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May 6, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State (24-7 overall) men’s volleyball team lost 3-0 (30-16, 31-29, 30-26) to top-ranked Pepperdine (24-2) in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship Thursday in Los Angeles at UCLA. Despite the 30-16 game on loss, the Buckeyes held their own the rest of the match losing, 31-29 in the second and 30-26 in the third game. OSU’s Mark Greaves (Jr., Fenton, Mo.) scored a team-high 16 points with 14 kills (.200) and two ace serves. Andy Cole (Jr., Glendale, Wis.) added 14 points for the Buckeyes with 12 kills (.114), an ace serve and two assist blocks. Pepperdine’s Sean Rooney scored a match-high 25.5 points with 19 kills (.357), four ace serves and five assist blocks. Jon Parfitt collected 11.5 points with 11 kills (.250) and an assist blocks and Andy Hein added 10 points with six kills (.545), two ace serves and four assist blocks.

Pepperdine took control of game one by scoring the first five points of the match on kills from Parfitt, Rooney and Hein and two Buckeye errors. The Waves built up a quick 11-2 lead and won the game, 30-16. Pepperdine hit .409 for the game to .028 for Ohio State.

Game two saw 20 ties and seven lead changes. After a Cole kill gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead, two Ohio State errors put the Waves ahead, 2-1. At 6-5, Pepperdine, two Wave errors gave the Buckeyes the edge at 7-6. At 9-8 OSU, a Buckeye error and a Rooney kill put Pepperdine up, 10-9. A Greaves kill tied the game at 10. Back-to-back Rooney kills gave the Waves a 12-10 lead. At 16-14, two Greaves kill tied the game at 16. A kill from Mike Wauligman (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) and a Cole ace serve gave OSU an 18-16 lead. At 19-17, a Rooney kill and an ace serve from Hein tied the game at 19. Tied at 22, two Rooney kills and an OSU error opened a 24-22 Pepperdine lead. At 25-23, a Wave error and a kill by Greaves tied the game at 25. At 28-all, a Rooney kill gave Pepperdine a 29-28 lead, serving game point. A Layne Dreven (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) kill stopped the game point, tying the game at 29. Pepperdine regained the lead at 30-29 with a block from Rooney and Tom Hulse, giving the Waves a second game point. Rooney’s ace serve ended the game at 31-29, giving Pepperdine a 2-0 lead in the match. The Waves hit .310 for the game to .302 for the Buckeyes. Game three began with a 3-0 Pepperdine lead. Kills from Cole and Greaves and a Wave error cut the margin to 4-3. A Rooney kill made it a two-point lead at 6-4 as the officials call a time out to repair the court. The came out of the break with a Cole kill and two ace serves from Greaves to take a 7-6 lead. Two OSU errors and a John Mayer kill gave Pepperdine a 9-7 lead. At 10-8, kills from Wauligman and Cole tied the game at 10. At 12-all, a Cole kill and a Wave error put OSU ahead, 14-12. An OSU error, a Hein ace serve and a Hulse-Jonathan Winder block gave Pepperdine a 15-14 lead. A Scott Spurlock (Sr., Stow, Ohio) kill tied the game at 15. At 16-all, Rooney produced a kill and ace serve to open an 18-16 lead. A Wauligman kill cut the lead to one at 18-17, but a Mayer kill and a Parfitt-Hein block gave the Waves a three-point lead at 20-17. Two Wauligman kills cut the lead to 20-19. At 21-20, a Parfitt kill and an OSU error took the lead back to three at 23-20. At 24-21, a Wave error and a Cole kill cut the lead again to one at 24-23. At 25-24, an OSU error and an ace serve by Rooney put Pepperdine up 27-24. At 28-25, a Pepperdine service error cut the margin to 28-26. A Hein kill at 29-26 set match point and Rooney, with a kill, ended the game at 30-26. The Waves hit .432 for the game to .286 for Ohio State.

Pepperdine hit .376 for the match to .211 for Ohio State. The Buckeyes did have a 49-46 advantage in kills while the Waves had a six to three margin in ace serves. OSU gave up 12 service errors to 11 for the Waves. Defensively, Ohio State had a 40-34 margin in digs with Pepperdine’s James Ka recording a match-high 12 digs. OSU’s Conor Martin (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) had a team-high 11 digs for Ohio State. At the net, Pepperdine had a 10.5 to 3.0 advantage in team blocks. Hulse produced a match-high six assist blocks for the Waves. Buckeye setter Daniel Mathews (Fr., Shorewood, Wis.) recorded a match-high 43 assists while Winder had 40 for the Waves.

Pepperdine advances to the NCAA National Championship match Saturday at 11 p.m. ET against UCLA (26-5), 3-0 (30-20, 30-24, 30-27) winner over Penn State (30-4) in the first semifinal. The Championship match will be carried live by ESPN2.

Pete Hanson, Ohio State head coach
Pepperdine is a great volleyball team. They played well. They deserve to win. I liked the way we played tonight. We played a good match, games two and three. Pepperdine is a quality team.

