Historical stats, notes from Long Beach State beating UCLA in NCAA finals

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Long Beach State and UCLA playing in the NCAA Tournament finals lived up to the all the hype and set several records in the process.

Check out historical notes and stats to know from Long Beach State’s five-game victory against UCLA on Saturday to win the NCAA championship.

Stats and historical notes

— Long Beach State is the 10th program win multiple NCAA men’s volleyball championships.

— Long Beach State’s became the fourth person in NCAA men’s volleyball history to win a national championship as both a player and a coach. Knipe joins a list that features UCLA coach John Speraw, former Pepperdine coach Rod Wilde and former USC coach Bob Yoder.

— Long Beach State’s Josh Tuaniga became the first setter to be named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player since Ohio State’s Steven Kehoe in 2011. He also is the first player win the National Player of the Year and the NCAA Tournament Tournament Most Outstanding Player in the same year since Stanford setter Kawika Shoji in 2010.

— Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco and UCLA opposite Christian Hessenauer became the first players since 2015 to have both double-digit kills and digs in the NCAA Tournament finals.

— This was the first time that both teams finished the NCAA Tournament finals with more than a .300 attack percentage during the 25-point rally scoring era.

— This was the sixth time during the rally scoring era that a NCAA Tournament finals went to a decisive fifth game. It also was the 16th time in the entire history of the NCAA Tournament finals.

— This is the second consecutive time that UCLA has lost in a NCAA Tournament finals played at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins before 2005 had been 9-0 in championship matches played on their home court.

— UCLA coach John Speraw for his career is now one of the few people in volleyball history — if not the only person — to win and lose a NCAA Tournament finals both as a player and coach.

— Long Beach State opposite Kyle Ensing finished with a team-high 20 kills in the NCAA Tournament finals. Ensing became the first player during the 25-point rallying scoring era to have at least 20 kills in both the VolleyFour and the NCAA Tournament finals.

— Daenan Gyimah finished with a match-high 21 kills in the loss to Long Beach State. That was the fourth-most kills for any player during the NCAA Tournament finals in the 25-point rally scoring era. It also was the most kills for a middle attacker in a NCAA Tournament match during the 25-point rally scoring era.

— UCLA outside attacker Dylan Missry with six aces doubled the NCAA Tournament finals record for aces during the 25-point rally scoring era. Ensing with four aces also broke the previous record.

— UCLA with 26 service errors in the finals tied the record most service errors in a NCAA Tournament match during the 25-point rally scoring era.

— UCLA had more than 20 service errors all three of its NCAA Tournament matches. In addition, two of those matches are among the top five for most service errors in a NCAA Tournament match during the 25-point rally scoring era.

— Long Beach State set the NCAA Tournament finals 25-point rally scoring era record with nine aces. it also tied for the third-most aces in a NCAA Tournament match during this era.

— UCLA setter Micah Ma’a had 52 assists in the loss to Long Beach State, which tied for the third-most assists in a NCAA Tournament finals during the 25-point rally scoring era.

— The attendance of 7,248 people was the third highest attendance for the NCAA Tournament finals since 2000.