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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.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 13-25)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25)
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23)
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21)
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Long Beach State
Provo, UT
(26-24, 28-26, 25-19)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Brigham Young
Provo, UT
(20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25)
Thursday, May 05
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-18)