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Fox Chapel's Tublin to continue volleyball career at Ohio State

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Josh Tublin of Fox Chapel Area High School.

Josh Tublin, a senior on the Fox Chapel High School volleyball team, will be playing for Ohio State next year.

He recently committed to the Buckeyes and he plans to attend the College of Engineering. He was also selected to join the University Honors Program. Although he will join the team as a non-scholarship player, Tublin's work in the classroom paid off as he was awarded two academic scholarships-the Provost and the National Buckeye Scholarships.

Pete Hanson, the coach at OSU, invited Tublin to be a member of the 2013 recruiting class for the Buckeyes, who were national champions in 2011. Tublin, an outstanding defensive player, is slotted in to play the libero position. Last year, he made the All-WPIAL second team as an outside hitter after playing at libero as a freshman and sophomore. This year, he returned to libero.

“I like playing libero,” he said. “The libero has a lot of control of the game, offensively and defensively.”

He has been a four-year letterwinner for the Foxes and also has played for the Pittsburgh Volleyball Club for four year. The team placed fourth at Nationals in 2010 and has played in the Nationals all four years. He's also been a member of the USA Volleyball Performance National A-1 in 2010 and 2011 and the A-2 team in 2012. He was also a member of the Fox Chapel High School soccer team for four years and lettered in three. He was awarded the Soccer Team Spirit Award in 2012.

“I chose Ohio State because it's such an outstanding academic institution and they have a great volleyball tradition,” Tublin said. “I got a lot of offers from D-III schools and a few D-I schools but I think I made a good choice.”

Tublin is planning on being redshirted next year.

“Their returning libero will be a junior so I'll plan on playing the following season, probably as a defensive specialist or a serving specialist,” Tublin said. “The redshirt year will give me time to work on reps. It's a big step from high school to a D-I school.”

He began playing volleyball when he was in the seventh grade and he learned a lot from his older brother. Dan Tublin is a starter on the Stanford team that's currently in the NCAA playoffs.

“We used to play volleyball in the back yard all the time,” Josh Tublin said. “He gave me a lot of tips and helped me a lot. I got to play on the Fox Chapel team once with him when he was a senior and I was a freshman. My brother Andrew and I talk on the phone with him a lot and keep him updated on how the Fox Chapel team is doing this year.”

Josh hasn't reached the volleyball plateau that Dan has reached yet but he thinks that he's surpassed him in another activity. Dan has always taken pride in his dancing ability but Josh thinks he now has the upper hand.

“I've seen some videos of him dancing at Stanford,” Josh Tublin said. “I think he's slipped a bit. I'm the best dancer in the Tublin family.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 ormstewart@tribweb.com.

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