April 26, 2020

The 1977 Buckeyes – #5 Seed


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The 1977 Ohio State men’s volleyball team is among seven squads entered into the ‘Best of the Buckeyes’ bracket. Ohio State was crowned Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association champions and reached the NCAA finals that season.

With a 28-4 record (.875), the 1977 Buckeyes are seeded fifth and will take on the yet-to-be-announced No. 4 seed (named Monday, Apr. 27) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 5 (see bracket below).

Ohio State’s fifth MIVA title came in 1977 when the Buckeyes dropped one league match all season. Led by MIVA Player of the Year Aldis Berzins, his first of back-to-back such recognitions, Ohio State ended Pepperdine’s season in the NCAA Semifinals before taking a set from USC in the championship match. Mike Buckingham and Marc Waldie stood alongside Berzins on the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

Berzins would be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame 25 years later as an enshrinee in the Class of ’02.

First Team – Berzins, Waldie
Second Team – Shelton Collier

Player of the Year – Berzins
First Team – Berzins, Buckingham, Collier, Waldie

Suguru Furuichi – MIVA Coach of the Year

⬆️ ALDIS BERZINS – 1977 MIVA Player of the Year

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