National Coach of the Year Pete Hanson Guides Bucks to 23rd Straight Win —
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (May 7, 2016) — The 2016 NCAA men’s volleyball national champion is The Ohio State University (31-3). The Buckeyes defeated top-seeded Brigham Young University (27-4) in a three-set sweep (32-30, 25-23, 25-17) to secure the program’s second national championship — five years to the date after capturing the 2011 title in the same facility (Rec Hall).
BUCKEYE BULLET POINT BONANZA
• Ohio State concludes the season 31-3 for the most wins since the ’78 Buckeyes went 32-3
• Ohio State wrapped up the season riding a 23-match winning streak
• Ohio State has not suffered a loss since Feb. 6, a span over three full months
• Ohio State won 69 of 85 sets during the victorious stretch
• The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has won three consecutive national championships and four of the last six (Ohio State 2011, 2016; Loyola 2014, 2015)
• Ohio State represented the National Champions, National Coach of the Year (Pete Hanson) and the National Player of the Year (Nicolas Szerszen) in 2016
• Ohio State assistant coach Kevin Burch has now been on the coaching staff of an NCAA national championship program for six consecutive seasons, beginning with the 2011 OSU Men’s Volleyball title in 2011 as the program volunteer assistant coach
• Ohio State fended off seven set-point chances for BYU in the opening set
• Miles Johnson was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Valuable Player
• Blake Leeson and Nicolas Szerszen joined Johnson on the All-NCAA Tournament Team
A complete match recap to come…
PETE HANSON NAMED NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Hanson earns fourth career national accolade
COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 3, 2016) — Pete Hanson will roam the sidelines of Tuesday’s (May 3) NCAA Tournament play-in match as the 2016 National Coach of the Year, released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Hanson has guided the Ohio State men’s volleyball squad to 20 consecutive victories, an overall record of 28-3 and the No. 3 seed for this week’s NCAA Tournament.
Hanson has now finished four career campaigns with National Player of the Year laurels in hand. He’s earned the AVCA recognition three times (2000, 2011, 2016) and twice from Volleyball Magazine (1998, 2011).
Four of Hanson’s charges picked up AVCA All-America love to open the week on Monday (May 2), the most in school history (First Team — Miles Johnson, Nicolas Szerszen; Second Team — Christy Blough; Honorable Mention — Gabriel Domecus).The 2016 AVCA National Player of the Week will be announced Wednesday (May 4) evening.