June 5, 2017

Volleyball Magazine Tabs Szerszen as Player of the Year


June 5, 2017


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five members of the 2017 national champion men’s volleyball team were awarded All-America recognition from Volleyball Magazine, including the digital publication’s National Player of the Week Nicolas Szerszen. Joining Szerszen on the First Team were Christy Blough and Miles Johnson while Gabriel Domecus and Driss Guessous received honorable mention.

Szerszen earned National Player of the Year distinction by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2016. The AVCA, which hands out its postseason awards prior to the NCAA Tournament, tabbed these same five Buckeyes as ’17 All-America worthy as well. Johnson and Szerszen were AVCA First Teamers with Blough settling in on the Second Team and honorable mention for Domecus and Guessous.

Player of the Year: Nicolas Szerszen (Ohio State)
Coach of the Year: Alan Knipe (Long Beach State)
Freshman of the Year: Scott Stadick (UC Irvine)

First Team
Christy Blough | Ohio State
TJ DeFalco | Long Beach State
Jennings Franciskovi | Hawaii
Tamir Hershko | UC Irvine
Jake Langlois | BYU
Jeff Jendryk | Loyola-Chicago
Miles Johnson | Ohio State
Brenden Sander | BYU
Andrew Sato | Long Beach State
Nicolas Szerszen | Ohio State
Josh Tuaniga | Long Beach State
Stijn van Tilburg | Hawaii

Second Team
Jake Arnitz | UCLA
Ryan Coenen | Lewis
Kyle Ensing | Long Beach State
Jabarry Goodridge | NJIT
Price Jarman | BYU
Amir Lugo-Rodriguez | Long Beach State
Michael Saeta | UC Irvine
Scott Stadick | UC Irvine
Mitch Stahl | UCLA
Chris Nugent | Penn State
Larry Tuileta | Hawaii
Lucas Yoder | USC

Honorable Mention
Josh Ayzenberg | Sacred Heart
Andy Benesh | USC
Christopher DeLucie | Sacred Heart
Gabriel Domecus | Ohio State
Daniel Ford | Saint Francis (Pa.)
Arvis Greene | Northridge
Driss Guessous | Ohio State
Jeff Hogan | Saint Francis (Pa.)
George Huhmann | Princeton
Thomas Hodges | UC Irvine
Calvin Mende | Penn State
Hendrik Mol | Hawaii
Junior Oboh | Princeton
Mitch Perinar | Lewis
Kevin Rakestraw | Stanford
Michael Simmons | Lewis
Jeff Sprayberry | King University
Tanner Syftestad | UC San Diego
Matt Szews | Ball State
Matt Walsh | Ball State
Jack Wilson | George Mason
David Wieczorek | Pepperdine
Matt Yoshimoto | Lewis
Bryce Yould | Long Beach State