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NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships
By: UCLA Athletics

May 5, 2005

Pepperdine Quotes

Jonathan Winder, Pepperdine freshman setter
Pretty excited for the opportunity to be here. We are where we want to be. Sean Rooney and Andy Hein can pretty much put away anything I put up there. I don't have to work as hard with those two guys in there.

Talking about UCLA
They have a lot of guys with a lot experience. They are going to bring it on their home court. Serve receive will be a big issue against the Bruins.

Sean Rooney, Pepperdine senior outside hitter
Having been here before will be something we will be ready for.

Pauley Pavilion is a great place to play. It has a high ceiling and it enables a chance to run down a lot of balls. The more fans the better, whether they are rooting for or against us.

We will have to receive serve well against UCLA to win.

Talking about UCLA
UCLA made Penn State play from behind the entire match. They are a great serving team and can get teams into trouble really quickly.

Marv Dunphy, Pepperdine head coach

Talking about UCLA
We know each better well. We will try to do things that maximize our strengths.

Both of our teams are different, and they evolved.

We have won some close matches, and that says a lot about who we are and where we are.

Talking about early this season
I was not sure about how good we were were. Hulse had not played much, Sean Rooney had knee surgery last year, John Mayer had switched positions (from setter to opposite) and we had a freshman setter. It was like taking the outfield and moving it to the infield.

I think it is hard to change mechanics and behavior, and these guys did it.

About Rooney's serve
He was average in serving. Now he is hitting, and hitting with some heat.

Ohio State Quotes

Pete Hanson, Ohio State head coach
Pepperdine is a great volleyball team. They played well. They deserve to win. I liked the way we played tonight. We played a good match, games two and three. Pepperdine is a quality team.

About the final
It will be a great match. It will come down to who can impose their will on the other team. Pepperdine will have to find a way to handle UCLA's jump serve. It will be a toss up.

About not having a big run
Pepperdine did not allow a big run. It's tough to string points against them. Pepperdine had only 8 spike errors. They didn't make many errors. They're solid. They always have their go-to guy to hit where the other team can't return. That's the quality of a four-time All-American.

Scott Spurlock on Rooney
He doesn't make errors. Sean gets up and hits above the block and attack the weakness of the blocker.

On the putting themselves in a hole in Game #1
Nerves. We have nobody who has been here the past four years. They're the #1 team in the country. People penciled in the teams for the finals. That's motivation for our guys to play hard to disprove that.

EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Jan 03
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
25-19, 25-15, 25-14
Tuesday, Jan 05
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
25-23, 25-12, 25-20
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Jan 08
at Penn State
University Park, PA
(25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8)
Friday, Jan 15
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Saturday, Jan 16
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(25-18, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
(27-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Monday, Jan 25
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-23, 25-16)
Wednesday, Jan 27
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13)
Friday, Jan 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
(20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Friday, Feb 05
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25)
Saturday, Feb 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9)
Thursday, Feb 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:00 AM PST
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Feb 24 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, Mar 07 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 7:00 PM PST
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 07 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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