Ball State Ends Week With Sweep Of St. Francis

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State men’s volleyball team finished a grueling week with a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-20) victory over St. Francis Saturday evening at Worthen Arena in the final match of the 2012 Don Shondell/Active Ankle Challenge.

   The Cardinals, who played three matches over the last four days, improved to 3-2 overall with the win and avenged last Friday’s 3-2 setback to the Red Flash in Loretto, Pa.

   Redshirt junior right side attacker Jamion Hartley (North Chicago, Ill./North Chicago H.S.) continued his strong offensive season, pacing all players with 12 kills. He also connected for a .320 (12-4-25) hitting mark, while adding three block assists and a pair of digs.

   In the back row, sophomore libero Tommy Rouse (Carmel, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) led the Cardinals with 11 digs, while posting a perfect reception percentage, passing all 15 serves he faces.

   At the net, BSU’s sophomore middles, redshirt Matt Leske (Highwood, Ill./Highland Park H.S.) and Kevin Owens (Fishers, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) tied for match-high honors with five blocks (one solo and four assists) each. Owens added four kills, while Leske blasted three.

   Logan Patterson paced the SFU attack with 10 kills, while Nicholas Bancroft had a match-high 12 digs.

   Ball State finished the night with a .195 (33-16-87) to .170 (35-20-88) hitting advantage, and out-blocked the Red Flash 11-5. St. Francis held a 28-25 edge in digs.

   The Ball State men’s volleyball team hits the road next weekend with matches at Limestone (Friday at 7:30 p.m.) and Pheiffer (Saturday at 1:30 p.m.).

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