Nicolas Szerszen is headed to the professional ranks after signing a three-year contract with Asseco Resovia, an elite volleyball club based in Rzeszow, Poland. He walked across the graduation stage with his mechanical engineering degree in-hand earlier this month and leaves Ohio State as the most decorated men's volleyball player in program history.
For the third consecutive season, Ohio State's Nicolas Szerszen has been bestowed an organization's National Player of the Year recognition. The run began in 2016 when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) named Szerszen as the NCAA's top player. The most recent award, presented by VolleyMob.com for 2018, followed Volleyball Magazine's 2017 accolade given to Szerszen.
For the second time in three days, Ohio State Men's Volleyball was embedded in a dogfight with 'win or go home' implications on the line. The second scuffle did not go in favor of the Buckeyes (25-6), however, as top-seeded Long Beach State (27-1) advanced to the NCAA Finals in four sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-27, 32-30).
Ohio State's pursuit of a national championship three-peat remains alive following a five-set (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 16-14) survival past UC Irvine (21-10) to reach the NCAA Semifinals. The Buckeyes (25-5) will face No. 1 seed Long Beach State (26-1) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Thursday (May 3) inside Pauley Pavilion.
The Ohio State University men's volleyball program is on the West Coast as one of six schools remaining in contention for the 2018 NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship contested in Los Angeles at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus (May 1-6). The Buckeyes (24-5) begin play in the Opening Round facing UC Irvine (21-9) Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The winner advances to take on the event's No. 1 seed Long Beach State (26-1) during Thursday's NCAA Semifinals.