Men’s volleyball bounced from NCAA semis in five

Ohio State outlasted UCLA in the NCAA semifinals Thursday night, using a late run and clutch hitting to win in five sets 22-25, 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 18-16.

After winning the fourth set stave off elimination, UCLA, playing in its first national semifinal since 2006 when it won the championship, built an 8-5 lead in the fifth set. But Ohio State came back with a 5-1 run to take the lead 10-9.

The No. 2 Bruins inched ahead late, getting three match points, but each time, Ohio State was up to the task. Twice, the No. 3 Buckeyes answered with kills, while UCLA gave one away on a service error. The Bruins had 26 service errors on the match to just five aces, while Ohio State had 20 service errors to nine aces.

The Buckeyes needed only one match point to win it as national player of the year Nicolas Szerszen hit a vicious ace to send Ohio State to the national final, where they will face No. 1 BYU.

Jake Arnitz led UCLA with 18 kills. J.T. Hatch had 13 kills and 12 digs. Mitch Stahl had 11 kills and four block assists. Oliver Martin had 11 kills, three solo blocks and two block assists.

  • j metaphor

    Bad news to lose to any team not on the West Coast especially when we had two match points.
    TNN, who do we graduate this year?

    • Thuc Nhi Nguyen

      Looks like only two seniors (Jake Reeves and John Zappia). They combined for only 19 sets played, so it was a pretty young team. Hatch and Arnitz are both sophomores. Micah Ma’a just a freshman.

      • j metaphor

        Thanks and welcome back.

  • Hogsman

    Don’t know if you watched any of the match, but OSU’s servers were much better than ours – way harder to return than ours. BYU will probably win it all, anyways.