#20

Austin Gerwig

Middle Blocker

Player profile

  • Hometown Doylestown, Ohio
  • High School Archbishop Hoban
  • Height 6-6
  • Year Senior
  • Previous College Purdue Fort Wayne

CAREER HONORS
• Academic All-Big Ten (2020)
• MIVA Academic All-Conference (2018, 2019, 2020)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020)

YEAR-BY-YEAR
2020 (Junior)
• Played in 16 matches and started a dozen
• Hot stream cut short by COVID-19 having recorded no less than four kills in seven straight matches
• Attacked .443 (42-7-79) during the seven-match stretch to conclude the season
• Bounced a total 14 of 22 error-free attempts in back-to-back matches versus McKendree (2/15) and at Loyola Chicago (2/21)
• Posted season-best defensive numbers on the road against his former squad, Purdue Fort Wayne (2/22), with five blocks and five digs
• Accumulated season totals of 48 kills, a .356 hitting percentage, 29 blocks (four solo), 21 digs and nine aces

2019 (Sophomore)
• Played in 18 matches, making 13 starts
• Produced 45 kills, 27 blocks, eight digs and a pair of aces
• Responsible for the finishing touches against his old team, putting up a block and subsequent kill to clinch a 15-9 fifth-set win over No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne (4/4)
• Killed at least one ball in every match played sans a one-set stint versus Erskine
• Huntington Bucks Go Pro2.0 intern at Mount Carmel Health System

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Saw action in 22 matches, starting four, as a freshman outside hitter on the Purdue Fort Wayne squad
• Registered 47 kills, 31 digs, eight blocks and six aces in lone season as a Mastodon
• Ohio Player of the Year and North Region Player of the Year (2017)
• All-Ohio First Team (2017);  Second Team (2016)
• Team captain (2016, 2017)
• First Team All-North Region (2016, 2017)
• Played on USA Volleyball High Performance A1 program (2016)
• Spent two seasons competing for the Vanguard Volleyball Club (2016, 2017), taking third place in the Boys Junior National Championships Club Open

PERSONAL
• Son of David and Cheryl Gerwig
• Has a brother, Tyler, who played football at the College of Wooster (2011-15)
• Cousin, Mike Rucinski, played hockey for the Carolina Hurricanes (1997-2001)
• Biology major
• National Honors Society