About the final
It will be a great match. It will come down to who can impose their will on the other team. Pepperdine will have to find a way to handle UCLA’s jump serve. It will be a toss up.

About not having a big run
Pepperdine did not allow a big run. It’s tough to string points against them. Pepperdine had only 8 spike errors. They didn’t make many errors. They’re solid. They always have their go-to guy to hit where the other team can’t return. That’s the quality of a four-time All-American.

On putting themselves in a hole in Game #1
Nerves. We have nobody who has been here the past four years. They’re the #1 team in the country. People penciled in the teams for the finals. That’s motivation for our guys to play hard to disprove that.

OSU Senior Scott Spurlock
On Rooney
He doesn’t make errors. Sean gets up and hits above the block and attack the weakness of the blocker. >{? Marv Dunphy, Pepperdine head coach
Talking about UCLA
We know each other well. We will try to do things that maximize our strengths.

Both of our teams are different, and they evolved.

We have won some close matches, and that says a lot about who we are and where we are.

Talking about early this season
I was not sure about how good we were Hulse had not played much, Sean Rooney had knee surgery last year, John Mayer had switched positions (from setter to opposite) and we had a freshman setter. It was like taking the outfield and moving it to the infield.

I think it is hard to change mechanics and behavior, and these guys did it.

About Rooney’s serve
He was average in serving. Now he is hitting, and hitting with some heat.

Jonathan Winder, Pepperdine freshman setter
We’re pretty excited for the opportunity to be here. We are where we want to be. Sean Rooney and Andy Hein can pretty much put away anything I put up there. I don’t have to work as hard with those two guys in there.

Talking about UCLA
They have a lot of guys with a lot experience. They are going to bring it on their home court. Serve receive will be a big issue against the Bruins.

Sean Rooney, Pepperdine senior outside hitter
Having been here before will be something we will be ready for.

Pauley Pavilion is a great place to play. It has a high ceiling and it enables a chance to run down a lot of balls. The more fans the better, whether they are rooting for or against us.

We will have to receive serve well against UCLA to win.

Talking about UCLA
UCLA made Penn State play from behind the entire match. They are a great serving team and can get teams into trouble really quickly.

Volleyball Box Score 2005 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball #1 Pepperdine vs #9 Ohio State (May 05, 2005 at UCLA)

Pepperdine | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN ## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS ———————————————————————————— 3 Andy Hein……….. 3| 6 0 11 .545| 0| 2 3| 0| 3| 0 4 1| 0| 10.0 11 John Mayer………. 3| 6 0 15 .400| 1| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 1 1| 0| 6.5 12 Sean Rooney……… 3| 19 4 42 .357| 1| 4 3| 0| 3| 0 5 0| 0| 25.5 14 Tom Hulse……….. 3| 3 0 3 1.000| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 6 0| 0| 6.0 15 Jonathan Winder….. 3| 1 0 2 .500| 40| 0 1| 0| 9| 0 4 0| 0| 3.0 16 Jon Parfitt……… 3| 11 4 28 .250| 0| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 1 0| 0| 11.5 9 James Ka………… 3| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 0| 3| 12| 0 0 1| 0| 0.0 10 Tanner Sutherland… 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0 ———————————————————————————— Totals………….. 3| 46 8 101 .376| 43| 6 11| 3| 34| 0 21 3| 0| 62.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.5 Game K E TA Pct 1 11 2 22 .409 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS 2 17 4 42 .310 Pepperdine………. (3) 30 31 30 24-2 3 18 2 37 .432 Ohio State………. (0) 16 29 26 24-8

Ohio State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN ## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS ———————————————————————————— 4 Mathews, Daniel….. 3| 2 1 7 .143| 43| 0 2| 0| 5| 0 0 2| 0| 2.0 8 Greaves, Mark……. 3| 14 8 30 .200| 1| 2 4| 2| 5| 0 0 0| 0| 16.0 11 Spurlock, Scott….. 3| 7 1 14 .429| 1| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 1| 8.0 12 Cole, Andy………. 3| 12 8 35 .114| 1| 1 0| 0| 7| 0 2 1| 1| 14.0 13 Wauligman, Mike….. 3| 8 3 16 .312| 2| 0 1| 2| 9| 0 1 1| 0| 8.5 14 Dreven, Layne……. 3| 6 3 11 .273| 0| 0 4| 0| 1| 0 1 1| 0| 6.5 1 Meske, Dan………. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 2| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0 2 Katz, Stuart…….. 1| 0 1 1-1.000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0 9 Stevens, Sam…….. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0 15 Martin, Conor……. 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 2| 11| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0 ———————————————————————————— Totals………….. 3| 49 25 114 .211| 48| 3 12| 6| 40| 0 6 5| 2| 55.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 3.0 Game K E TA Pct 1 13 12 36 .028 Site: UCLA (Pauley Pavilion) 2 20 7 43 .302 Date: May 05, 2005 Attend: 5125 Time: 1:35 3 16 6 35 .286 Referees: Mike O’Connor, Rick Olmstead NCAA Championship Semifinal, Los Angeles, Calif.

1 2 3 Total Tie scores 0 20 8 28 Lead changes 0 7 4 11