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May 4, 2001

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Long Beach, Calif. – Ohio State men’s volleyball team pushed the Bruins of UCLA to four games but could not break into the win column. Top-seed UCLA (24-7) won the first semifinal in the NCAA Championships 3-1 (30-21, 30-20, 22-30, 30-24) over fourth-seed Ohio State (21-7). It marked the 23rd straight semifinal victory for the Bruins and its 14th consecutive win over Ohio State. Bruin Adam Naeve had a match-high 15 kills for UCLA with Mark Williams adding 13 and Cameron Mount 12. OSU’s Pieter Olree (Sr., Reading, Pa./Exeter H.S.) scored a team-high 14 kills with Chris Fash (Sr., Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township H.S.) adding 12.

After an opening UCLA error, the Bruins with a service error and a kill by Williams took a 2-1 lead. A Bruin service error tied the game at two. An ace serve by Todd Hill (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto H.S.) and a solo block Adam Pedersen (Fr., Muskego, Wisc./Muskego H.S.) gave Ohio State a 4-2 lead. A Williams kill cut it to 4-3, but a kill by Greg Lehman (Sr., Galena, Ohio/Big Walnut H.S.) and a Bruin error opened a three-point lead at 6-3. After an exchange of two points each (8-5), A Matt Komer kill and a Buckeye error cut the lead to 8-7. Buckeye setter Mark Peckham (Fr., London, Ontario/Oakridge Secondary H.S.), with a long tip made it 9-7. A Buckeye service error and a Mount kill tied the game at nine. A Bruin attack error put OSU ahead 10-9. A Naeve kill tied the game at 10 and a block by Williams put the Bruins ahead 11-10. A Buckeye kill by Fash tied the game at 11. The Bruins, with a kill by Scott Morrow and a Buckeye attack error, took a 13-11 lead. UCLA’s service error cut its lead to 13-12. A Williams kill and a ball handling error by OSU opened a three-point UCLA lead at 15-12. A Buckeye triple by of Peckham, Pedersen and Greg Lehman and an Olree kill cut the lead to one at 15-14. An OSU service error made it 16-14, UCLA. An exchange of points pushed the score to 18-17. A Buckeye service error and an ace serve by Naeve opened up a 20-17 lead as the Buckeyes called timeout. A Bruin error cut the lead to 20-18 but UCLA with kills by Komer and Williams, a ace serve by Komer and an OSU attack error opened up a 24-18 lead as the Buckeyes called timeout. A Williams kill and an UCLA service error moved the score to 25-19. A Buckeye service error, a block by Rich Nelson and Morrow and a Bruin ace serve by Williams that caught the top of the net and fell to the Buckeye side of the floor opened a 29-19 UCLA lead. A Bruin service error cut the lead to 28-20. Mount’s kill set game point (29-20) for UCLA, but an Olree kill stopped the game point and made the margin 29-21. A Naeve kill closed the game at 30-21. UCLA hit .355 for the game to .172 for Ohio State.

UCLA opened game two with a 3-0 lead off two OSU errors and an ace serve by Naeve. A Greg Lehman kill stopped the run but a Buckeye service error made it 4-1. OSU tied the game at four with a Pedersen kill and back-to-back service aces by Greg Lehman. UCLA took a 5-4 lead with a Williams kill. The Buckeyes tied the game at five with an Olree kill. A Bruin attack error gave OSU a 6-5 lead. A Morrow kill tied the game at six. The Buckeyes took a 7-6 lead with a second-touch kill by Peckham. The Bruins tied the game with a Buckeye service error and an OSU ball handling error gave UCLA an 8-7 lead. An Olree kill tied the game at eight. The Bruins took a 10-8 advantage with back-to-back kills by Naeve. Greg Lehman’s kill cut the margin to 10-9. Komer, with a kill, made the Bruin lead 11-9. Greg Lehman’s kill cut the margin to 11-10. An OSU service error and an attack error opened up a 13-10 lead for the Bruins. A UCLA service error cut the margin to 13-11. A Morrow kill and a Bruin attack error moved the score to 14-12. Kills by Mount and Williams opened a four-point Bruin lead at 16-12. The Buckeyes cut the lead to two (16-14) with a Fash kill and a block by Olree and Hill. Kills by Naeve and Mount and a Buckeye hitting error made it 19-14 UCLA as Ohio State called timeout. OSU cut the lead to four at 19-15 with a kill by Hill. A Buckeye error and an ace serve by Mount that caught the net and fell on the Buckeye side of the court made it 21-15. An Olree kill cut the lead to 21-16. A tip for a kill by UCLA’s Williams and a ball handling error by OSU made it 23-16 UCLA. A Bruin service error cut the score to 23-17. Kills by Komer and Mount made it 25-17. Fash’s kill cut the score to 25-18. Mount and Komer recorded kills to make it 27-18. Williams hit an ace serve (28-18) and OSU called timeout. An Olree kill made it 28-19 but a Mount kill set game point at 29-19. Peckham’s tip shot stopped the game point but Komer’s kill ended the game at 30-20 giving UCLA a 2-0 lead in the match. The Bruins hit .424 in the game to .267 for the Buckeyes.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead in game three with a Naeve kill. A Buckeye block by Olree and Hill and an Olree kill put OSU up 2-1. Williams tied the game at two with a kill. A Kill by Olree and a Bruin attack error made it 4-3 OSU. Morrow’s kill cut the score to 4-3. A UCLA attack error and an Olree kill made it 6-3. A Buckeye attack error cut the margin to 6-4, but a Greg Lehman kill and back-to-back ace serves by Greg Lehman opened a 9-4 Buckeye lead as UCLA called timeout. Naeve’s kill cut the margin to 9-5. Olree made it 10-5 with a kill. Naeve added another kill to make it 10-6. A Fash kill made it 11-6 but a Buckeye service error cut it to 11-7. A Hill kill and an ace serve by Olree opened the lead to 13-7. A Buckeye error on the serve made the score 13-8. Hill’s kill moved the score to 14-8. Morrow cut the margin to 14-9 with a kill. A Bruin service error made it 15-9 but Mount’s kill put the score at 15-10. Fash responded with a kill (16-10) but a dump kill by Nelson returned the margin to five (16-11). An Olree kill and a block by Peckham and Hill pushed the OSU lead to seven (18-11). Two Bruin kills by Naeve cut the lead to five at 18-13. Hill’s kill made it 19-13. The Bruins, with a Naeve kill and a Buckeye attack error cut the lead to four at 19-15. Olree’s kill followed by a Fash kill off a long rally made it 21-15. A Buckeye attack error cut the lead to 21-16. A Bruin service error made it 22-16. A kill by Williams and one by Greg Lehman advanced the score to 23-17. The Buckeyes served up an error to cut the lead to five at 23-18. Kills by Greg Lehman and Pedersen opened a seven-point lead at 25-18 forcing Coach Al Scates to call his second timeout. Naeve’s kill cut the margin to 25-19. A dump kill by Peckham was good, making the score 26-19 OSU. Ian Burnham’s kill cut the margin to six (26-20). A Bruin service error made the lead seven (27-20). Kills by Naeve and Morrow cut the lead to five at 27-22. OSU, with a Fash kill, an Olree service ace and a block by Hill and Fash closed out game three at 30-22 to cut the UCLA lead to 2-1. For the game, the Buckeyes hit .577 to .344 for the Bruins.

