No. 3 Long Beach State Sweeps No. 10 Ohio State

2/23/2008

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Columbus, Ohio - The third-ranked Long Beach State
men's volleyball team went on the road and won its
second consecutive match against Ohio State, this time
winning in three games 30-27, 30-27, 30-23. The 49ers
improve to 12-1 on the season while the Buckeyes fell
to 8-5.

Senior Paul Lotman led the way for Long Beach State
with 20 kills. Dean Bittner had 16 kills, six blocks
and six digs and Dan Alexander rounded out the offense
with 13 kills and five blocks. The 49ers hit .373
(58-16-102) in the match and out-blocked the Buckeyes
10.5-to-9.0. Libero Dustin Watten led the 49ers with
11 digs, his second double-figure dig effort of the
weekend.

Ohio State hit .302 (41-15-86) on the evening, but
hurt themselves with 13 service errors and no aces.
Brett Verson had 10 kills for the Buckeyes and Kevin
Heine and Brian Kues each tallied seven kills.

The 49ers began the evening by winning a close game
one. Leading just by one, at 28-27, the 49ers put the
game away with a Bittner kill and Alexander service
ace. Game two saw the 49ers break open a 7-6 lead with
a 6-1 run to take a 13-7 advantage. The Buckeyes
fought back to pull to within 25-24, but they couldn't
overtake the 49ers. Long Beach once again led 28-27
and put the game away with a kill by Alexander and a
block by Alexander and Bittner, winning game two
30-27.

Game three saw the 49ers rebound from a 15-14 deficit
with a 3-0 run to take a 17-15 lead, a lead it would
never relinquish. Up 22-21 the 49ers used another mini
run, this one a 4-0 spurt, to put the game out of
reach at 26-21. In that 4-0 run the 49ers got kills
from Bittner and Lotman, plus an Alexander service ace
and a Buckeye hitting error.

The 49ers are next in action on Friday, March 1 when
they host Cal State Northridge at 7 pm in the Gold Mine.

Article courtesy of Long Beach State athletics.

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