Feb. 2, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nicolas Szerszen 3, everyone else 2. That’s the 2016 tally for Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week awards following Szerszen’s third such recognition in five weeks of the season. The Buckeye outside hitter’s efforts this week not only earned him the conference laurel again, but also lifted Ohio State to an early edge in the league standings with a 2-0 weekend to start MIVA play.
Szerszen attacked at a .574 clip in a pair of road victories, racking up 30 kills in six sets played. He added in three service aces and a block assist, totaling 33.5 points (5.58/set). Friday’s sweep at Quincy came with 19 kills, a .500 hitting percentage and two aces. Szerszen took only 15 swings the following night at Lindenwood, but made the most of them with 11 terminations and no errors for a .733 attacking efficiency.
January was a month to remember for Szerszen, ending with his team running off six consecutive sweeps and individually ranked top-5 nationally in four different statistical categories*: 5.38 points/set (3rd), 4.64 kills/set (3rd), .438 hitting percentage (7th) and .56 aces/set (9th).
*NCAA matches only (does not include match vs. McMaster)
Szerszen has already gathered five MIVA weekly awards just one month into his second collegiate campaign — doing so twice as a freshman as well.
SZERSZEN’s MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HISTORY
Offensive — February 2, 2016; January 19, 2016; January 12, 2016; March 10, 2015
Defensive — February 17, 2015