UCLA, with two Buckeye attack errors, took a 2-0 lead in game four. Olree’s kill cut the margin to 2-1. Kills by Naeve and Williams, an OSU attack error and a block by Ian Burnham and Naeve opened up a 6-1 Bruin lead as the Buckeyes called timeout. The squads exchanged service errors (7-2). An Ian Burnham kill and a Bruin ball handling error made it 8-3. A block by Burnham and Morrow and a Burnham service ace made it 10-3. The Bruins’ service error cut the UCLA lead to 10-4. Burnham’s kill made it 11-4. OSU’s Pedersen and Olree scored with a block to make it 11-5. A Bruin attack error made it 11-6. Mount’s kill gave the Bruins a 12-6 lead. Kills by Peckham and Greg Lehman cut the UCLA lead to 12-8. An OSU service error with an attack error took the UCLA lead to 14-8. Hill’s kill made it 14-9. A kill by Mount and a block by Burnham and Williams made it 16-9. A Fash kill, a Buckeye service error and another Fash kill moved the score to 17-11. Two kills by Burnham raised the lead to 19-11 but a Bruin service error cut the lead to 19-12. Greg Lehman connected on an ace serve (19-12) but a Buckeye service error made it 20-12. A Bruin service error followed making the score 20-14. Peckham’s overpass kill cut the lead to five at 20-15. An OSU service error made it 21-15 but a Fash kill kept the lead at five (21-16). A Nelson kill and an OSU hitting error pushed the lead to 23-16. A Bruin attack error and an Olree ace serve cut the UCLA lead back to five at 23-18 as UCLA called timeout. A UCLA attack error cut the Bruin lead to four at 23-19. An OSU service error, a kill by Williams and a block by Burnham and Naeve made the UCLA lead seven at 26-19 with Ohio State calling timeout. Naeve made it a four-point run with a kill (27-19). A Bruin service error cut the UCLA margin to seven at 27-20. A Burnham kill made it an eight-point lead at 28-20. A Buckeye block by Pedersen and Greg Lehman made it 28-21. An OSU service error set match point for UCLA at 29-21. A Bruin service error, a block by Pedersen and Peckham and a UCLA attack error cut the lead to five at 29-24 as UCLA called a timeout.. The Bruins closed out the game with a Morrow kill for a 30-24 game four win and a 3-1 victory in the semifinals. UCLA hit .231 for the game to OSU’s -.037.

For the match, the Bruins hit .344 to .241 for Ohio State. UCLA had a 62-49 advantage in kills while the Bruins had 20 attack errors to 22 for the Buckeyes. UCLA’s Naeve hit a match-high (10-or-more kills) .652 with 15 kills in 23 attempts with no errors. The Bruins recorded 38 digs to 32 for Ohio State. Buckeye Tom Trantow (Jr., River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest H.S.) had a match-high 10 digs with Peckham adding seven. Bruin Nelson had a team-high nine digs with Mount and Adam Schrader adding seven each. UCLA recorded a team total of 59 assists with Nelson recording a match-high 54. OSU’s Peckham had a team-high 41 assists. The Buckeyes had the advantage in ace serves nine to seven. OSU’s Greg Lehman had a match-high five aces with Olree adding three. Williams and Naeve scored two aces each for the Bruins. The Bruins gave up 15 serve error while Ohio State had 18. At the net, Ohio State had nine blocks to six for the Bruins. Pedersen had a match-high five blocks (one solo and four assists) for the Buckeyes with Hill adding four assists. Burnham, for the Bruins, had a team-high four assist blocks.

UCLA advances to face second-seed Brigham Young (22-4), a 3-1 (30-28, 28-30, 30-28, 30-26) winner over third-seed Penn State (24-8) in the second semifinal for the national championship, Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. EDT. in the Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State.