COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jake Hanes has seized the opportunity to train with the U.S. Men’s National Team in the trek for Tokyo ’20, and will forego his fourth year of collegiate eligibility. He intends to complete his economics degree as early as possible during the Spring semester and head out to Anaheim, Calif., to don the Stars & Stripes.
“We’re excited for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that are in front of Jake and we look forward to helping him prepare throughout the Spring while he completes his degree,” Kevin Burch, head coach, said.
Hanes, a 6-foot-10 opposite hitter, had earned 2020 preseason honors in the form of All-MIVA and ‘Off the Block’ All-America Second Team after capturing AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and first team all-league accolades in 2019. Hanes also corralled MIVA Academic All-Conference recognition in 2017 and 2018.
The Orland Park, Ill., native ends his Buckeye career with 740 kills, 83 aces and 94 blocks (nine solo) for a total of 875 points. His 3.96 kills/set (7th), .44 aces/set (3rd) and 4.68 points/set (8th) all rank top-10 in school history.
Ohio State is north of the border this weekend (Dec. 28-31) in for Toronto, Ontario, to compete in the Can Am Volleyball Holiday Showcase. A dozen world-class matches are on the docket for the final preseason preparations, including three Canadian foes for the Buckeyes.