December 2, 2019

Seven Selected for All-Decade Starting Lineup

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2010’s treated Ohio State men’s volleyball quite nicely, delivering three NCAA titles to Columbus. Off the Block, a website dedicated solely to coverage of collegiate men’s volleyball, has dove deep into the decade’s statistics/honors/performances and is choosing ‘All-Decade Starting Lineups’ for every Division I-II men’s volleyball program.

In addition to a setter, opposite, two outside hitters, two middle blockers and a libero, three more have been selected as bench players to complete each 10-man roster.

Off the Block release

OHIO STATE ALL-DECADE TEAM (according to Off the Block)
Starting Lineup
Christy Blough, setter (2014-17)
Gabriel Domecus, libero (2014-17)
Driss Guessous, middle blocker (2014-17)
Michael Henchy, outside hitter (2012-15)
Blake Leeson, middle blocker (2016-19)
Shawn Sangrey, opposite (2009-12)
Nicolas Szerszen, outside hitter (2015-18)

Bench Players
Maxime Hervoir, outside hitter (2017-18)
Miles Johnson, opposite (2014-17)
Steven Kehoe, setter (2008-11)

These Buckeyes are also now in consideration to make the MIVA and NCAA All-Decade Teams to be announced later this month by Off the Block.

More from Off the Block below:

Christy Blough (2014-17)
Awards and honors this decade: 2015 All-MIVA Second Team, 2016 All-MIVA First Team, 2016 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2016 All-American Second Team, 2017 All-MIVA First Team, 2017 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2017 Big Ten Medal of Honor Winner, 2017 Elite 90 Winner, 2017 All-American Second Team, 2017 All-NCAA Tournament Team

Blough quarterbacked the Buckeyes to back-to-back national titles in 2016 and 2017. His 4,280 career assists ranks No. 5 in program history, while his 10.86 assists per game ranks No. 8. The current medical school student and former Ohio State men’s volleyball volunteer coach ranked in the top five nationally in assists per game in his final three seasons, topping out at No. 2 in 2016 with 11.21 assists per game.  The Buckeyes ranked No. 2 nationally with a .350 attack percentage and .365 attack percentage in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Shawn Sangrey (2009-12)
Awards and honors this decade: 2010 All-MIVA First Team, 2010 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2010 All-American Honorable Mention, 2011 All-MIVA First Team, 2011 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2011 All-NCAA Tournament Team, 2012 All-MIVA First Team, 2012 MIVA Player of the Year, 2012 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2012 All-American First Team

Sangrey’s 548 kills in 2012 ranks as third-best in program history for kills in a single season, while his 5.03 kills per set that season ranks as eighth-best. That 5.03 kills per game also was tops in the nation that year, while his .277 attack percentage also led the team. His 1,441 career kills and 4.14 kills per game average both rank No. 4 in program history. His 103 career aces and 0.30 aces per game both rank No 7 in program history.

Nicolas Szerszen (2015-18)
Awards and honors: 2015 MIVA Freshman of the Year, 2015 All-MIVA First Team, 2015 All-American Honorable Mention, 2016 MIVA Player of the Year, 2016 All-MIVA First Team, 2016 All-MIVA Tournament, 2016 MIVA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2016 All-American First Team, 2016 National Player of the Year, 2016 All-NCAA Tournament, 2017 All-MIVA First Team, 2017 MIVA Player of the Year, 2017 All-MIVA Tournament, 2017 All-American First Team, 2017 All-NCAA Tournament, 2017 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2018 All-MIVA First Team, 2018 MIVA Player of the Year, 2018 All-MIVA Tournament, 2018 MIVA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2018 All-American First Team, 2018 All-NCAA Tournament

Where do you start with a player who is likely to receive serious consideration for Player of the Decade? He never ranked outside of the top four nationally in terms of aces per game during his final three seasons as a Buckeye. In fact, he has the top three marks for most aces and most aces per game in a single season in program history. He never ranked outside of the top-twelve nationally in terms of attack percentage and kills per game during his final three seasons. He twice had six aces in a single match, which ties for fifth best in program history for most aces in a single match. His 513 kills in Player of the Year season ranks No. 4 in program history for most kills in a single season. His 783 career digs ranks No. 3 in program history while his .373 career attack percentage ranks No. 11. If all of this isn’t enough to convince you that Szerszen is the best men’s volleyball player in program history, maybe the fact his 1,678 kills ranks as best, regardless of era. On top of that, his 238 career aces is 78 more than the player with the second most in program history.

Michael Henchy (2012-15)
Awards and honors: 2012 All-MIVA Tournament Team, 2013 All-MIVA First Team, 2015 All-MIVA First Team, 2015 All-American Honorable Mention

Henchy’s .352 attack percentage ranked No. 9 in the nation in 2013, helping the Buckeyes ro rank No. 8 in the nation with a .291 team attack percentage. Henchy’s 40 aces in 2015 still ranks as tied for No. 13 in program history for most aces in a single season, while his .37 aces per game in 2015 ties for 16th best in program history. His 1,001 career kills ranks No. 16 in program history, while his 88 career aces ranks No. 9 in program history.

Blake Leeson (2016-19)
Awards and honors: 2016 All-MIVA Honorable Mention, 2016 NCAA All-Tournament Team, 2017 NCAA All-Tournament Team, 2018 All-MIVA Second Team, 2019 All-MIVA First Team

The four-year starter started in an amazing 125 of 126 matches. He started the 2016 NCAA Tournament with seven blocks versus George Mason, and clinched the title for Buckeyes versus BYU with the final kill of the match. He led Buckeyes in blocks per game in each of his four seasons in Columbus. His .453 career attack percentage ranks No. 5 in program history, while his 62 solo blocks and 395 total blocks both ranks No. 7 in program history.

Driss Guessous (2014-17)
Awards and honors: 2014 MIVA Freshman of the Year, 2014 All-MIVA First Team, 2014 All-American Second Team, 2017 All-MIVA Second Team, 2017 All-American Honorable Mention, 2017 All-NCAA Tournament Team

As a freshman, he ranked No. 3 nationally with a .446 attack percentage, while his .473 attack percentage as a senior ranks No. 7 in program history. His 30 block solos in 2017 ranks No. 7 in program history. He finished his Buckeye career with 70 solo blocks (No. 4 in program history) and a .449 attack percentage (No. 5 in program history).

Gabriel Domecus (2014-17)
Awards and honors: 2016 All-MIVA Second Team, 2016 All-American Honorable Mention, 2016 All-MIVA Second Team, 2017 All-American Honorable Mention

His 21 digs in a 2015 match versus Lewis ranks in the top ten in program history for most digs in a single match. His 250 digs in 2016 ranks No. 4 in program history for most digs in a single season. His 839 career digs and his 1.93 digs per game rank No. 2 and No. 10 respectively in program history.