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Big Ten Network to rebroadcast Ohio State vs. UC Santa Barbara title match

July 20, 2011

A national cable network will rebroadcast Ohio State winning its first national championship.

The 2011 NCAA national championship match between Ohio State and UC Santa Barbara will be rebroadcasted at 7 p.m. (ET) Thursday on the Big Ten Network.

The No. 3 seed Ohio State defeated the No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara in five games in May to win its first national title in program history. With the victory, the Buckeyes also became the first Midwest men’s volleyball team to legally win a NCAA championship.

Outside attacker Shawn Sangrey had a match-high 30 kills against UC Santa Barbara. In addition, Ohio State setter Steven Kehoe was named the NCAA Tournament MVP as the Buckeyes out-hit the Gauchos .329 to .198.

Ohio State reached the NCAA Tournament after winning its fifth consecutive MIVA championship — the first team accomplish the feat since Ball State in the 1960s.

UC Santa Barbara entered the MPSF Tournament as the No. 7 seed and defeated three top five ranked teams to win the conference championship and advance to the Final Four.

In rematch of the MPSF Tournament championship match, UC Santa Barbara defeated the No. 1 seed USC in the NCAA semifinals. Ohio State beat the No. 2 seed Penn State in its semifinals match to reach the NCAA championship for the first time in 11 years.

The rebroadcast of the NCAA championship match is part of “Ohio State Day” on the Big Ten Network. The station will devote 12 hours of programming to the Buckeyes as part of “Ohio State Day.”

Among the other games that will be rebroadcasted during “Ohio State Day” includes the 2010 Rose Bowl between Ohio State and Oregon and the 2003 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament game between Ohio State and Iowa.

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