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April 23, 1999

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Down two games to none, Ohio State (21-5) rallied back behind a 38-kill, 20-dig performance by junior Chris Fash (Lockport, Ill.) to come away with a 15-17, 6-15, 15-6, 15-10, 15-12 win over Ball State (13-14) in the semifinals of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament. Fashs outstanding play advanced the Buckeyes to the Tournament Championship match Saturday against Indiana-Purdue (22-3), a 6-15, 15-7, 15-13, 10-15, 15-7 winner over Lewis (23-8) at Lewis University. (see story below) That winner advances to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship, May 6 and 8 at UCLA.

The Buckeye attack also included 15 kills from Rene Esteves, 14 from Colin McMillan and 11 from Phil Kerewich. Kerewich reached the 1,000 kill milestone with his second kill of the match and now has 1,010. Ball States Jason Fehr had a team high 26 kills with Brian Hughes adding 20, Dainis Matison 16 and Mark Lau 11.

Ball State opened game one taking leads of 4-1 and 7-3. Three Cardinal errors and a kill by Kerewich tied the game at seven. After an eight-all tie, Ball State went up 9-8 on an OSU error. The Buckeyes tied the game at nine on a block by McMillan and Jose Rivera. A Cardinal error put OSU up 10-9 and back-to-back kills by OSUs Fash put the Buckeyes ahead 12-9. A BSU error extended the OSU lead to 13-9, but Ball State responded with three consecutive points from an ace by Brian Hughes, a kill Matison and an OSU hitting error to close to 13-12. A solo block by OSUs Kerewich put the Buckeyes at game point (14-12). The Cardinals responded with a block by Pat Damm and Fehr, an OSU error and a solo block by Hughs to take a 15-14 lead. Ohio State tied the game at 15 on a block by McMillan and Rivera, but consecutive hitting errors by the Buckeyes game the Cardinals a 17-15 win. For the game, both teams hit .200.

Ball State opened up a 9-2 lead in game two and built it into an 15-6 win. The Cardinals hit .451 for the game to .320 for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes returned the favor in game three, taking a quick 9-3 lead. OSU finished the game at 15-6 while hitting .400. The Cardinals hit .059 for the game.

Ohio State took an early 5-3 lead in game four, but a service ace by Fehr and back-to-back hitting errors for OSU gave Ball State a 6-5 lead. The Buckeyes tied the game at seven on a Rivera kill and went up 8-7 on a Kerewick kill and pushed the margin to 9-7 on a Cardinal ball handling error. A Cardinal hitting error, a Fash kill, a block by Esteves and Angel Aja and a solo block by Esteves gave OSU a 13-7 lead. Ball State responded with points off a block by Lau and Hughes and kills by Matison and Mikko Korhonen to cut the Buckeye lead to 13-10. Ohio State reached game point (14-10) on a Fash kill and a Ball State hitting error ended the game at 15-10, sending the match to a rally scoring fifth game. Ohio State hit .208 for the game to .105 for Ball State.

Ball State opened game five with kills by Damm and Hughes, but two Cardinal errors tied the game at two. A Cardinal block by Damm and Fehr put BSU up 3-2, but a kill by OSUs McMillan tied the game at three. BSU kills by Fehr and Hughes gave Ball State a 5-3 lead. The Buckeyes, on kills by Fash and Esteves and a Cardinal hitting error, took a 6-5 lead in the game. Ball State responded the kills from Hughes, Fehr and Matison and an OSU hitting error to go up 9-6. A kill by OSUs Kerewick cut the lead to 9-7, but a BSU kill from Matison returned the BSU margin to three at 10-7. BSUs Lau served out of bounds for an OSU point (BSU 10-8), but a kill by Matison returned the lead to three at 11-8. Riveras kill and a Cardinal error closed the Ball State lead to one at 11-10. Ball States Fehr got the kill to put the Cardinals up two at 12-10. An OSU kill by Rivera and a block by Kerewich and McMillan tied the game at 12 and a BSU error put Ohio State ahead at 13-12. Following a Ball State timeout, a Cardinal error set match point (14-12) for the Buckeyes. A kill by OSUs Kerewich finished the game (15-12) and the 3-2 comeback for Ohio State. The Buckeyes hit .286 for the game to .185 for the Cardinals.

