May 4, 2001
Recap| Box Score
Long Beach, Calif. – UCLA vs. Ohio State Quotes
UCLA Head Coach Al Scates: (Opening Comment)
“I thought we had good balance tonight. Three people were in double-figure kills which is what we like to do. Adam was on tonight. We challenged their block and we hit better than they did which was the difference in the match.”
(On losing game 3)
“(Ohio State) served a lot harder and we had trouble keeping the ball in. We let down sometimes after winning the first two games.”
(On who he would rather face in the final)
“I’d like to face BYU. They are the only team that beat us who we have not had a chance to beat yet.”
Quick Hitter Adam Naeve: (On getting sets)
“I kept telling Rich to set me high and I’ll put ’em away. I try to challenge the block as much as possible.”
Outside Hitter Mark Williams: (on not sweeping)
“I’m just happy to win. You would rather sweep, but I’m not worried about it at all.”
Ohio State (finishes its season at 21-7, lost to UCLA in 2000 NCAA Final)
Head Coach Pete Hanson (opening comment on UCLA’s prowess):
“They’re clearly one of the better teams we’ve played this year, no doubt about it. They’re certainly a little bit bigger in the middle. And when they pass the ball well, obviously, their middles attack for a high percentage.”
Hanson (on winning game three and avoiding a sweep by UCLA):
“I think our serving got real good all of a sudden and we kind of relaxed and played. The nerves wore off a little bit and we got the ball in the right position on the serve and those guys made some reception errors (four in game three).If we could have kept going into the fourth game, who knows what could have happened.” Outside Hitter Pieter Olree (on UCLA’s digging prowess):
“I don’t think that dig any better, they probably scout teams a little better.They can pick out tendencies. They’re prepared for any team.
(On Ohio State not overcoming seven service errors in game four):
“It stopped the momentum, a little bit anyway, but we were out there trying to serve tough and trying to make something happen,” added Olree.
Outside Hitter Chris Fash (on winning in some key statistics, but it not being enough):
“We outserved them, we outblocked them. I think the consistency was the biggest thing tonight. We’re going to be up and down, it’s true of any young team, but you look at the numbers, a few plays, it could have been different.