COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (15-7 overall, 8-1 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, 2nd place) men’s volleyball team closes out the regular season with three conference matches this week. The Buckeyes will play at IPFW (12-11, 5-6, 5th place) Tuesday and then return home for matches against No. 8 Ball State (18-8, 9-1, first place) Thursday and Mercyhurst (5-18, 1-10, 6th place) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena. Ohio State seniors will be honored prior to the match Saturday. Both the Ball State and Mercyhurst home matches will be available on Buckeye Vision as a web broadcast for a fee. Broadcast information is available at http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/LiveEvents.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=17300
BUCKEYES PLAYING FOR THE MIVA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ohio State closes out the regular season with a chance to capture the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Championship this week. OSU (8-1 in the MIVA, 2nd place) plays at IPFW (5-6, 5th) Tuesday and then returns home to face conference leader Ball State (9-1) Thursday. OSU closes out the regular season by hosting Mercyhurst (1-10, 6th) Saturday while Ball State plays at Lewis (6-4, 4th). Three Ohio State victories this week will clinch OSU’s 20th league title.
A LOOK AT OHIO STATE
The ninth-ranked Buckeyes are coached by Pete Hanson. Ohio State is 15-7 overall and has an 8-1 record in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Last week the Buckeyes won 3-0 home matches against No. 12 George Mason (30-21, 30-21, 30-27) and Rutgers-Newark (30-27, 30-20, 30-28). Leading the Buckeyes in points per game is Robbie Klein (Sr.-Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) with a 4.58 average. Brett Versen ranks second with a 4.45 average. Klein leads the team with a 3.88 kills per game average with Versen averaging 3.70. Kevin Heine (So.-Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) is the top percentage hitter on the squad at .478. Ted Schoenfeldt (So., Northbrook, Ill.) ranks second at .431 with Ben Spurlock (Sr.-So., Stow, Ohio) third at .422. Setter Daniel Mathews (Sr., Shorewood, Wis.) is averaging 12.04 assists per game for Ohio State. Versen and Klein share team-high honors with 23 ace serves each. Versen averages .30 aces per game and Klein, .29. Mathews is third with 20 (.26). Defensively, Conor Martin (Sr., Avon Lake, Ohio) leads the team with a 2.39 digs per game average. Mathews ranks second at 1.62 with Klein third at 1.45. Jason Tobkin (So.-Fr., Fairfield, Ohio) has a team-high .962 reception percentage handling 302 of 314 attempts. Martin ranks second at .960 handling 618 of 644 attempts. At the net, Heine leads the team with a 1.27 blocks per game average with three solos and 67 assist blocks. Mathews ranks second at 1.27 with 11 solos and 76 assist blocks and Spurlock is third at 1.10 with seven solos and 79 assist blocks. As a team, Ohio State is averaging 19.11 points, 14.48 kills and 13.41 assists per game while hitting .277. The Buckeyes average 1.48 aces, 9.38 digs and 3.16 blocks per game. OSU opponents average 17.27 points, 13.44 kills and 12.81 assists per game while hitting .225. Buckeye opponents average 1.14 aces, 9.20 digs and 2.70 blocks per game.
A LOOK AT IPFW
The Mastodons are coached by Arnie Ball. IPFW has a 12-11 overall record and is 5-6 in the MIVA. Last week, IPFW defeated Mercyhurst, 3-0 (30-16, 30-21, 30-24) and No. 15 Lewis, 3-1 (30-27, 30-24, 27-30, 30-22) in home matches. Leading the Mastodons in points per game is C.J. Macias with a 4.74 average. Jason Yhost ranks second at 3.82. Macias leads the team with a 3.96 kills per game average with Yhost second at 3.30. Leading the squad in hitting percentage is Josh Stewart at .444. Oliver Kook ranks second at .347. At setter, Graydon Ainsworth has an 10.59 assist per game average. Brock Ullrich leads the team with 40 aces and a .47 per game average. Macias ranks second with 38 and a .45 average. Defensively, Matt Pliske has a team-high 2.68 digs per game average with Ullrich and Yhost tied for second at 1.48. Macias leads the team in reception percentage at .969 handling, 528 of 545 attempts. Ullrich ranks second at .967, handling 588 of 608 attempts with Pliske at .956 handling 461 of 482. At the net, Stewart has a team-high 1.23 blocks per game average with 15 solos and 87 assist blocks. Kook ranks second at .89 with seven solos and 59 assist blocks. As a team, IPFW averages 18.35 points, 14.16 kills and 13.12 assists per game while hitting .264. The Mastodons average 1.64 aces, 9.58 digs and 2.55 blocks per game. Opponents average 17.91 points, 14.28 kills and 13.38 assists per game while hitting .265. IPFW opponents average .82 aces, 8.76 digs and 2.81 blocks per game.
