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).