March 6, 2019

Alumni Spotlight | Nicolas Szerszen (’18)


Nicolas Szerszen is arguably the greatest player in Ohio State Men’s Volleyball history and currently competes professionally in Poland. He left Columbus as the all-time leader in kills (1,678), aces (238), aces/set (.53) and total attempts (3,273). The 238 aces ranks third in NCAA history.

Szerszen was named the National Player of the Year by three different organizations in three different seasons:
2016 – American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year
2017 – Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year
2018 – Player of the Year

In addition to being pivotal in Ohio State’s capture of back-to-back national championships (2016, 17), Szerszen also dominated academically. The mechanical engineering graduate earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors twice and was a finalist for the B1G Medal of Honor.

Below is a first-hand update from the Buckeye legend:

What’s up Bucks!

I have been playing this year with the professional team Asseco Resovia based in Rzeszow Poland. We have had a lot of difficult times this year and a very rough start with a lot of losses. The highlight of the season was when we placed 4th in the World Club Championships. Right now we’re 10th in the “league”- Plus Liga and playing a little better with a chance to still be one of the top six teams at the end of regular season and make the playoffs.

I suffered an ankle sprain earlier this season followed by a significant ab tear, which has set me back a little more than I’d hoped. I have recovered after six weeks but since then been on and off the court sporadically due to recurrence in different spots on the same ab muscle. It has been pretty tough mentally but I try to keep my head up and move forward. This week I will undergo advanced medical examination to determine the source of this unusual recurrence.

I’ve been able to scrape a little playing time when I was relatively healthy. As Max [Hervoir] said, the pro league is very demanding and making a spot for yourself as a young player is a daily fight. Even though it’s been a tough start battling injuries, I do what I love and will work my way back in order to play for as long as I can. It is also a great opportunity to play alongside Olympians including Smith & Shoji from team USA. My fiancé, Ally, who was part of the Buckeye track team followed me here, and is a big help throughout this first year of professional volleyball. She found a teaching job in an English speaking school, and has settled in quickly! We both hope to come back pretty soon we miss our friends, campus, and Buckeye Nation a lot!

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