IPFW – OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State has a 59-33 advantage in the series with IPFW that dates back to 1980. The Buckeyes are 33-11 in Columbus, 17-19 in Ft. Wayne and 9-3 at neutral sites. Ohio State won two of the three matches played last season. OSU won 3-1 at IFPW (24-30, 30-25, 30-22, 30-26) and 3-1 in Columbus (27-30, 30-23, 30-27, 30-22) in regular-season conference matches. The Mastodons defeated Ohio State, 3-0 (30-22, 30-27, 30-26) in the championship match of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament. Ohio State opened the 2008 season with a 3-2 (25-30, 30-28, 25-30, 30-21, 15-6) win over the Mastodons in Columbus.
A LOOK AT BALL STATE
The eighth-ranked Cardinals are coached by Joel Walton. Ball State has a 18-8 overall record and is 9-1 in the MIVA. Last week, the Cardinals defeated Rutgers-Newark, 3-1 (30-28, 30-16, 40-42, 30-28) and lost to No. 12 George Mason, 3-1 (33-31, 30-26, 26-30, 30-26) in home matches. Leading Ball State in points per game is Patrick Durbin at 4.81. Marcus Imwalle ranks second at 3.63. Durbin leads the team in kills per game with a 4.33 average. Imwalle is second at 3.08. Matt McCarthy has a team-high hitting percentage of .432. J.D. Gasparovic is second at .338. At setter, Ethan Pheister has an 12.09 assists per game average. Imwalle leads the team in ace serves with 22 and has a .28 aces per game average. McCarthy (.16 per game) and Todd Chamberlain (.18) are tied for second with 14 each. Defensively, Ian Peckler has a team-high 2.90 digs per game average. Durbin ranks second at 1.64. In reception percentage, Pecker leads the team at .967 handling 587 of 607 attempts. Durbin ranks second at .951, handling 585 of 615 attempts. At the net, Gasparovic has a team-high 1.38 blocks per game average with 14 solos and 91 assists. McCarthy is second at 1.22 with 18 solos and 91 assists. Ball State is averaging 18.82 points, 14.73 kills and 13.71 assists per game while hitting .253. The Cardinals average .96 aces, 10.48 digs and 3.14 blocks per game. Opponents average 18.88 points, 14.71 kills and 13.62 assists per game while hitting .213. Ball State opponents average 1.14 aces, 9.55 digs and 3.03 blocks per game.
BALL STATE-OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads the series with Ball State, 78-76. The Buckeyes are 40-31 in Columbus while Ball State is 13-12 in neutral-site matches. The Cardinals have a 31-26 advantage in matches played at Ball State. Earlier this season, at Ball State, the Cardinals won, 3-1 (26-30, 30-28, 32-30, 31-29). Last season, Ohio State won two of the three matches the squads played. In the regular-season matches, the Buckeyes won, 3-1 (30-21, 28-30, 30-26, 30-23) in Columbus and lost, 1-3 (30-20, 29-31, 18-30, 27-30) in Muncie. OSU won, 3-1 (30-26, 30-25, 25-30, 31-29) in the MIVA Tournament semifinals hosted by Ohio State.
