Historical records and notes from 2016 NCAA Tournament finals

It was a record-setting performance for Ohio State and BYU in the NCAA Tournament finals.

Check out all the historical records and notes that happened during Ohio State’s sweep against BYU to win the national championship on Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania.


— Ohio State joins BYU, Loyola, Penn State, Pepperdine, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA and USC as the only college men’s volleyball programs to win multiple Division I-II NCAA championships.

— This is the third consecutive year that a team from the MIVA has won the NCAA championships. It is also the first time in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball history that a non-West Coast team has not won the national title in three consecutive years.

— Ohio State coach Pete Hanson joins Shane Davis, Marv Dunphy, Ernie Hix, Carl McGown, Tom Peterson, Al Scates and John Speraw as the only college men’s volleyball head coaches to win multiple Division I-II NCAA championships.

— Ohio State assistant coach Kevin Burch extends his streak of winning a national championship to six consecutive academic school years. Burch won the 2011 championship with Ohio State as a volunteer assistant coach, the 2012 NCAA Division III title with Springfield as an assistant coach, the 2013 title with UC Irvine as an assistant coach, the 2014 NCAA Division III with Springfield as an assistant coach and the 2015 women’s volleyball NCAA championship with Penn State as the director of operations.

— Opposite Miles Johnson became the first All-American selection to earn NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors since UC Irvine opposite Carson Clark achieved the feat in 2012.

— Ohio State had eight aces to set the record for most aces in a NCAA Tournament finals sweep during the 25-point rally scoring era. It also ties the record Loyola set in its five-game win last season for most in a NCAA Tournament finals during the 25-point rally scoring era.

— Ohio State middle attacker Blake Leeson with 11 kills on a .846 attack percentage became the second player to have double-digit kills and at least a .800 attack percentage in the NCAA Tournament finals during the 25-point rally scoring era. The only other player to achieve the feat with former Ohio State middle attacker Grayson Overman who had 12 kills on .800 in the Buckeyes 2011 championship win.

— Ohio State finished the match with a .374 attack percentage — the third highest attack percentage in the NCAA Tournament finals during the rally scoring era. The only two teams with higher attack percentages in the finals was UC Irvine at .383 in 2013 and Loyola at .452 in 2014.

— BYU out-blocked Ohio State 12.5 to 4 to become the first team in NCAA Tournament finals history during the 25-point rally scoring era to out-block its opponent by more than one block and lose the match.

— Ohio State All-American outside attacker Nicholas Szerszen set the all-time NCAA Tournament record with a combined 11 aces throughout the NCAA Tournament. He also had three aces against BYU to tie the record for most aces in the NCAA Tournament finals during the 25-point rally scoring era.

— BYU finished with a .296 attack percentage — the second highest attack percentage for a losing team in the NCAA Tournament finals during the 25-point rally scoring era.