Lewis 3, Loyola 1
CHICAGO– The No. 10 Lewis men's volleyball team defeated No. 7 Loyola 3-1 in a battle for the top spot in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) standings on Friday evening at Gentile Arena in Chicago. With the win, the Flyers extend their winning streak to seven and improve to 14-4 overall and are the lone unbeaten team in MIVA play at 7-0. The Ramblers fall to 13-4, 6-1 MIVA and had their seven match winning streak broken.
Lewis outhit Loyola in the match .369 to .246 while recording 52 kills against 14 errors in 103 chances while the Ramblers recorded 55 kills against 24 errors in 126 chances.
Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) led the way for the Flyers with 15 kills while Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) added 14 kills. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) dished out 45 assists and was tied with Kyle Bugée in digs with six. Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) had seven total blocks in the contest.
"I'm really proud of the guys," Lewis head men's volleyball coach Dan Friend said. "They fought hard all night. We did some really good things from the service line and capitalized on those opportunities with our block/defense."
Lewis led by four late in the opening set but a 7-3 run by Loyola evened things at 22. The Flyers regained the lead at 23-22 on a service error but the Ramblers got back-to-back to kills from Collin Mahan to get to set point first at 24-23. Mitchem extended the set with a kill but a service error gave Loyola another set point.
Coenen tied things at 25 but Mahan answered with a kill to put the Ramblers back in front. Coenen answered right back with a kill to even things at 26 but a block by Luke Denton and Paul Narup gave Loyola the lead back and then Mahan served an ace to give the Ramblers the 28-26 win.
Lewis used a 9-4 run midway through set two to break a 7-all tie and didn't trail the rest of the frame as it went onto win 25-17 to even the match at a set apiece. The Flyers hit .444 in the stanza while holding Loyola to .091 attack percentage.
Lewis trailed by as many as four points in set three but a late charge by the Flyers allowed them to come back and even things at 23 on an error by Narup. Moses gave Lewis the lead with a kill and then an error from Mahan gave Lewis the set 25-23. The Flyers hit .310 in the stanza while the Ramblers hit only .216.
Loyola scored the first point of the fourth set but after that it was all Flyers as they scored eight straight points to seize control and never let the Ramblers get closer than six points the rest of the way. Lewis led by as many as 10 points in the frame and finished with an attack percentage of .500 (13-2-22).
The Flyers take a break from MIVA play as they head out East next weekend for a pair of matches in New Jersey. Lewis opens the trip with a match at Princeton next Saturday at 6 p.m. (CST).
Ohio State 3, McKendree 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio – March brought the return of Preseason All-American Jake Hanes to the starting lineup, a record book worthy performance from freshman Ethan Talley and most importantly a four-set victory (25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 26-24) for Ohio State over McKendree. Hanes bounced 25 kills while Talley became just the fifth Buckeye to ever finish a match hitting 1.000 (minimum of 10 attempts).
Hanes' 25 kills came at a .370 clip (25-8-46) and were more than the McKendree's top two kill producers combined (21). And while Talley was a perfect 10-for-10, Blake Leeson was lethal from the middle as well with 10 kills on 18 attempts and a lone error (.500). Speaking of a .500 hitting percentage, that's where Kyle Skinner came out at after connecting for seven kills on 10 swings with two errors. Jack Stevens earned the starting nod and delivered a half dozen kills while excelling as a primary passer.
Navigating the Ohio State offense was freshman Luke Lentin, assisting on 62 of the 64 Buckeye kills. He also tied Luke Meidel with a team-high seven digs, and directly contributed two points at the service stripe.
SET 1: Ohio State infiltrated McKendree's defense from the left side with Martin Lallemand and Stevens each putting away five kills on a combined total of just 14 attempts. The Buckeyes swung .483 for the set and out-killed MU 18-8. Eight service errors kept it too close for comfort though, separating by the minimal two points, 25-23, in the night's opening act.
SET 2: After a sluggish start in the first, Hanes came alive in Set 2. He drilled seven kills with Leeson adding three more from the middle. The two skyscrapers received little to no help, however, and McKendree registered the 25-19 equalizer.
SET 3: Lentin and the Buckeye offense upped the ante a bit in the third, terminating at a .483 rate (16-2-29). Tied as late as 13-all, Ohio State caught fire in the set's second half and pulled away 25-18. The Buckeye explosion was ignited by a five-point run at 13-13 and ultimately ended with a 12-5 run.
SET 4: Fourth-set kills: Hanes 11, McKendree 10. The big man shed all traces of rust in the fourth. He capped off his first start since suffering a foot injury on Jan. 26 by carrying his squad to the winner's circle. It wasn't all rainbows and sunshine in Set 4 as the Buckeyes dug themselves a 10-5 hole. Ohio State flipped the script from there and knotted the score at 15-15. McKendree shook it off and put itself in position for consecutive set-point opportunities up 24-22 late in the frame. Hanes wasn't having any of it. He constructed a streak of kill-kill-ace-kill to erect a 26-24 come-from-behind match clincher.
Same place, same teams on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Ball State 3, Lindenwood 0
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State University men's volleyball team picked up a crucial conference victory as it swept Lindenwood, 3-0, in convincing fashion on Friday night at Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals got back to .500 on the year with an 8-8 record and 2-4 in MIVA play. Lindenwood fell to 7-10 for the season and dropped to 3-4 in the league.
"It's nice to see our guys play the way they're capable of playing," said head coach Joel Walton. "Our serve put a lot of pressure on Lindenwood tonight. We passed well and played consistent. It was really a good team effort tonight. Our guys followed the scouting report and competed."
The Cardinals were efficient on the night, hitting .337 with 40 kills. Ball State assisted on 36 of those 40 kills, and put down five service aces while allowing none. The BSU defense compiled 25 digs and 12 total blocks.
Set one belonged to the Cardinals from the start as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead behind some impressive serving by Blake Reardon, who had three aces on the set. The Lions pulled within two but that was as close as it got as BSU went on to win the set, 25-20. Lindenwood took its turn to lead early in game two when it jumped out to a 10-6 advantage, forcing a Ball State timeout. From there, the Cardinals ripped off a 16-5 run and eventually won the set, 25-16, to take a 2-0 lead.
Needing a victory in set three for the sweep, Ball State left no doubt as it led from start to finish. The Cardinals gradually built their lead larger and larger, leading by as many as 11 points before putting away the Lions, 25-14, on a block by Lemuel Turner.
Matt Szews led the way with 13 kills for the match, and added an assist, two aces, five blocks and four digs to his stat line. Ben Chinnici added nine kills while Reardon had eight. Quinn Isaacson played an efficient match with 31 of the team's 36 assists. He also had a team high seven digs. Reardon's three assists were a match high.
"We have a good amount of depth to our roster, and it was nice to see Blake and Ben come in as starters tonight to give us a lift," Walton said. "Those guys helped us play clean tonight, and we want to duplicate that kind of performance."
Ball State is back in action on Saturday night when Quincy comes to town. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. ET with the match available for streaming on BallStateSports.com/watch.