Ball State 3, Ohio State 2
MUNCIE, Ind.— It was an electric atmosphere inside Worthen Arena Saturday night as Ball State welcomed two-time defending national champions Ohio State. After losing the first two sets, the 12th ranked Cardinals pulled off an exciting comeback to take down the conference leaders, 3-2.
Leading the Cardinals on his senior night was middle attacker Matt Walsh. Walsh tallied 14 kills for a .367 hitting percentage along with nine blocks and one service ace. Ben Chinnici, Mitch Weiler and Parker Swartz each knocked down nine kills in the five set match. Chinnici also led the team in digs with 11. Matt Szews had one kills with two added by Jake Romano and one from Anthony Lebryk. Romano had 39 of the team's 43 assists. The Cardinals finished the evening with 50 kills, 59 digs, 13.5 total team blocks and three aces.
The Cardinals struggled in the opening set only knocking down nine kills for a .077 hitting percentage. Meanwhile Ohio State had 17 kills for an impressive .600 hitting percentage. Leading Ball State in the first set was Chinnici with three kills. Weiler and Walsh were each able to tally two kills apiece. The team had eight assists, six digs and three block assists in set number one.
Ball State came out hot in the second set scoring the first three points with two kills and a Buckeye attack error. The Cardinals went up 5-1 before forcing Ohio State to use their first timeout. However, the Buckeyes were able to rally back and tie the set at 7. The set saw 13 tied scores and seven lead changes before Ohio State came out victories, 25-22, on a Buckeye block assist. Walsh led the way in kills with four with three added by Swartz and Chinnici. Swartz led the team in digs with six. The team finished the set with 3.5 total team blocks and Romano 10 assists.
After struggling in the first two sets, the 10 minute intermission could not have come at better time for Ball State. The Cardinals came back out and kept the match alive with a 25-22 set three victory. Walsh had five of the team's 15 kills for a .625 hitting percentage. Szews added four kills while Swartz had two. Szews led the set in digs with 4.
Ball State struck again with a set four win, never trailing in the set. The Cardinals won, 25-17, on a Walsh service ace to force the deciding fifth set. Ball State had eight kills on six assists along with two aces, 12 digs and 5 total team blocks.
The fifth and final set was a battle down to the very last serve with nine tied scores and five lead changes. The Cardinals took the set and the match on a Walsh dagger of a kill, his only kill of the set. Weiler had a team-high three kills with one apiece added by Chinnici, Szews and Swartz.
The 12th ranked Ball State men's volleyball team is now 17-11 overall and 10-4 in the conference. The Cardinals will host McKendree next weekend (April 14) in round one of the MIVA quarterfinals.
Loyola 3, Quincy 0
Loyola University Chicago (21-6, 11-3 MIVA) received nine kills from Ricky Gevis and hit .328 as a team as it rolled past Quincy (12-18, 0-14 MIVA), 25-17, 25-14, 25-20, Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams. By virtue of Ohio State's loss to Ball State tonight, the Ramblers and Buckeyes share the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season crown.
How It Happened
Three-time American Volleyball Coaches All-American Jeff Jendryk had a hand in three blocks as the eighth-ranked Ramblers sprinted out to a 9-3 lead in the first set and never looked back on their way to a 25-17 victory. Loyola hit a whopping .550 (13-2-20) in the opener to coast to the win.
Loyola maintained a hot hand in the second set, hitting .500 (8-2-12), while the Hawks managed a paltry - .227 (5-10-22) attack percentage, in a 25-14 decision that put the Ramblers ahead, 2-0, in the match. Quincy pulled within 8-5 on a Loyola service error, but the Ramblers seized complete control and put the set out of reach with five unanswered points, to break open a 13-5 advantage.
Gevis had a hand in back-to-back blocks that were part of a 3-0 spurt that helped Loyola pull away in set three, turning a two-point game into an 18-13 lead. Quincy closed within three on a couple of occasions, the final time at 23-20, but a Kyle Piekarski kill and a Hawks error closed out Loyola's 25-20 victory.