Ohio State hit .270 for the match to .210 for Ball State. The Buckeyes had a 16-14 advantage in blocks and a 74-64 margin in digs. The Cardinals did outserve Ohio State five to one. OSU had career high digs from Kerewich (20) and Fash (18). OSUs McMillan had a match-high eight blocks (1-7) while BSUs Lau picked up a team high six (1-5) for Ball State.

Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Semifinals

Volleyball Box Score Ball State vs Ohio State (Apr 23, 1999 at Romeoville, Illinois)

Ball State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN No Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 2 Mark Lau………… 5| 11 4 29 .241| 0| 1 4| 0| 6| 1 5 2| 0 4 Mike Munday……… 5| 3 2 14 .071| 62| 0 0| 0| 7| 1 2 0| 2 7 Dainis Matison…… 5| 16 10 44 .136| 3| 0 5| 1| 11| 0 4 0| 0 9 Jason Fehr………. 5| 26 9 54 .315| 4| 3 5| 0| 7| 1 4 1| 0 12 Pat Damm………… 5| 9 5 24 .167| 2| 0 2| 0| 8| 0 5 1| 0 15 Brian Hughes…….. 5| 20 10 51 .196| 1| 1 0| 0| 18| 1 1 3| 1 1 Jeff Robertson…… 5| 0 0 1 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 6| 0 0 0| 0 3 Juan Carlos Lopez… 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 1 11 Mikko Korhonen…… 1| 1 0 2 .500| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 5| 86 40 219 .210| 72| 5 16| 1| 64| 4 21 7| 4

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 14.5 Game K E TA Pct 1 19 9 50 .200 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS 2 28 5 51 .451 Ball State………. 17 15 6 10 12 13-14 3 11 9 34 .059 Ohio State………. 15 6 15 15 15 21-5 4 17 11 57 .105 5 11 6 27 .185

Ohio State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN No Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 3 Jose Rivera……… 5| 8 10 27 -.074| 2| 0 5| 3| 13| 0 6 2| 0 5 Angel Aja……….. 5| 3 2 9 .111| 81| 0 2| 0| 9| 0 3 0| 0 8 Rene’ Esteves……. 5| 15 7 39 .205| 2| 0 1| 1| 6| 1 2 4| 0 9 Phil Kerewich……. 5| 11 8 32 .094| 1| 0 2| 0| 20| 3 1 1| 0 11 Chris Fash………. 5| 38 5 60 .550| 1| 1 3| 1| 18| 0 2 1| 1 14 Colin McMillan…… 5| 14 4 31 .323| 1| 0 4| 0| 1| 1 7 0| 0 6 Todd Hill……….. 2| 1 0 1 1.000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 1 1| 0 10 Jose Pereira…….. 2| 2 1 5 .200| 0| 0 0| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0 13 Ross McLain……… 5| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0 —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 5| 92 37 204 .270| 88| 1 17| 5| 74| 5 22 9| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 16.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 23 13 50 .200 Site: Romeoville, Illinois (Neil Carey Arena) 2 24 8 50 .320 Date: Apr 23, 1999 Attend: 1300 Time: 2:28 3 18 6 30 .400 Referees: Pat Carus, Alan Stankaitis 4 20 9 53 .208 5 7 1 21 .286 Indiana-Purdue Defeats Lewis in Five Games to Advance to MIVA Tournament Championship

Indiana-Purdue (22-3), behind a combined 80 kills from Scott Lane (33), Jeff Ptak (26) and Javier Escobar (21), held on for a 6-15, 15-7, 15-13, 10-15, 15-7 win over host Lewis (23-8) in the MIVA Tournament semfinals to advance to the championship match against Ohio State Saturday. Lewis received a team-high 26 kills from Ryan McNeil with Eduardo Quinones adding 15, Grant Bindon and Guy Nembhard 12 each and Victor Rivera 10.

Lewis had the edge in match statistics: hitting percentage (.292 to .271), blocks (19 to 15) and digs (48-40). Indiana-Purdue controlled only the final score and ace serves (10 to two).

