Feb. 16, 2016

It was all smiles for Miles last week


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Miles Johnson started the week by gashing the Loyola Ramblers for 25.5 points on 21 kills, four service aces and a block assist as the Buckeyes went on the road and knocked off the two-time defending NCAA national champions in three sets. He then wrapped up the week by being named both the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and MIVA Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 16.

Johnson’s 21-kill effort in Chicago came on 29 attempts with just three errors; good for a .621 attacking efficiency. In addition to his offensive onslaught, Johnson added in a team-high 10 digs to record a double-double. The Carlsbad, Calif., native then followed up his herculean performance with another solid showing in Ohio State’s sweep over the reigning MIVA champion Lewis Flyers. Johnson bounced a dozen more kills and ripped two more service aces against Lewis.

For the week, Johnson attacked .446 while averaging 5.50 kills, 1.00 aces and 6.58 points per set.

Johnson becomes the 15th Buckeye in school history to be tabbed as the National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association; and first since Shawn Sangrey was recognized on the national stage on March 6, 2012.

Four of seven MIVA Offensive Player of the Week accolades during the 2016 season have come to Columbus after Nicolas Szerszen brought home three honors (Jan. 12, Jan. 18, Feb. 2).

Individually, Johnson ranks inside the MIVA top-10 for aces, kills, and points per set. His offensive averages for aces, kills, points and hitting percentage are all slotted inside the top-30 nationally. Team-wise, Ohio State paces the entire country with a .359 attacking* rate and its 1.98 aces/set* clip ranks second in the NCAA.
*includes NCAA matches only – McMaster match considered ‘non-countable’ by NCAA

The Buckeyes play host to Grand Canyon University on back-to-back nights (Feb. 19-20) inside St. John Arena. Both conference contests are slated for 7 p.m. starts.