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The Ohio State University Men’s Volleyball team has completed the 2017 season with its 2nd national championship in 2 years. Re-Peat!
The Buckeyes have become the third team in the NCAA Men’s Volleyball to repeat since 2013: The Buckeyes have won it now back-to-back in 2016 & 2017. Loyola of Chicago did it in 2015 & 2014. And UC Irvine started the trend in 2013 & 2012.
In Columbus on Saturday the 6th of May the Buckeyes capped off where they started as the 2017 season began back in January and that was atop the heap of collegiate men’s volleyball as the preseason No. 1 team, finishing up as winners in the national championship match in front of a home crowd of 8,205 in attendance. The Ohio State University defeated BYU in straight sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) for the second straight season, capturing the third Buckeye national title since 2011.
Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes to its second straight NCAA volleyball championship, hitting .480, while finalizing it with 16 kills and eight digs in the top-ranked Buckeyes’ victory.
As I have already mentioned Ohio State (32-2) also beat BYU (26-5) in the title match last year. The Buckeyes eliminated Hawaii in Thursday’s semifinals.
Maxime Hervoir added 10 kills, with two errors, on 17 swings (.471) and four total blocks, and Christy Blough had 35 assists for Ohio State.
The Cougars, who came in ranked fourth in the nation in hitting percentage at .323, hit just .243 and looked completely baffled at times, certainly out of sync from the start, to say it politely. BYU hit .043 with nine errors, including two in a row as Ohio State took a 3-0 lead, in the first set. Jake Langlois led BYU with eight kills, Brenden Sander added another seven, and Leo Durkin had 24 assists.
A kill by Langlois to open the third set gave BYU its first lead of the match and the Cougars didn’t trail again until back-to-back kills by Hervoir gave Ohio State the lead for good at 11-10.
It was indeed a proud moment for these young men, as well as all of Buckeye Nation. Hang that Buckeye flag up for all your neighbors to see. The Ohio State University reign in a west coast game.