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Aaron Samarin

Libero

Player profile

  • Height 6-0
  • Hometown Clovis, Calif.
  • High School Buchanan
  • Year r-Senior

CAREER HONORS
• Ended playing career ranked 18th in school history with a 1.61 digs per set career average
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner (2018)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
• MIVA Academic All-Conference (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

YEAR-BY-YEAR
2019 (Redshirt Senior)
• Paced the team with 176 digs and a 1.64 digs per set season average
• Played in all 29 matches
• Set up 46 assists
• Handled a team-high 630 service-receptions
• Posted a half dozen games with 10 or more digs, including a season-best 17 vs. Ball State (4/6)

2018 (Redshirt Junior)
• ‘Starting’ libero for all 31 matches
• Racked up 224 digs, tied for 11th most in school history for a single season
• Averaged 1.93 digs per set
• MIVA Defensive Player of the Week (3/6) with 22 digs in seven sets played at McKendree
• Produced 10 or more digs in six matches
• Did not commit a single serve-receive error in the NCAA Tournament, handling a total of 60 passes
• Chipped in five assists in NCAA Quarterfinals win over UC Irvine (5/1)
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner

2017 (Redshirt)
• Utilized a redshirt season following offseason shoulder surgery

2016 (Sophomore)
• Played in 17 matches, serving 29 times in 24 sets
• Recorded a pair of digs against Coker (1/22)
• Dropped in an ace vs. Pfeiffer (2/ 26)
• Committed just two service errors all season

2015 (Freshman)
• Played in nine matches, making six ‘starts’ donning the libero jersey
• Averaged 1.56 digs per set with 39 total digs in 25 sets
• Dug a dozen balls in a four-set victory over Pfeiffer (1/25)
• Successfully handled 15 errorless service receptions against McKendree (1/3)
• Posted seven digs in back-to-back matches versus Limestone (1/16) and George Mason (1/23)

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Named a High School All-American by both Volleyball Magazine and the American Volleyball Coaches Association
• Listed in the Volleyball Magazine 2014 Boys’ Fab 50
• Four-time all-conference and all-valley selection, leading Buchanan High School in digs four seasons straight
• Guided the Bears to a state championship as a freshman
• Excelled in the pool, too, as an all-conference water polo player and competing in the 100-meter breast stroke for the swimming squad
• Named the Senior Athlete of the Year for Buchanan High
• Also played for the Clovis Volleyball Club and the Central Cal Club

PERSONAL
• Son of Tim and Vicki Samarin
• Has an older brother, Daniel
• Mother, Vicki, played volleyball at Liberty University
• Father, Tim, played quarterback at Fresno City College
• Uncle, Mark Stanley, played football at Liberty
• Sport industry major