April 9, 2021

Siapanis Named MIVA Newcomer of the Year; All-MIVA Honors Announced



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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) announced its postseason honors for the 2021 season on Friday. Rookie Sotiris Siapanis was selected as the MIVA Newcomer of the Year and received All-MIVA First Team distinction while senior Martin Lallemand garnered second team recognition.

Siapanis is the fifth Buckeye to be tabbed as the league’s top newcomer and first since Nicolas Szerszen in 2015. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter led all freshman and ranked second in the MIVA with a .363 hitting percentage. He averaged 3.93 kills per set to check in at No. 10 nationally. Siapanis has registered double figures in kills in all 12 of the matches he has played in, including a career-high 23 against Purdue Fort Wayne, and has hit above .300 on 10 occasions.

Lallemand picked up All-MIVA laurels for a second time in his career after being a first team selection in 2020. He put away 3.33 kills per set, the second-best total for the Buckeyes, and earned a .295 hitting clip. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter has tallied 19 service aces and his .35 aces per set was fourth in the conference standings.

MIVA Player of the Year: Ryan Coenen, Lewis
MIVA Newcomer of the Year: Sotiris Siapanis, Ohio State
MIVA Coach of the Year: Nickie Sanlin, McKendree

All-MIVA First Team (listed alphabetically by school)
Quinn Isaacson, Ball State, Setter, Sr.
Kaleb Jenness, Ball State, Outside Hitter, Jr.
Ryan Coenen, Lewis, Outside Hitter, Sr.
Kevin Kauling, Lewis, Setter, So.
Tyler Mitchem, Lewis, Middle Blocker, R-Sr.
Luke Denton, Loyola Chicago, Opposite, Fr.
Cole Schlothauer, Loyola Chicago, Outside Hitter, R-So.
Garrett Zolg, Loyola Chicago, Setter, Sr.
Ryan Serrano, McKendree, Setter, R-Jr.
Sotiris Siapanis, Ohio State, Outside Hitter, Fr.
Troy Gooch, Purdue Fort Wayne, Libero, Jr.
Pelegrin Vargas, Purdue Fort Wayne, Outside Hitter, Gr.

All-MIVA Second Team (listed alphabetically by school)
Felix Egharevba, Ball State, Middle Blocker, Jr.
Blake Reardon, Ball State, Outside Hitter, Gr.
Kyle Bugee, Lewis, Outside Hitter, Sr.
TJ Murray, Lewis, Middle Blocker, R-Sr.
AJ Lewis, Lindenwood, Outside Hitter, So.
Diego Negron, Lindenwood, Outside Hitter, R-Jr.
Lucas Galifos, McKendree, Middle Blocker, Gr.
Patrick Ross, McKendree, Outside Hitter, Sr.
Zach Schnittker, McKendree, Opposite, Gr.
Martin Lallemand, Ohio State, Outside Hitter, Sr.
Vicente Ibarra, Purdue Fort Wayne, Outside Hitter, Fr.
Noam Hannoun, Quincy, Libero, Jr.