A LOOK AT MERCYHURST
The Lakers are coached by Ryan Patton. Mercyhurst has a 5-18 overall record and is 1-10 in the MIVA. Last week, the Lakers lost, 3-1 (30-22, 29-31, 30-23, 30-26) at home and 3-0 (30-16, 30-21, 30-24) at IPFW. The team leader in points per game for Mercyhurst is Dave Newman at 3.90. Tim Wagner ranks second at 3.37. Newman has a team-high 3.02 kills per game average with Wagner second at 2.84. Leading the team in hitting percentage at .430 is Newman with Jonathan Gurr second at .192. At setter, David Hatten has a 9.93 assists per game average. Wagner has a team-high 19 ace serves and a .23 per game average. Gurr and Jeff Hartman are tied for second with 11 each and a .15 per game average. Defensively, Jordan Pierson leads the team in digs per game with a 1.57 average. Ranking second is Hatten at 1.52.Gurr has a team-high .925 reception percentage handling 397 of 429 attempts. Hartman is second at .924 handling 388 of 420 attempts. At the net, Newman is averaging 1.34 blocks per game with 17 solos and 93 attempts. At 1.06 per game, Hatten ranks second with 16 solos and 70 assists. As a team, Mercyhurst is averaging 16.22 points, 12.70 kills and 11.67 assists while hitting .224. The Lakers average .88 aces, 7.98 digs and 2.64 blocks per game. Laker opponents average 19.48 points, 15.17 kills and 13.82 assists per game while hitting .292. Mercyhurst opponents average 1.93 aces, 8.47 digs and 2.39 blocks per game.
MERCYHURST – OHIO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State has won all 24 matches with Mercyhurst. The Buckeyes are 12-0 in matches played at Columbus and 12-0 at Mercyhurst. Earlier this season, at Mercyhurst, the Buckeyes won, 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20). Last season, Ohio State won 3-0 (30-16, 30-18, 30-18) at Erie and 3-0 (30-25, 30-23, 30-28) in Columbus.
KLEIN IS OSU’S TOP SCORER IN THE WEEKEND WINS
Robbie Klein was Ohio State’s match leader in points in both contests last weekend. He had 20 points against George Mason and 16.5 against Rutgers-Newark. Klein had a match-high 14 kills against the Patriots, adding two ace serves, two solo blocks and four assist blocks. He had six digs and handled 19 reception attempts. His two solo blocks are a career high and his six total blocks (2-4) equaled his career high. Klein recorded 13 kills against the Scarlet Raiders, adding two ace serves one solo block and one assist block. He had six digs and handled 16 reception attempts. In starting all 22 matches this season, Klein is the team leader in points (4.58) and kills (3.88). He is averaging .30 aces, 1.45 digs, .71 blocks while hitting .240. He has a .955 reception percentage handing 467 of 489 attempts.
KLEIN MOVES TO 14TH IN OSU CAREER POINTS
Robbie Klein, with 36.5 points last week, has moved to 14th on the Ohio State career points list with 1,041.5. He moved past Gary Wrobel (1994-97) with 1,037.5 points. Klein needs 17.5 points to move past No. 13 Jose Rivera (1996-00) with 1,058.5 points.
VERSEN HAS 15 POINTS AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Brett Versen posted 15 points in the Buckeye victory over No. 12 George Mason. He had 12 kills, a solo block and four assist blocks against the Patriots. He added five digs while hitting .360 in the match. Versen had a kill and an assist block in one game in the Rutgers-Newark match. Versen has started all 22 matches this season and is hitting .274. He is averaging 4.45 points, 3.70 kills, 1.37 digs and .79 blocks per game. Versen is the co-team leader in aces with 23, averaging .30 per game.
SPURLOCK CONTRIBUTES FIVE KILLS AND FOUR BLOCKS AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Ben Spurlock contributed five kills and four assist blocks in the win over George Mason, He hit .273 for the match adding one ace serve and two digs against the Patriots. Against Rutgers-Newark, Spurlock had three kills, three assist blocks and a dig. A starter in 21 of the 22 matches he has played in, Spurlock is averaging 2.58 points, 1.86 kills, .13 aces, .33 digs and 1.10 blocks per game while hitting .422.
