April 28, 2000
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Number one seed Ohio State (23-3) came away with a tough 3-0 (15-9, 15-11, 16-14) win over fifth seed Ball State (16-15) in the MIVA Tournament Semifinals held in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will face second seed Indiana-Purdue at 7 p.m. Saturday night for the MIVA Tournament Championship. The winner receives the Midwest berth in the NCAA Championship next week in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Indiana-Purdue (21-7) advanced to the championship match with a 3-2 (15-11, 15-5, 10-15, 9-15, 15-10) win over third seed Lewis (21-11).
Ohio State had four players score double-figure kills in the match with Chris Fash recording a match-high 23 kills. Pieter Olree added 16, Colin McMillan 13 and Rene Esteves 10. Brian Hughes had a team-high 17 kills for Ball State with Doug Market and Tom Tegethoff adding 14 each.
The Buckeyes opened game one with a 4-0 lead off three Cardinal errors and an ace serve by Olree. After a Market kill made it 4-1, a Ball State error and an ace serve by Jose Rivera put OSU ahead 6-1. After a Cardinal time out, Ball State responded with five consecutive points on two OSU errors, two kills by Jeff Robertson and an ace serve by Market to tie the game at six. Ball State went ahead 7-6 off an OSU error but two Rivera kills and one by Angel Aja gave OSU a 9-7 lead. A Ball State error made the score 10-7. A Hughes kill closed the lead to 10-8 but two BSU errors put the OSU lead at 12-8.Matt Denmark’s kill closed the OSU lead to 12-9. Kills by Esteves and Olree set game point for OSU at 14-9. A Hughes side out kill stopped game point one but a Greg Lehman (in for an injured Rivera) sided the ball back to the Buckeyes what an Esteves kill ended the game at 15-9. Ohio State hit .413 for the game to .311 for Ball State. Esteves had seven kills in nine swings for the game for OSU while Hughes topped Ball State with six kills. Ohio State took a 3-0 lead in game two on two BSU errors and an Olree kill. Two Buckeye errors cut the lead to 3-2 but a Ball State error, a block by McMillan and Fash and a Fash kill put OSU ahead 6-2. An OSU error closed the margin to 6-3 and a Tegethoff kill made it 6-4. The score went to 7-4 on an Aja kill but two kills by Tegethoff closed the margin to 7-6. A BSU error put OSU up 8-6. An OSU error and an ace serve by Robertson tied the game at eight. Two OSU errors and a Ball State error made the score 10-9. A Robertson kill tied the game at ten. A Fash kill and a Cardinal error gave the Buckeyes a 12-10 lead. The lead went to 13-10 on a Ball State error and an OSU error made it 13-11. A Cardinal error set game point at 14-11. A Buckeye service error sided out on the first game point. A McMillan kill returned the serve to OSU. A Hughes kill stopped the second OSU game point but a service error by Ball State returned the ball to the Buckeyes. OSU closed the game with a block by Esteves and Lehman to closed the game at 15-11. Ohio State hit .324 for the game to .098 for Ball State. OSU had six total blocks in the game with McMillan recording three assist blocks and picking up a team-high five kills with Fash. Tegethoff and Market had four kills each for Ball State.
With a 1-1 tied in game three, a kill by Olree put OSU up 2-1 but a Buckeye error tied the game at two. A BSU error put OSU ahead 3-2 but an OSU error tied the game at three. Ball State went ahead 4-3 on a Tegethoff kill, but an Esteves kill tied the game at four. Ball State took a 5-4 lead on an OSU error and a Tegethoff kill pushed the lead to 6-4 as OSU called time out. A kill by Olree and a BSU error tied the game at six. The Cardinals went ahead 9-6 on two OSU errors and a Hughes kill. A Rivera kill and two Cardinal errors tied the game at nine. Following a Ball State time out, another Cardinal error gave OSU a 10-9 lead. The game was tied at 10 on a Market kill. An Esteves kill and a BSU error put Ohio State ahead 12-10. An OSU error closed the margin to 12-11. A Rivera kill put the Buckeyes up 13-11, but two OSU errors tied the game at 13. On a Buckeye error, Ball State took a 14-13 lead and was serving game point. Kills by Fash and Olree stopped game points one and two. A Fash kill tied the game at 14. After an exchange of side outs, Olree’s kill put Ohio State at game/match point at 15-14. A Mark Lau kill stopped the first match point. The Buckeyes had a service error on its second match point, but the third, a kill by Olree, closed the game at 16-14. The Buckeyes hit .393 for the game to .318 for Ball State. Fash had 12 kills in the game with Olree adding nine. Hughes contributed eight kills and Market six for Ball State in the game.
For the match, Ohio State hit .382 to .257 for Ball State. OSU had a 79 to 67 margin in kills. The Buckeyes collected 14 total blocks to six for Ball State. McMillan had a match-high eight assist blocks for OSU. OSU had a 46-32 margin in digs with Olree recording a match-high 12. Aja had 67 assists and became OSU’s all-time career leader with 6,591.
MIVA Semifinals Game 2 – Ball State vs. Ohio State Quotes
Ball State head coach Joel Walton
“We have to get better at scoring points. We’ve had that problem all year long, especially against good teams like Ohio State. We also have to get better defensively.
“I thought Chris Fash played a nice match against us, and Olree came through in the clutch for them.
“Ohio State is a nice team and they’ve shown that the last couple of years. If we can learn from this match, it’s that we need to play to play consistent and sustain a high level of play like they do.”
Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson
“I like the way we came out of the gate. We talked in the lockerroom that Ball State would come out with a lot of energy and reckless abandon and would feel they had nothing to lose. We had to match that energy to get through.
“We served aggressively and attacked aggressively. We blocked well early on, but weren’t as good down the stretch. We lost our focus, but I don’t view that as a big problem.
“We had some nervous energy coming out and some guys were hitting shots that weren’t normal for them. But we played through it and got through the match. The good thing I saw in the last game was that after we lost the lead and had our backs against the wall, our guys stepped up and made some great plays.
(On Saturday night’s match with IPFW) “Somebody on the team put the word “WAR” on the wall. And that’s what it’s going to be. There will be two heavyweights slugging it out. Each team wants to be the last man standing. Our guys are ready.”