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Long Beach State, UCLA advance to volleyball championship

So much for the “rust” factor.

Despite not having played in almost two weeks, Long Beach State looked razor sharp early on its way to ending Ohio State’s reign as NCAA men’s volleyball champion with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-27, 32-30 semifinal victory Thursday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion.

Coach Alan Knipe welcomed the 12 days off, a reward for winning the inaugural Big West Conference regular-season and tournament titles while earning the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA championships. Given more time to prepare, the 49ers seemingly had all the answers against a squad seeking its third straight crown.

“We got to see tonight why they put two national...

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