The Flyers pounded Indiana-Purdue in game one, 15-6, outhitting the Mastodons, .520 to .186. Indiana-Purdue came back with a 15-7 win in game two, outhitting the flyers .367 to .354. IPFW took a 2-1 lead in games with a 15-13 win in game three. Lewis broke an 11-11 tie to take a 13-11 lead off two Indiana-Purdue errors. A Mastodon block for point and a Lewis hitting error tied the game at 13. The Flyers committed two more hitting errors, for points, to allow IPFW to win 15-13. Indiana-Purdue hit .275 for the game to .136 for Lewis. The Flyers took a quick 10-4 lead in game four and held on for a 15-10 win to tie the match. The Flyers hit .485 for the game to .205 for Indiana-Purdue. Game five started with Indiana-Purdue building a 6-2 lead. With the Mastodons leading 10-7, Indiana-Purdue scored five straight points to win the game 15-7. Indiana-Purdue hit .400 for the game to -.167 for Lewis.

Indiana-Purdue played the match without Hector Soto, who has an ankle injury, while Lewis saw Victor Rivera hurt his ankle in game two, but played most of the match.

Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Semifinals

Volleyball Box Score Lewis vs Indiana-Purdue (Apr 24, 1999 at Romeoville, Illinois)

Lewis | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN No Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 3 Ryan McNeil……… 5| 26 13 50 .260| 0| 0 2| 1| 8| 2 3 0| 0 4 Victor Rivera……. 5| 10 10 30 .000| 5| 0 2| 4| 16| 1 4 0| 0 5 Eduardo Quinones…. 5| 15 5 31 .323| 1| 1 1| 0| 10| 2 2 0| 0 6 Grant Bindon…….. 5| 12 1 23 .478| 2| 0 3| 4| 2| 1 7 0| 0 8 Edgardo Deniz……. 5| 7 2 11 .455| 71| 1 0| 0| 5| 0 3 0| 1 16 Guy Nembhard…….. 5| 12 4 21 .381| 2| 0 1| 0| 7| 1 5 3| 0 2 Jeff Getz……….. 2| 2 0 2 1.000| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 1| 0 12 Marty Zambo……… 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 17 Zach Corsten…….. 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 Team……………. | | | | 1| | | —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 5| 84 35 168 .292| 81| 2 11| 10| 48| 7 24 4| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 19.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 17 4 25 .520 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS 2 24 7 48 .354 Lewis…………… 15 7 13 15 7 23-8 3 20 14 44 .136 Indiana-Purdue…… 6 15 15 10 15 22-3 4 19 3 33 .485 5 4 7 18 -.167

Indiana-Purdue | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN No Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE —————————————————————————– 5 Jeff Ptak……….. 5| 26 12 55 .255| 2| 3 6| 0| 1| 0 5 1| 0 7 Ryan Perrotte……. 5| 7 4 19 .158| 0| 0 2| 0| 5| 1 9 3| 0 10 Chris Gisslen……. 5| 1 2 5 -.200| 77| 4 4| 0| 9| 1 6 2| 1 11 Mike Cummings……. 5| 7 3 12 .333| 1| 0 4| 0| 2| 0 3 0| 0 12 Javier Escobar…… 5| 21 8 41 .317| 2| 0 0| 2| 9| 0 0 1| 0 15 Scott Lane………. 5| 33 14 59 .322| 2| 3 3| 0| 13| 0 1 0| 0 2 Brian Harris…….. 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0 6 Arris Eracleous….. 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0 9 Josh Sanders…….. 1| 0 0 1 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 1| 0 —————————————————————————– Totals………….. 5| 95 43 192 .271| 84| 10 19| 2| 40| 2 24 8| 1

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 14.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 17 9 43 .186 Site: Romeoville, Illinois (Neil Carey Arena) 2 28 10 49 .367 Date: Apr 24, 1999 Attend: 1500 Time: 2:23 3 26 12 51 .275 Referees: Angelo Iasillo, Jim Kuziela 4 19 11 39 .205 5 5 1 10 .400