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03. 05. 2018

NCAA M: Ohio St. survive thriller against UC Irvine, UCLA outblock Harvard to advance to semis as well

Source: ohiostatebuckeyes.com, uclabruins.com; Photo: Isabelle Roy/Daily Bruin senior staff

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The titleholders Ohio State advanced to the Semifinals of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship after the First Round battle against UC Irvine that lasted for two hours and 25 minutes at UCLA’s home ground Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles.

 

The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association winners Ohio State Buckeyes (25-5) prevailed in a thrilling First Round match against the team that earned one of the two at-large bids for the Round of 6, UC Irvine Anteaters (21-10), by a 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 16-14).

The freshman opposite Jake Hanes tallied 30 points for Ohio State, including school-record 8 services aces. The junior opposite Karl Apfelbach scored 19 points for the UC Irvine, while sophomore middle blocker Scott Stadick made 6 kill blocks.

By advancing to the Semifinals, in which they will fight No.1 Long Beach State 49ers (26-1), the Buckeyes extended their postseason winning streak to 16 games.

In the other First Round clash, The Round of 6 hosts UCLA Bruins (25-7) scored a four-set victory over Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association winners Harvard Crimson (13-14), partially 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21.

The UCLA recorded 24 kill blocks as a team with Canadian sophomore Daenan Gyimah and senior opposite Christian Hessenauer making 6 kill blocks apiece. Hessenauer was the best scorer in his team with 29 points.

In the Semifinals, Bruins will face No.2 BYU Cougars (22-6).

 

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