SCHOENFELDT POSTS A CAREER-HIGH 14.5 POINTS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Ted Schoenfeldt posted career highs of 14.5 points and 13 kills against Rutgers-Newark. He hit .522 in the match, adding three digs, three assist blocks and an assist against the Scarlet Raiders. Schoenfeldt had nine points against George Mason with seven kills and four assist blocks, adding one dig and one assist while hitting .600. For the season, he has played in 15 matches with six starts. Schoenfeldt is averaging 2.09 points, 1.45 kills, .18 aces, .74 digs and .87 blocks per game while hitting .431.
TOBKIN HAS 13 POINTS AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Jason Tobkin had 13 points in the win against George Mason. He posted 11 kills and two ace serves against the Patriots. Tobkin hit .300 in the match, adding four assists, eight digs and handled 16 reception attempts. Tobkin had 7.5 points against Rutgers-Newark with four kills, three ace serves and an assist block. He added one digs and handled 16 reception attempts in the match. Playing in 21 matches, Tobkin has started 13 times this season. He is averaging 2.48 points, 1.97 kills, .21 aces, 1.11 digs and .56 blocks per game. Tobkin has a team-high .962 reception percentage handling 302 of 314 attempts.
MATHEWS HAS A CAREER-HIGH THREE SOLO BLOCKS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Daniel Mathews had a career-high three solo blocks against Rutgers-Newark posting a match-high six total blocks in the match. His previous high was two, in three matches, the last against Penn State in 2007. Mathews had 8.5 points in the match with two kills and two ace serves while collecting 39 assists. In the George Mason match, he recorded a season-high four kills, adding three assist blocks and 10 digs against the Patriots. He recorded 42 assists in the match. Mathews has started all 22 matches and is averaging 12.04 assists per game. He is averaging 1.36 points, .45 kills, .26 aces, 1.62 digs and 1.14 blocks per game.
MATHEWS MOVES TO 11 IN OSU CAREER DIGS
Daniel Mathews collected 16 digs last week and has moved to 11th on the Ohio State career digs list with 546. He moved past Mike Wauligman (2002-05) with 533 and Phil Kerewich (1996-99) with 543. Mathews needs 12 digs to move past No. 10 Angel Aja (1997-00) with 557.
CONOR MARTIN IS THE TEAM LEADER IN DIGS WITH 191
Conor Martin leads Ohio State in digs with 191 and has a team-high 2.39 per game average. He recorded 10 digs against George Mason for his ninth double-figure match of the season. He had one assist against the Patriots and handled 26 reception attempts without an error. Martin had five digs in the Rutgers-Newark match, adding an assist and handling 31 of 32 reception attempts. The starter at libero in all 22 matches this season, he has a team-high 2.39 digs per game average and is second on the squad in reception percentage at .960, handling 618 of 644 attempts. In career statistics, Martin ranks third in digs with 710 and is seventh in digs per game at 1.97.
HEINE STARTS AGAINST RUTGERS-NEWARK
Kevin Heine returned to the starting line up against Rutgers-Newark after missing the majority of the last six matches. In the last six matches, he saw action in one game at Penn State. Heine recorded 12.5 points against the Scarlet Raiders collecting 10 kills, one ace serve and three assist blocks while hitting .667. He has played in 17 matches this season with 15 starts. Heine is averaging 2.74 points, 1.96 kills, .11 aces, .18 digs and a team-high 1.27 blocks per game. He is hitting a team-high .478.
KLANAC MISSES A THIRD WEEK OF PLAY
John Klanac (So.-Fr., Orchard Park, N.Y.) has missed the last six matches for the Buckeyes. He has played in 16 matches and has nine starts. Klanac is averaging 2.41 points, 1.98 kills, .22 aces, 1.20 digs and .44 blocks per game. He has a .952 reception percentage handling 177 of 186 attempts.
