Three MPSF Teams in NCAA Semifinals

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NCAA Semifinal # 1

Thursday, May 4; 6:00 pm (ET)

Host: Ohio State

St. John Arena; Columbus, OH

Long Beach State vs. BYU

NCAA Semifinal # 2

Thursday, May 4; 8:00 pm (ET)

Host: Ohio State

St. John Arena; Columbus, OH

Hawaii at Ohio State

NCAA Play-In # 1:

BYU 3, Barton 0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-15)

Recap by BYU

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A strong block at the net helped No. 3 seed BYU men's volleyball sweep No. 6 seed Barton (25-19, 25-11, 25-15) Tuesday night at St. John Arena to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

"Congrats to Barton College on an outstanding season," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "A huge congrats to our guys as well. It was a nice team effort tonight. We did a good job from the service line and a great job attacking. We can still improve our passing so we're going to work on that, but overall, a great team performance from our guys."

Brenden Sander led the Cougars with 11 kills on a .409 clip to go with a career-high eight blocks. Price Jarman and Joseph Grosh had six and five blocks, respectively. Jake Langlois had seven kills and Tim Dobbert added six kills before being subbed out midway through the second set. Leo Durkin set the team with 20 assists and had a career-high tying three aces. Ben Patch had a career-high five aces in the win.

Langlois gave BYU (25-4) its first two points of the first set off of kills to even the score against Barton (23-6) 2-2. The contest remained close until a block from Dobbert, Durkin and Grosh gave the Cougars an 11-8 lead. A Dobbert kill extended the advantage to four at 17-13, and a Grosh overpass kill forced a Bulldog timeout with BYU up 19-14. Sander then served up the first ace of the night at set point to give the Cougars a 25-19 win.

Back-to-back Durkin aces helped put BYU ahead 8-1 to start the second set. Barton began to chip away at the lead, collecting consecutive kills from Aleksa Brkovic, to make it 11-5, Cougars. BYU countered with a 4-0 run, however, to go up by double-digits at 15-5. The Cougars cruised from there to the end of the set, winning 25-11 on a Grosh kill.

The third set started close as a Patch ace helped BYU to a 7-4 lead early. The Bulldogs scored the next four points, though, to take an 8-7 edge. The Cougars fought back to go up 14-11 on a Sander kill. Three-straight aces from Patch extended the lead to six at 20-14, and a Wil Stanley, Christian Rupert and Sander block ended the set and match 25-15.

The Cougars return to St. John Arena Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. EDT, to face off against No. 2 seed Long Beach State. The match will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

NCAA Play-in # 2

Hawaii 3, Penn State 2 (23-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-14, 15-4)

Recap by UH

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The fourth-seeded University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team kicked it into high gear in the fourth and fifth set to pull away from fifth-seeded Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA Championship, 23-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-14, 15-4 at the St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Hawai'i tied their season-high with 17.5 total blocks and outscored Penn State,31-to-11 over the final two sets with UH closingout the win on an 8-0 run on Tuesday night. With the win, Hawai'i advances to play host and top-seed Ohio State in the semifinals Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Rainbow Warriors improved to 27-5 overall, tying the school's all-time single-season record for most wins. Penn State fell to 22-11.

Sophomore outside hitter Stijn van Tilburg led Hawai'i with 20 kills and added seven digs and six blocks, while fellow sophomore outside Brett Rosenmeier added 13 kills, nine digs, and a career-high six blocks. Senior setter Jennings Franciskovic dished out 49 assists with five kills, seven digs, five blocks and a service ace. Sophomore libero Larry Tuileta recorded a match-high 10 digs and had two assists in the match.

But it was freshman Austin Matautia who came off the bench to spark the Rainbow Warriors when they needed it in the second set. Matautia finished the match hitting a match- and career-high .778 hitting percentage with seven kills and no errors in nine attacks. He also contributed with a block an assist and a service ace and he served the final seven points of the fifth set en route to the win.

As a team, the Rainbow Warriors were even in kills but Penn State committed 35 attack errors to UH's 24 and the 'Bows out-hit the Nittany Lions, .276-to-.143. Hawai'i also had the advange in digs, 39-to-33 and blocks 17.5-to-11.0.

Early in Set 1, the Lions took a 10-6 lead before the Warriors responded with five unanswered. PSU then used a 6-2 run for a 17-14 lead but UH answered back to tie it at 18. The game was tied five more times until the Lions closed it out by blocking Brett Rosenmeier on set point.

In Set 2, the Warriors jumped out to a 12-7 lead. The Lions erased that deficit by using a 12-4 run to take a 19-16 lead. The Warriors trailed 23-20 but scored three straight including a stuff block on Mende to tie it. UH sent it to overtime with van Tilburg's 11th kill and erased a second set point with a kill by Rosenmeier. The Warriors rejected Albrecht giving them their first set point and Albrecht hit wide to end it as UH used a set-ending 8-2 run.

PSU surged ahead 11-9 in Set 3. At 16-14, the Lions out-scored the Warriors 9-3 the rest of the set to win going away 25-17.

But the 'Bows would battle back in the fourth. UH jumped out to an early 8-4 lead and then extended the lead to 14-8 by scoring three unanswered. UH then ran away with it scoring six-straight including an ace by Joe Worsley for a 22-12 lead. Hawai'i as a team out-hit the Nittany Lions, .474-to-.000 in the set and would go on to win the fourth set, 25-14.

In the fifth set, it was a race to 15 with the Rainbow Warriors dominating at the net, hitting .583 to Penn State's -.190 in the final set. Hawai'i scored the first three quick points off Penn State hitting errors which resulted in a Nittany Lion timeout. Hawai'i extended its lead to 6-1 on back-to-back kills by Franciskovic and another PSU hitting error forcing the Nittany Lions to call their second timeout even before the changeover. Hawai'i scored the last eight-straight points behind the serving of Matautia for the win, 15-4.

The match was a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Play-In match won by the Nittany Lions in Stanford, Calif. Hawai'i now holds a 3-2 edge over Penn State in all-time NCAA tournament matches.

In the day's other opening round match, third-seeded BYU defeated Barton, 25-19, 25-11, 25-15 to advance to the semifinals against Long Beach State