-high four assist blocks against Purdue … season-high four total blocks against Purdue (0-4) and Northwestern (1-3) … returned to campus from the French National Team in time to see action at the Active Ankle Challenge.

2007 (Summer) Played with the French Senior National Team.

2006 (Freshman Season) Started 25 matches … named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team … Ohio State Scholar-Athlete … career-high 27 kills against Michigan … double-figure kills in 24 matches … four 20-plus kill matches including 25 at Iowa, 23 at Purdue and 20 against Minnesota … season-high .440 (12-1-25) hitting percentage against IPFW … career-high 17 digs at Northwestern … four double-figure dig matches … career-high 29.5 points against Michigan … named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week for her play against Michigan State and Michigan in home matches … missed the first eight matches of the season, arriving at Ohio State Sept. 8 after playing for France in the European Junior National Championships.

2006 (Summer) Participated in international tournaments, preparing for the European Championships (juniors) in France in late August.

French National Team Selected to the National Team in 2003 … Summer of 2004, played in 8 Nations Tournament in Italy … December 2004, named the ‘best play’ of the International Tournament in Spain … January of 2005 played in qualification tournament for the European Championship … Summer of 2005 played in international tournaments in Poland, Holland, Belgium (8 Nations Tournament) and in Italy (European Youth Olympic Festival)

High School Attended Lycée International High School … speaks Polish, French, English and a little German … received high honors.

Club Team Played for IFVB in Toulouse … coached by Marie Tari … CAJVB team finished second at the French Cup (age 13-14) in 2002 and 2003 (age 15-16) … named ‘best hope’ (best player) of France in 2003 … finished 1st at French Cup in 2004 (age 17-18), named to the dream team as the best middle blocker.

 Personal Full name is Anna Dominika Szerszen … nickname is Szerszen … daughter of Jacek and Magdalena Szerszen … father is her personal coach … he played professionally and won two National Championships of Poland … has one brother, Nicolas who is only 12 and has already won three French Cups … enjoys music, dancing, spending time with friends and food shopping … experienced gymnastics (1 year), track (2 years) and basketball (2 years) before beginning volleyball at age 11 … career objective is to reach the best level of play that I can and to play for my National Team … chose Ohio State because “I believe it is a great opportunity for me in many areas – to improve my volleyball, to study at a high level starting my first year of 3-2 MBA in grad school and to discover another culture and to have many great experiences which will allow me to lead a good and happy life and reach both my volleyball and career goals.”

Favorite candy: Kinder Bueno and Mars bar (its French)

Favorite scent: Hugo Boss, the green one

Superhero quality you would want: Teleportation

Why did you start playing volleyball?: It’s a family thing, my destiny I guess.

Quote that describes you. Or a favorite quote…: “some people dream of worthy accomplishments while others stay awake and do them.”

Chocolate or vanilla?: Chocolate, what a question !

Where do you want to be in 10 years?: On my honeymoon

A place you’ve always wanted to visit: Dominican Republic

Lucky number: #14, of course

All time favorite movie: Cruel Intentions

Most prized possession: My gold and diamond rings, a gift from my mom


The Buckeyes will open the 2010 season by hosting Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27 in the Sports Imports Classic. Play continues Saturday with OSU hosting Western Michigan at 11 a.m. and Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.