April 22, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Number-one seed Ohio State (22-3) needed only 59 minutes to advance to the MIVA Tournament Semifinals with a 15-3, 15-9, 16-6 victory over eighth-seed Clarke College (8-19) in a quarterfinal match held in St. John Arena Saturday afternoon. Buckeye Chris Fash (Jr., Lockport, Ill.) had a team-high 13 kills (.556) with Greg Lehman (Jr., Galena, Ohio) adding 12 (.667) and Pieter Olree (So., Reading, Pa.) 11 (.588). Clarke’s Scott Schuessler (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) scored a team-high eight kills (.250) for the Crusaders with Troy Weisgram (Sr., Palatine, Ill.) adding seven (.333).
Ohio State broke a two-all tie in game one with a Colin McMillan (Sr., Burlington, Wis.) kill and opened up a 9-2 lead with another McMillan kill, ace serves by Angel Aja (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Olree and three Crusader errors. Three Clarke errors and one Ohio State error made it 12-3 before an Olree kill and two Crusader errors ended the game at 15-3. Ohio State hit .533 for the game to .033 for Clarke.
With kills by Pete Lapin (Jr., Schaumburg, Ill.), Chris Kozak (Jr., Lockport, Ill.) and two OSU errors, Clarke built up a 4-1 lead to open game two. OSU’s lone point came on an Olree ace serve. An exchange of errors for points put the lead at 5-2. A McMillan kill, a Clarke error followed by a Lehman kill tied the game at five. Another Clarke error and another Lehman kill put the Buckeyes ahead 7-5. An OSU error cut the lead to 7-6. Three consecutive Crusader errors gave Ohio State a 10-6 lead. A Clarke ace by Kozak cut the lead to 10-7, but two Crusader errors gave OSU a 12-7 lead. An ace serve by Lapin cut the lead to 12-8, but a Lehman kill put OSU at 13-8. A Clarke error set game point at 14-8. A Schuessler kill for a side out stopped game point one and Schuessler’s ace made it 14-9. A Rene Esteves (Sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico) kill sided out back to Ohio State but an OSU service error stopped game point two. The serve returned to the Buckeyes on an Esteves kill and a Crusader error ended the game at 15-9. The Buckeyes hit .447 for the game to .050 for the Crusaders.
From a one-one tied in game three, kills by Fash and Lehman and a Crusader error gave Ohio State a 4-1 lead. Two Buckeye errors and an ace serve by Schuessler tied the game at four. An OSU error gave Clarke a 5-4 lead, but a kill by McMillan tied the game at five. A Clarke error gave OSU a 6-5 lead. Two ace serves by Todd Hill (Jr., Dublin, Ohio) and a kill by Lehman moved the Buckeyes ahead to 9-5. An Olree kill made the score 10-5, but an OSU error cut the lead to 10-6. Two Crusader errors put Ohio State ahead 12-6. Back-to-back ace serves by Olree set game/match point for OSU at 14-6. An OSU error sided out to Clarke stopping OSU’s first match point. An Olree kill returned the serve to OSU and a kill by Fash ended the game at 15-6. OSU hit .630 for the game to .158 for Clarke.
For the match Ohio State hit .523 to .067 for Clarke. The Buckeyes outblocked the Crusaders 11 to three with McMillan recording a match-high nine blocks (1-8) and Fash adding seven assist blocks. Each squad had 23 digs in the match. OSU served seven aces to four for Clarke. OSU’s Olree equaled his career high with four aces. OSU setter Aja had 49 assists in the match adding five digs and an ace serve. Clarke’s Kevin Perhach (Jr., Wauwatosa, Wis.) had 24 assists for the Crusaders. Coming off the bench for Ohio State was Lehman who had 12 kills (.667) and four digs in two games. Buckeye Hill came in the third game to pick up two kills (1.000), two ace serves and two assist blocks.
Ohio State will face the winner of the match between fifth seed Ball State (15-14) and fourth seed Quincy (17-10) being played Saturday night at Quincy. No. 3 Lewis (21-10) advanced to the semifinals Friday night with a 15-4, 15-8, 8-15, 16-14 win over sixth seed Loyola-Chicago (16-12). Lewis will face the winner of the match between second seed Indiana-Purdue (19-7) and seventh seed Mercyhurst (15-10) also being played Saturday night at Indiana-Purdue.
Results from the two evening matches will be available late Saturday night at the MIVA web site at: http://www.acs.ohio-state.edu/units/athletics/MIVA/miva.html