OHIO STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Ohio State had four players ranked in the March 31 release of the NCAA Division I-II National Statistics Leaders. Kevin Heine is ranked fourth in hitting percentage at .465 with Ben Spurlock seventh at .446. Heine is 13th in blocking at 1.29 per game. Connor Martin has a 2.38 digs per game average and is 17th. Daniel Mathews is ranked 10th in assists per game with an 11.91 average.
OHIO STATE IN THE MIVA STATISTICS
The Buckeyes are well represented in the conference-only statistics of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Conor Martin ranks third in digs per game at 2.79 with Daniel Mathews ranked eighth at 1.68 and Robbie Klein, 20th at 1.41. Brett Versen is fourth in the conference in aces per game at .47. Mathews is fifth at .44 with John Klanac tied for 11th at .29. Kevin Heine ranks 18th at .24 and Klein is 20th at .21. In blocks per game, Ben Spurlock ranks third in the league at 1.30 with Mathews seventh at 1.15. Heine is 11th at 1.00 and Versen is tied for 17th at .78. Mathews is fourth in the league in assists per game at 11.74. Versen ranks fifth in points per game at 4.55 with Klein sixth at 4.38. In kills per game, Klein ranks fourth at 3.82 with Versen seventh at 3.62. Heine is OSU’s top percentage hitter at .434, ranking third. Spurlock ranks fifth at .430, Versen is 17th at .260 and Klein is 19th at .245. As a team, Ohio State ranks second in blocks at 3.31 and aces at 1.94 and is third digs at 10.09 per game. The Buckeyes rank fourth in hitting percentage at .274 and in assists at 13.15. OSU ranks third in kills at 14.47 per game. Defensively, Ohio State is first in hitting percentage at .175, kills at 12.26 per game and assists at 11.68 per game. The Buckeyes rank second in aces at .91 per game, fifth in digs at 9.32 and sixth in blocks at 2.78 per game.
OHIO STATE RANKED NINTH IN THE CBS COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK/AVCA COACHES POLL
Ohio State is ranked ninth in the CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Top 15 Coaches Poll released April 7. OSU had been ranked 10th in the poll for the last three weeks. The Buckeyes began the season ranked 10th in the preseason poll and have been as high as seventh. Other MIVA conference teams ranked in the poll are Ball State eighth and Lewis 15th. IPFW is listed as receiving votes.
OHIO STATE RANKED NINTH IN THE MOLTEN/VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
Ohio State was ranked ninth in the Molten Volleyball Magazine Men’s College Top 10 Poll released April 1. Ohio State began the 2008 season unranked in the Top 10, but had received votes. The Buckeyes have been as high as fifth in the poll. MIVA opponent Ball State is ranked sixth. The poll is conducted by Volleyball Magazine and voted on by members of the national men’s volleyball media.
VERSEN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Feb. 5
Brett Versen was named the MIVA Player of the Week as he played a key role in conference home victories over Lewis 3-0 (32-30, 30-25, 30-27) and No. 14 Loyola-Chicago 3-2 (30-26, 27-30, 30-16, 28-30, 15-13) to keep the seventh-ranked, 6-1 Buckeyes undefeated in league play at 5-0.
Versen had a career-high 24.5 points in the win over Lewis, tying his career high of 20 kills and adding a season-high nine digs. He hit .368 in the match, added three ace serves, a solo block and an assist block. He then produced 24 points in the victory over then No. 14-Loyola-Chicago, recording 19 kills while hitting .417. He tied his career high of four ace serves while adding three digs and two assist blocks. Versen had three kills and an ace serve in the fifth game against the Ramblers and had the match-winning kill for the victory.
MATHEWS NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 11
Daniel Mathews was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play last week. He recorded his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career with 43 assists and a season-high 11 digs in the 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-23, 30-20) win at Mercyhurst. Mathews added four total blocks (one solo and three assists), two ace serves and a kill in the match. His previous dig high this season was nine in two matches.
