UCSB, USC End 2011 Season at NCAA Tournament

May 10, 2011

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No. 3 NCAA Seed and MIVA Conference Champion Ohio State (26-6 Overall) won its first men's volleyball national championship with a five set decision over MPSF Champion and No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara (18-15 Overall) last Saturday at University Park, PA. The Gauchos' remarkable postseason run ended following stunning victories at No. 2 BYU, No. 6 Long Beach State, and twice over top-ranked and No. 1 seed USC. In the NCAA final, Jeff Menzel picked up his lone double-double of the year with 12 kills and 10 digs, reaching the 500-kill milestone for the third straight year, totaling 506 as a senior. The first-team All-American wrapped up his career with 2,074 kills, third most in Gaucho history. Andy McGuire's 10 digs gave him 277 on the year, second-most for a single season in program history. All-Tournament selection Cullen Irons recorded a team-high 16 kills in the final. Scott Slaughter hit .583 with eight kills and seven blocks. Tournament MVP Steven Kehoe dished 65 assists, while Shawn Sangrey was unstoppable, slamming 30 kills (.389). Grayson Overman hit an errorless .800 (12-0-15).

No. 3 seed Ohio State defeated NCAA Tournament host and No. 2 seed and EIVA Conference Champion Penn State (24-7 Overall) in four sets. Four Buckeyes' were in double-digit kills, led by John Klanac's 16 at .333 hitting. Shawn Sangrey posted 15 kills and Jason Tobkin (.350) and Kevin Heine (.471) chipped in 11 apiece. Ohio State tallied 14.5 team blocks, holding Penn State to a .140 overall attack. The Lions' Joe Sunder posted a match-high 18 kills, while Nick Turko hit an errorless .438 (7-0-16). Dennis Del Valle picked up a match-high 10 digs.

No. 4 NCAA seed UC Santa Barbara advanced to its first NCAA Championship match since 1988, and fifth in program history, with a 3-1 upset over No. 1 and top-seed USC on the Penn State Campus. Sophomore Dylan Davis set an NCAA tournament record with an .882 hitting percentage on 15 kills and 17 swing without an error, also tying Irons' kill total for the night. Irons hit .520 (15-2-25). Trey Valbuena hit an errorless .800 (8-0-10). Vince Devany set 45 assists in leading a .394 team attack. Tri Bourne posted a match and career-high 20 kills, hitting .429 and Steven Shandrick added eight kills (.500) and a match-high eight blocks. Murphy Troy had 18 kills (.364) and seven blocks. The Trojans finish the year 23-4, their most wins since 1999.

Steven Kehoe (MVP), Ohio State
Shawn Sangrey, Ohio State
John Klanac, Ohio State
Joe Sunder, Penn State
Cullen Irons, UC Santa Barbara
Tri Bourne, USC
Murphy Troy, USC