The Buckeyes (No.1, 32-2) swept Brigham Young University – BYU (No.3, 26-5) in the rematch of the 2016 championship finals. And just like last year, Ohio St. did not drop a single set in the finals, 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22). Thus, the Buckeyes took back-to-back NCAA trophy, third overall (first came in 2011). The Cougars remained at three titles.
The Most Outstanding Player of this year’s Tournament, the French junior outside hitter from Ohio St, Nicolas Szerszen, led his team against BYU in front of 8,205 own fans at „St. John Arena“, Columbus, Ohio, with 16 kills. He was followed by compatriot, junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir, who made 10 kills.
By winning the Championship, the Buckeyes brought fourth consecutive national title for the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) as Loyola University Chicago were crowned in 2014 and 2015. Ohio’s back-to-back title was the eighth of a kind in the history of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball (UCLA 1970-71, 1974-75, 1981-82, 1995-96, Pepperdine 1985-86, UC Irvine 2012-13, Loyola 2014-15, Ohio St. 2016-17).
ALL-NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM
Nicolas Szerszen (FRA), Ohio State – Most Outstanding Player
Christy Blough, Ohio State
Driss Guessous, Ohio State
Maxime Hervoir (FRA), Ohio State
Blake Leeson, Ohio State
Brendan Sander, BYU
Stijn van Tilburg (NED), Hawai’i
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