The set-up was similar and the outcome was the same, but the journey was a little different – and quicker – for the IPFW men’s volleyball team.
Just like the two previous times against Ohio State this year, the Mastodons won the first two sets in the MIVA quarterfinals Saturday needing just one more to close things out.
Before, that final set had to wait as the Buckeyes rallied to win sets No. 3 and No. 4 to make IPFW sweat out two five-setters.
But on Saturday at the Gates Center, there wasn’t as much perspiration as the fourth-seeded Mastodons closed the match out in a 3-0 sweep, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19, over the No. 5 Buckeyes to keep their season alive.
“The important part this time was we knew we couldn’t play around with them, and we had to start out strong,” IPFW sophomore Andrew Sellan said. “In the beginning of the third set, we had some big points. We call them real points, that’s where we get points off our serve, and we can continue to take advantage of them.
“We were fired up, and we had a big crowd. We knew it’s tournament time. We look at it as those two wins were last season.”
IPFW (21-6) advances to play at top-seeded Loyola of Chicago (25-1) in the MIVA semifinals Wednesday.
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