No. 14 Ball State Men's Volleyball Makes It Three Straight, Sweeps Limestone

No. 14 Ball State Men's Volleyball Makes It Three Straight, Sweeps Limestone

MUNCIE, Ind. - - The 14th-ranked Ball State (5-3) men's volleyball team picked up its third straight win with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-15) sweep of Limestone (4-3) Saturday evening at Worthen Arena.

   Earlier in the day, Pfeiffer (4-2) scored a 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) victory over Mt. St. Joseph (1-5).

   In Saturday's night cap, the Cardinals continues their solid offensive play, racking up a .324 (37-13-74) hitting mark for the night. On defense, BSU limited the Saints to a .039 (27-24-77) hitting percentage.

   "We made a few attacking errors early in the match, but we were able to rebound and fight our way past a good team in Limestone," said Ball State head coach Joel Walton. "Offensively, we had two pretty good matches this weekend, hitting over .300 in each. I would love to see that offensive trend continue. However, going into league play next weekend, it will be tough to keep this level of success going against Lewis and IPFW who both have strong defenses."

   Redshirt junior outside attacker Dominic Spadavecchio (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd H.S.) paved the way for the team's high hitting mark, blasting seven kills on 10 swings with no errors for a .700 rate of success. Spadavecchio also tallied a match-best three service aces.

   Senior outside attacker Marcus Imwalle (Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local H.S.) also had a strong offensive showing, racking up a match-best 11 kills and a .333 (11-4-21) hitting mark.

   Sophomore right side Greg Herceg (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius H.S.) also collected seven kills, while tying for match-high honors with three blocks.

   In the backcourt, BSU freshman libero Tommy Rouse (Carmel, Ind./Catherdal H.S.) led all players with eight digs.

   Scott Schweihofer was Limestone's top attacker, collecting nine kills. Four Saints finished the night with a team-high four digs apiece.

   In addition to out-hitting Limestone, BSU held a 22-20 edge in digs and a 10-7 advantage in team blocks.

   The Cardinals scored four of the first five points in the opening frame, led by kills from Imwalle and Spadavecchio. Limestone never got closer than two points the rest of the game, as BSU pulled ahead by seven, at 16-9, on an Imwalle ace. BSU went on to win the frame 25-19 on back-to-back Saints' hitting errors.

   Set two saw the teams play to a 5-5 tie, before a kill and ace from Spadavecchio helped give BSU the momentum and an 8-5 edge. Ball State extended its lead to eight points, at 18-10, on a block from Herceg and senior middle attacker Anders Nelson (St. Croix Falls, Wis./St. Croix Falls H.S.). An Imwalle blast to the hardwood floor eventually ended the game at 25-14.

   The teams battled to a 3-3 tie to open the third frame, only to have a Herceg kill and three straight LC errors push the score to 7-4. BSU cruised from there, pulling ahead by 10 at 18-8, before winning the set 25-15 on a block assists from sophomore outside hitter Larry Wrather (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forrest H.S.) and freshman middle attacker Kevin Owens (Fishers, Ind./Cathedral H.S.).

   The Ball State men's volleyball team opens Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play next weekend with a Friday match at Lewis and a Saturday showdown at IPFW.