A Look At The Numbers
Gevis led the way for Loyola with nine kills, three digs, three blocks and a pair of aces.
Jendryk finished with four kills and four blocks and Collin Mahan added five kills and three digs.
Loyola will host Lindenwood in the first round of MIVA Tournament play on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Fort Wayne 3, McKendree 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - After honoring senior Jack Carlson for senior night on Saturday (April 7), No. 15 Fort Wayne swept McKendree (25-21, 25-23, 25-20) on Arnie Ball Court to secure the No. 5 seed in the MIVA Tournament. Carlson earned one dig in his last regular season game as a Mastodon.
The Mastodons will face Lewis in the opening round of the MIVA Tournament on Saturday, April 14 in Romeoville, Illinois.
Fort Wayne spread the offense around, having four players with at least seven kills. Richie Diedrich led in hitting percentage with .636 (7-0-11), followed by Tony Price with .375 (8-2-16). Colton Stone had seven kills and Pelegrin Vargas had a match-high 10.
The 'Dons started cold, trailing 13-7 in the opening set. Following that point, Fort Wayne went on a 16-6 run that gave the Mastodons a lead they would not yield. The second set was similar, as McKendree led from 4-3 to 23-21, but the 'Dons rattled off four straight to end the frame. Tomas Gago had two straight blocks to end the set, assisted by Vargas and Michael Keegan. In the third, Fort Wayne went on a 3-1 run to force a Bearcat timeout at 11-9, and followed the timeout with four in a row. McKendree answered with a 5-1 run, but Fort Wayne continued to extend its lead to as many as five.
The home team had seven team blocks on the night, led by Gago with four and Keegan with three. Fort Wayne held McKendree to .140 hitting overall (.067 in the first frame). Kolbie Knorr and Keegan led the way defensively with six digs each.
Fort Wayne improves to 18-10, 6-8 MIVA, while McKendree falls to 11-14, 6-8 MIVA. With the 'Dons clinching the No. 5 seed, McKendree will be the No. 6 seed.
Lewis 3, Lindenwood 0
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The 10th ranked Lewis Flyer men's volleyball team closed out the regular season with a sweep at Lindenwood on Saturday afternoon in St. Charles, Mo. The Flyers (18-10, 9-5 MIVA) hit .422 and had 46 kills in the match.
Lewis hit .469 and recorded 18 kills to win the opening set 26-24. The Flyers led by as many as six points in the frame but the Lions (9-15, 3-11 MIVA) answered with an 8-2 run to even the set at 23. Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) gave Lewis a set point at 24-23 with a kill but Connor Hipelius kept the frame alive with his fifth kill to even things at 24. Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) gave the Flyers a 25-24 lead with a kill then Perinar ended it with his sixth kill of the set.
Lewis trailed 14-12 midway through the second set but ended the set on a 13-8 run to win 25-22 to take the 2-0 lead in the match. The Flyers scored the final three points of the set to break a 22-22 tie. Lewis led 23-22 when Mitchem blocked Nick Stevenson to get to set point. Mitchem and Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) then teamed up to block Stevenson to end the frame. Coenen and Perinar teamed up for eight of the team's 14 kills in the set.
The Flyers raced out to an early lead in the final set but Lindenwood rallied to take a 15-14 lead midway through the stanza. Lewis ended the match strong scoring 13 of the final 15 points to pull away for the 25-17 win. The Flyers hit .429 in the finale recording 14 kills against two errors in 28 chances. Coenen and Perinar teamed up for nine of those kills. Lewis also had nine total blocks in the frame.
Coenen finished with a match-high 17 kills while Perinar added 12. Moses and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) added six kills each and Mitchem finished with five kills and six blocks. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) dished out 37 assists and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) finished with 11 digs.
After allowing the Lions to hit .312 in the opening frame the Lewis defense held them to a .153 hitting percentage in the final two sets. Lindenwood hit .202 for the contest and recorded 41 kills. Hipelius led Lindenwood with 12 kills. Adam Brewster handed out 32 assists while Ryan Vorderer finished with 11 digs.