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3/2 - Ball State 3, Quincy 0

3/2 - Ball State 3, Quincy 0

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men's volleyball team was up against Quincy on the second night of a back-to-back and earned its second-consecutive sweep by beating the Hawks, 3-0, on Saturday night at Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals moved to 9-8 overall with the win and improved to 3-4 in MIVA play.

"Two wins in a row is always nice," said head coach Joel Walton. "There were a few plays out there that got away from us, but overall I was very pleased with our overall performance this weekend. Quincy is a good team so we're happy to get this one."

Ball State compiled 34 kills as a team while hitting .232. The BSU defense kept Quincy to a hitting percentage of .023 while racking up 32 digs and 11.5 total blocks. The Cardinals put down six service aces and assisted on 32 of 34 kills.

It took a few points for the Cardinals to get going in set one, but once they did, they were in control the remainder of the way. Ball State led by as many as six before Quinn Isaacson dumped a ball over the net to give BSU a 1-0 lead on a 25-22 set victory. Game two had a similar feel being close early on, but the Cardinals ripped off a 4-0 run to separate and cruised the rest of the way. Will Hippe entered the set late for BSU and combined with Matt Szews to put down the set-clinching block for a 25-20 win and 2-0 advantage in the match.

Looking for the sweep in straight sets, the Cardinals quickly got to work in game three with a large lead. Ball State cruised the entire set and won it, 25-12, on an attack error.

Blake Reardon led BSU in kills with 10 and was followed by Ben Chinnici who had nine. Isaacson had 26 assists and led the way in blocks with five. Szews led the team in digs with 10 and service aces with three.

Ball State now takes its spring break trip to Hawaii where it will face three talented opponents in three nights. Pepperdine awaits on Thursday, March 7, followed by Hawaii and King. Coach Walton knows his team is up against a tough task rather than a relaxing spring break. "We're going to play three matches in a row which we're not used to, so that combined with the fact we're playing three really tough teams will certainly be a test for us."