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May 1, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – %^$The Ohio State men’s volleyball team moved up to eighth in the USA Today/AVCA Division I & II Coaches Top 15 poll. The Buckeyes were ranked 11th last week prior to its wins over Ball State and Loyola-Chicago in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament at Quincy University. The championship earned Ohio State (21-6) the Midwest bid to the NCAA Championship where they will face UCLA (23-7) Thursday, May 3 in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. in The Pyramid on the Long Beach State campus. Penn State (24-7) faces Brigham Young (21-4) in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes arrived in Long Beach, Calif. Tuesday afternoon. Ohio State will practice Wednesday in The Pryamid from 1:35 p.m. EDT to 3 p.m.%^$

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%^$USA Today/AVCA Division I & II%^$Coaches Top 15%^$Poll # 16, May 1, 2001%^$

%^$Rank School%^$ (First-Place Votes) Total 2001 Last%^$ Points Record Week%^$ 1 UCLA (10) 234 23-7 4%^$ 2 BYU (6) 225 21-4 1%^$ 3 Hawai’I 211 19-7 2%^$ 4 Long Beach State 194 18-7 3%^$ 5 Stanford 173 14-9 5%^$ 6 Pepperdine 155 14-9 6%^$ 7 UC Irvine 141 13-13 7%^$ 8 Ohio State 114 21-6 11%^$ 9 USC 109 13-9 9%^$10 Penn State 91 24-7 12%^$11 Lewis 74 24-6 8%^$12 Pacific 72 10-13 10%^$13 UC Santa Barbara 45 12-12 13%^$14 Loyola-Chicago 33 19-10 NR%^$15 Cal State-Northridge 24 12-15 14%^$

%^$Others receiving votes: Ball State (16),%^$Concordia, NY (6), George Mason (1).