KLEIN NAMED THE MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 25
Robbie Klein was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play against Loyola-Chicago and No. 15 Lewis. Klein had a match-high 20.5 points in the 3-1 (28-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-26) win at Loyola-Chicago with 17 kills, an ace serve and five assist blocks. He hit .238 adding an assist and seven digs. With the match tied at 1-1 in games and the score tied at 27, a Klein kill gave OSU its first lead of the game at 28-27. The Ramblers tied the game at 28 but back-to-back kills from Klein gave the Buckeyes a 30-28 game three victory. In the 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-22) win at No. 15 Lewis, Klein had 11.5 points with 10 kills, one ace serve and an assist block. He hit .231 for the match, adding an assist and five digs. For the two matches, Klein averaged 4.57 points, 3.86 kills, 1.71 digs and .86 blocks per game. He handled 43 of 46 reception attempts (.935).
VERSEN NAMED MIVA PLAYER OF THE WEEK – March 31
Brett Versen was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Week for his play against top-ranked Penn State and St. Francis. Versen had back-to-back matches with 20 or more points last week. In the 3-1 loss at Penn State, he had a team-high 20 points recording 15 kills, three ace serves, a solo block and two assist blocks. He added four digs while hitting .375. Versen had 23 points in the 3-1 win at St. Francis. He had a co-match-high 21 kills adding four assist blocks and eight digs while hitting .289. For the two matches, Versen averaged 5.38 points, 4.50 kills, 1.50 digs, .88 blocks and .38 aces per game while hitting .325. This is the second time this season Versen has been named the player of the week.
HEAD COACH PETE HANSON
Pete Hanson is in his 24th season at Ohio State. He has a 472-262 record with the Buckeyes and has 10 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championships, including 2007. Named the MIVA Coach of the Year seven times, including 2007, he was the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2000 when OSU was the NCAA National Championship runner-up. Hanson was also the 1998 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year. His teams have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times including back-to-back appearances in 2000 (runner-up) and 2001 (semifinalist).
OHIO STATE PICKED SECOND IN THE 2008 MIVA PRESEASON POLL
Ohio State, the 2007 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season champion, has been picked to finish second in the conference by a vote of the league coaches. The Buckeyes received 40 points and three first-place votes. IPFW, the 2007 MIVA Tournament Champion and NCAA Tournament finalist was picked to finish first receiving 44 points and four first-place votes. Lewis was picked to finish third (34 points), Loyola-Chicago fourth (33) and Ball State fifth (24). Rounding out the voting was Quincy at sixth (13) and Mercyhurst at seventh (8).
MATHEWS AND KLEIN NAMED TO 2008 MIVA PRESEASON TEAM
Ohio State had two players named to the 2008 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Preseason All-Conference Team. The selections, voted by the league coaches, were setter Daniel Mathews and outside hitter Robbie Klein.
Mathews, a 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association first team All-American and a two-time first team All-MIVA selection averaged 12.53 assists per game last season in conference play. He averaged .79 blocks, .91 digs, .42 aces and .63 kills per game while hitting .308.
Klein was a second team All-MIVA selection last season. He averaged 3.28 kills, .19 assists, .33 aces, 1.37 digs and .72 blocks per game while hitting .307.
Also named to the team were middle attacker Matt McCarthy and libero Ian Peckler of Ball State, outside hitters C. J. Macias and Brock Ulrich and middle hitter Josh Stewart of IPFW, opposite Ian Anderson and outside hitter Joe Guntli of Loyola-Chicago and outside hitter Jared Dayton of Lewis.
THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament begins next week with three quarterfinal matches. Based on their final regular season conference finish, #5 plays at #4, #6 plays at #3, #7 plays at #2 and the #1 seed receives a bye in matches played April 18-19. The #1 seed will host the semifinals April 24 with #1 playing the #4/#5 winning and the #3/#6 winner playing the #2/#7 winner. The semifinal winners play April 26 with the winner advancing to the NCAA National Semifinals, May 1 at Cal Irvine.