COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s recently signed class for the 2023 season is rated No. 4 nationally by VolleyballMag.com following a vote by Division I-II coaches.
Dan Hurley, Jack O’Riodan, Shane Wetzel and Niko Williams all signed national letters of intent to become Buckeyes in November.
Ohio State’s haul is ranked highest among Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association competitors as well. The 2023 Lewis University class is tied for No. 6.
The rankings include incoming freshmen, transfers and international additions.
For the complete rankings, click HERE.
Dan Hurley (6-8, 215) joins the Buckeyes as an outside/opposite hitter. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native, attends Frank W. Cox High School, where he has started and lettered each of the last four years. He is was the district player of the year as a junior and is a two-time first team all-regional selection. His team has been regional champions three times to date with the 2021 season still underway.
Hurley played club volleyball for the Coastal Virginia VC (2017-present) where he has been a five-year starter.
Jack O’Riordan (6-8, 185) joins the Buckeyes as an outside hitter from Barrington (Illinois) High School. A Mid-Suburban Conference First Team selection in 2021, O’Riordan also is a member of the National Honor Society. He has played for both the Pipeline and Adversity volleyball clubs. Most recently he was on the roster with the USA NTDP U18/U19 Training Series.
Shane Wetzel attends Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida. A four-year letter winner at opposite hitter, Wetzel (6-7, 200) was a first-team All-Seminole Athletics Conference selection as a junior.
A six-year member of the Winter Park Volleyball Club 18 Armour, Wetzel was the team MVP in 2021.
Niko Williams is a 6-6, 185-pound setter from Poway (Calif.) High School. As a junior he averaged 9.3 assists a set with a season total of 736. For his career to date, he has played in 96 sets with a total of 778 assists for an average of 8.1 assists per set. He also averages 5.7 digs per match with a career total of 198.
Also as a junior, Poway High School won the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division Championship and the Palomar League title with Williams earning All-CIF First Team, Frist Team All-Palomar League and CIF Player of the Year honors. He also was co-team MVP and a co-captain.
As a member of the Coast Club Volleyball team (2019-22), Williams led the team to a 53-3 record and was a three-time captain.
The 2022 season officially gets underway Friday vs. Charleston (7 p.m.) at the Covelli Center in Columbus. For the complete 2022 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball Schedule, click HERE.