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Men's volleyball: Former OCC players win NAIA title

April 22, 2002

Former Orange Coast College men's volleyball standouts B.J.

Lightvoet, Nick Ptaschinski and Brad Evans helped lead William Woods

University to it first NAIA title in any sport after the Owls rallied

from two games down to win, 19-30, 29-31, 30-28, 30-22, 19-17, over

Lindenwood Saturday.

The Owls (31-4) overcame a 14-6 deficit in the fifth game. Lightvoet,

a Costa Mesa High product, served eight straight points to tie the game

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and the Owls later went on to defeat Lindenwood, 19-17.

Ptaschinski, a setter who had 71 assists in the win, was selected as

the National Tournament Most Valuable Player, while Lightvoet (26 kills)

earned all-tournament laurels.

Lightvoet and Ptaschinski shared Orange Empire Conference MVP honors

last year when they led the Pirates to an OEC title and a runner-up

finish in state. Evans was first-team All-OEC for the Pirates two years

ago.

-- by Steve Virgen

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