Ball State 3, Quincy 0
MUNCIE, Ind.—The 12th ranked Ball State men's volleyball team welcomed Quincy into town Saturday night. In the second meeting between the two teams this season, the Cardinals swept the Hawks (25-18, 25-18, 25-16).
Ball State had 33 kills on 30 assists while holding Quincy to a negative hitting percentage. The Cardinals also had 34 digs, 10.5 total team blocks and seven service aces on the night. Freshman Ryan Dorgan led the team in with a career-high nine kills in his first career start. Dorgan also had a career-high in service aces (2), digs (7) and total blocks (3). Dorgan's seven digs led the team. Ben Chinnici also notched nine kills on the night along with five digs and five blocks. Mitch Weiler had five kills, five digs, one ace and one block. Matt Walsh had four kills, three blocks and two aces on the night. Parker Swartz and Anthony Lebryk had two kills apiece. Jake Romano had 27 of the team's 30 assists along with six digs. Nick LaVanchy had four digs with three added by David Siebum.
Ball State had 13 kills for a .242 hitting percentage in the opening set. The team also had 11 digs and 10 total blocks. Dorgan led the way with six kills for a .364 hitting percentage. The freshman also had one solo block and one block assist. Weiler had three kills and two digs in the first set. Romano led the way in digs in the opening set with three. The sophomore setter also led the team with all 11 assists. The Cardinals took set one with a final score of 25-18.
Ball State took set number two as well with a score of 25-18. Four Cardinals knocked down two kills each. Those players were Chinnici, Weiler, Walsh and Dorgan. Weiler also led the way with three digs. Dorgan added two digs in the set. Weiler, Dorgan and David Siebum each had a service ace. The Cardinals finished the set with 11 kills, a .280 hitting percentage, seven digs and four blocks.
After the 10 minute intermission, the Cardinals came out firing once again. Ball State forced the first Quincy timeout with a score of 11-4. After the timeout, momentum for Ball State continued. The Cardinals took the set, 25-16. Ball State had nine kills, 16 digs, three aces and three blocks in the final set.
The Ball State men's volleyball team is now 15-11 on the season with an 8-4 MIVA record. The Cardinals will round out the regular season next weekend with visits from McKendree and Ohio State. McKendree comes to Worthen on Friday, April 6 with the Ohio State the following day. Both matches are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Fort Wayne 3, Lindenwood 1
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Thanks to dominant offensive performances from Pelegrin Vargas, Tony Price and Tomas Gago on Saturday (March 31), No. 15 Fort Wayne topped Lindenwood 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19) on Arnie Ball Court.
Vargas led all attackers with a career-high 25 kills, averaging 6.25 per set, while hitting .676. Gago had nine kills and no errors for the second match in a row, this time hitting .750, just 24 hours after hitting .900 against Quincy. Price had 11 kills on 28 swings for a .321 clip, paired with two aces. Michael Keegan also had a strong all-around performance, tallying 49 assists, nine digs, an ace and a career-high seven blocks. Keegan's previous high was five, which he had attained four times in his career.
After a 7-7 start in the first, Fort Wayne rattled off five straight, which included two blocks. LWU had two in a row, but the 'Dons got three more on two Vargas kills and Keegan's ace. A four-point run later on was led by three straight solo blocks by Gago (19-15, 20-15) and Keegan (21-15).
The second set was all 'Dons, as Lindenwood only led at 1-0. Fort Wayne ended the set on an 8-2 run. Lindenwood took the third set thanks to a four-point swing that put the Lions up one at 19-18. The Lions also took the last two points of the set, concluding with a kill from setter Adam Brewster.
The last set of the night was heavily in favor of the Mastodons after the Lions led 6-4. Fort Wayne went on a 10-4 run to lead 17-11, following Vargas' example as he had seven of his kills in set four. His new career-high kill came as the second to last point of the match and was followed by Colton Stone's only ace of the night.
Kade Bontrager and Kolbie Knorr split the libero duties, notching six and five digs respectively. All five of Knorr's digs came in the second set. Richie Diedrich stuffed seven attacks, which tied his season-high, while Gago added five blocks. Vargas' 25 kills in four sets ties for the sixth most in the country this season, and breaks his own single-match high by any MIVA player this season.
Fort Wayne had 55 kills, compared to Lindenwood's 40. The 'Dons also out-blocked the Lions 15-6.5. The Blue and White out-hit the Lions .385 to .139, and did not have a lower hitting percentage than Lindenwood in any of the four sets.
The Mastodons improve to 17-9, 5-7 MIVA, while Lindenwood falls to 8-14, 2-10. Fort Wayne will play host to Ohio State and McKendree for the final weekend of the regular season next Friday and Saturday (April 7-8). The Mastodons will be playing for either a fifth- or sixth-place finish in the regular season. They currently sit one spot behind McKendree, who is 6-6 MIVA.
Ohio State 3, Lewis 0
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The 10th ranked Lewis Flyer men's volleyball team dropped its second straight match falling to ninth ranked Ohio State in straight sets on Saturday evening in Columbus, Ohio. The Flyers (16-10, 7-5 MIVA) struggled to get their offense going hitting just .260 in the match and had 30 kills.
The Buckeyes (19-4, 7-5 MIVA) opened the match on a 5-1 run and never trailed in taking the opening set 25-18. Lewis closed the deficit to three on a couple of occasions but were unable to get any closer. Ohio State hit .444 in the opening set while holding the Flyers to a .217 attack percentage. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) led Lewis with five kills in the frame.
The second stanza saw eight ties and two lead changes before the Buckeyes took control with a 10-2 run to build its largest lead of the set at 19-11 after a service ace from Jake Hanes. The Flyers got as close as six late in the set but were unable to get any closer as Nicolas Szerszen ended the set with his eighth kill of the match. Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) led Lewis with five kills in the frame.
The final set was tied at 14 midway through when Ohio State began to make its run scoring seven of the next nine points to build a five-point advantage after a double block by Hanes and Blake Leeson. TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) brought the Flyers back to within 21-18 with back-to-back kills but the Buckeyes ended the match on a 4-1 run to complete the sweep 25-19. Murray had four kills in the stanza for Lewis.
Coenen was the lone Flyer to finish in double figures with 11 kills while Perinar and Murray added six kills apiece. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) dished out 23 assists while Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) added 10 digs.
Ohio State had three players finish in double figures in kills led by Maxime Hervoir with 13 while Szerszen and Hanes had 12 kills each. Sanil Thomas handed out 37 assists and added eight digs.
Lewis continues its four-match road trip next Thursday heading to Quincy, Ill., to take on the Quincy Hawks at 7 p.m.
Loyola 3, McKendree 1