MUNCIE, Ind. - - For the fourth time this season, Ball State men’s volleyball senior libero Billy Ebel (Lenexa, Kan./Bishop Miege H.S.) has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week, as announced today by the league office.
This is the first year for the league’s weekly defensive award, and Ebel leads all league players with four selections. IPFW’s Shaun Dryden and Ohio State’s Mik Berzins are tied for second with two awards each.
In the Cardinals’ two matches last week, Ebel racked up a team-leading 27 digs for a 3.38 digs-per-game average. He was also a perfect 41-for-41 in service reception attempts.
In last Thursday’s match versus No. 9 Penn State, Ebel collected a team-high 15 digs and went 29-for-29 in serve receive. In Saturday’s win at IPFW, Ebel led all players with 12 digs, while going 12-for-12 in serve receive.
Ebel enters the week ranked second in the league and seventh nationally with a 3.07 digs-per-game average. In league-only matches, Ebel’s 3.16 average also ranks second among MIVA players.
The No. 15 Ball State men’s volleyball team returns to action Tuesday, with it travels to Lewis for another pivotal MIVA showdown. The Cardinals enter the contest with a 5-4 league record, while the Flyers are 5-3 in MIVA play, including a 3-2 (30-23, 27-30, 34-32, 26-30, 15-13) win over BSU at Worthen Arena Feb. 26.