COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team has signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2008-09 season, head coach Pete Hanson announced. Mikelis Berzins, a native of Brinklow, Md., and Shawn Sangrey from Columbia, Pa., are the two future Buckeyes who have committed during the early signing period.
Berzins, a 6-2 outside hitter/libero, is the son of former Ohio State All-American and United States Olympic Gold Medalist Aldis Berzins. Mik attends Sherwood High School where he is a soccer and volleyball standout. He is also a member of the Maryland Volleyball Program club. Mik was a participant at the 2007 USA Youth A2 Training Camp and teamed with Sangrey to lead his team at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championship to the gold medal. Like his father, Mik has excellent ball handling skills and should have an immediate impact when he arrives.
Sangrey, a 6-5 opposite, helped Hempfield High School to back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 07. He was the MVP of the 2007 state championship and was all-state selection in 2006 and 07. Sangrey also competes for the Damon’s Volleyball Club and was a participant at the 2007 USA Youth A2 Training Camp. Sangrey teamed with Mik Berzins to help lead his team to the gold medal in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championship. Sangrey has the size, athleticism, and skill sets the Buckeyes were looking for at the opposite position.
Ohio State is coming off a 23-4 season and was the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season champion. The Buckeyes finished ninth in the final USA Today/AVCA poll. Ohio State begins the 2008 season by hosting IFPW at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.