BYU Ends Season in NCAA Title Match

Final 2017 MPSF Volleyball Release

Final 2017 MPSF Volleyball Stats

NCAA Championship

Saturday, May 6; 7:00 pm ET

Host: Ohio State

St. John Arena; Columbus, OH


No. 1 seed Ohio State 3, No. 3 seed BYU 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22)

Recap by BYU

COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 3 seed BYU men's volleyball fell to No. 1 seed Ohio State in straight sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) Saturday night at St. John Arena in the national championship match.

"Congrats to Ohio State on an outstanding season," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "They definitely played a better volleyball match than we did tonight. I feel for these guys. I wish it was a different result, but it's not. How we handle these losses will show a lot about us as a team."

Jake Langloisled the Cougars with eight kills.Leo Durkincontributed 24 assists andBen Patchadded six kills and three aces.

Ohio State (32-2) got off to a 5-2 lead in the first set after a few miscues from BYU (26-5). The Cougars then went on a 5-1 run to take a 7-6 advantage, but the Buckeyes countered with a 10-2 rally to go back up 16-9. A Langlois kill helped BYU go on a 5-1 run to get back within five, trailing 20-15. Ohio State closed out the set 25-19, however, on a Cougar service error.

Three kills fromTim Dobberthelped keep BYU in the second set, trailing 8-7 early. The Buckeyes then went on a 5-1 run to take a 13-8 lead. A 4-0 Ohio State run gave it an 18-11 advantage, forcing a Cougar timeout. Patch picked up three aces at the service line for BYU, bringing the Cougars back within three, down 21-18. The rally proved too late as the Buckeyes took the set 25-20 on a BYU attack error.

A Langlois overpass kill got things started in the third set. The teams traded shots back-and-forth as aBrenden Sanderkill gave the Cougars a 10-9 edge. AKiril Meretevace kept BYU within one, down 16-15, but a 7-3 Ohio State run ensued to give it a 23-18 lead. With Patch at the service line, the Cougars scored consecutive points on overpass kills to get back within two, 23-21. Again, the rally wasn't enough as the Buckeyes won the set and match 25-22.

Thursday, May 4

Host: Ohio State

St. John Arena; Columbus, OH

NCAA Semifinal # 1

BYU 3, Long Beach State 0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-23)

Recap by BYU

Brenden Sander helped No. 3 seed BYU men's volleyball upset No. 2 seed Long Beach State in straight sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-23) Thursday night at St. John Arena to advance to the national championship match of the NCAA Tournament.

"First of all, a huge congrats to Long Beach on their spectacular season," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "I'm pretty speechless with this group of guys. Sometimes in coaching I get caught up in watching these guys compete. Just the performance that these guys put in tonight was incredible."

Sander led the Cougars with a season-high tying 15 kills on a .619 clip. Leo Durkin set the team with 34 assists and Erik Sikes had eight digs. Jake Langlois contributed four aces and Tim Dobbert had 11 kills in the win.

Long Beach State (27-4) got off to a 4-1 lead in the first set against BYU (26-4), but the Cougars scored the next five-straight points to go up 6-4. BYU stayed ahead until a 3-1 spurt from the 49ers evened the score at 9-all. Sander's fifth hit and kill helped the Cougars take a 16-13 advantage, and consecutive Long Beach State attack errors extended the BYU lead to four at 20-16. The Cougars cruised from there, taking the set 25-20 on another Sander kill.

Back-to-back-to-back aces from Langlois helped BYU get off to a 5-2 start in the second set. The Cougars were up by as many as four at 8-4 until the 49ers stormed back to get within one, down 10-9. A 4-1 Cougar run followed, capped off by a Joseph Grosh kill, to re-extend BYU's advantage to four at 14-10. An ace from Wil Stanley forced Long Beach State into a timeout with the Cougars up 21-15. BYU then took the set 25-18 on a Grosh kill.

Sander got the third set started with an ace, but the 49ers came out strong after that, going up 9-5 on an ace. A trio of kills from Dobbert helped BYU get back within two, down 11-9, and a Sander kill kept the Cougars within striking distance trailing 15-12. An out-of-system kill from Dobbert forced a timeout from Long Beach State with the 49ers leading 19-17. BYU then tied the score at 22 following a Dobbert kill and block. A Langlois ace gave the Cougars set point and a final Sander kill ended the set and match 25-23.

NCAA Semifinal # 2

Ohio State 3, Hawaii 0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19)

Recap by UH

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team saw its incredible season come to an end to the hands of defending national champion Ohio State, Thursday in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship at St. John Arena. Set scores were 25-23, 25-18, 25-19.

The Rainbow Warriors (27-6) were trying to reach their third national title match but instead saw their season come to an end in the semifinals for the second time in program history. The Buckeyes (31-2) advances to the title match where they will meet Brigham Young, a straight-set winner over second-seeded Long Beach State.

UH was led by opposite Stijn van Tilburg, who finished with a match-high 13 kills. In their last match, senior outside hitter Kupono Fey capped his career with nine kills and a match-high eight digs while setter Jennings Franciskovic recorded a match-high 32 assists with two digs, a service ace and the team's lone block of the game. Fellow senior Hendrik Mol got the start after missing the team's last match against Penn State due to injury. He tallied five kills and a dig.

The nation's leader in blocking, the Warriors managed only one block in the match, compared to 9.5 for the Buckeyes. OSU also won the battle at the service line with six aces including five by Nicolas Szerszen, four of which occurred in the second set.

In the first set, OSU tallied 5.5 blocks before the media timeout to take a 15-11 lead. UH closed to within one at 20-19 after consecutive kills by Mol and van Tilburg and tied it at 22 after an OSU hitting error. But back-to-back kills gave the Buckeyes set point. After a UH point, OSU benefited on a questionable no-call on a double contact to take the first set.

With the score tied at 8-8 in Set 2, the Buckeyes scored seven straight behind the powerful serving by Szerszen, who ripped four aces during that run. OSU tallied three more blocks to lead by as much as eight before the Warriors inched to within five at 22-17. But the Buckeyes scored three of the final four points to take the set a 2-0 lead in the match.

Szerszen's fifth ace gave the Buckeyes a 10-6 lead in Set 3. The Buckeyes held a cushion until Franciskovic's ace pulled UH to within 18-14. Soon afterwards van Tilburg buried his 13th kill of the match to keep their deficit to four points. But Ohio State then scored three straight points to pull ahead, 22-15 from which the Rainbow Warriors could not recover from.