Anteaters Fall In Five To Ohio State In NCAA Opening Round
Courtesy of UC Irvine Athletics Media Relations
UC Irvine suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss (19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 14-16) to Ohio State in an opening round match of the NCAA Championship at Pauley Pavilion Tuesday.
The Anteaters, who are making their seventh NCAA post-season appearance, end the season 21-10 overall.
"I'm really proud of the effort tonight and the work put together by these guys," head coach David Kniffin said. "Any time you come into a tournament, you want to demonstrate that you're championship-relevant, and anytime you're going deuce-game in the fifth, you're making that statement. We play the game to win and it's great to be on this stage, but this feels like unfinished business. I think there are some learning moments here for our guys."
Opposite Karl Apfelbach led the Anteaters with 15 kills and four blocks, while middle blocker Scott Stadick added 12 kills and a match-high seven total blocks. Middle blocker Matthew Younggren posted a career-high 11 kills without an error on 16 swings for a season-high .688 hitting percentage. Libero David Parker had a match-high 12 digs and setter Dante Chakravorti recorded 45 set assists and seven digs.