Lewis 3, Ohio State 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The No. 8 Lewis men's volleyball team extended its home win streak to five with a sweep of Ohio State on Saturday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers improve to 20-5 on the season and 11-1 in MIVA play while the Buckeyes fall to 8-18, 3-9 MIVA.
Lewis outhit Ohio State .306-to-.169 using its defensive as a catalyst forcing the Buckeyes to hit into 23 errors while recording seven blocks. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) led the Flyers with 10 kills and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) added six kills. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) finished the match with 25 digs and five service aces. Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) had four digs apiece. Coenen also had four total blocks in the contest.
The opening set featured nine ties and five lead changes and was a back-and-forth between Jake Hanes and Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin). Hanes had eight in 11 chances while Coenen had seven kills in 13 chances.
Lewis led by as many as three points early but a 6-2 run from Ohio State gave the Buckeyes a 15-14 lead after back-to-back aces from Hanes. OSU extended its lead to 18-16 after a kill from Tyler Alter.
The Flyers answered right back with a 6-1 run to regain its three-point cushion on a kill from Coenen. The Buckeyes trimmed the lead to two on a couple of occasions but Lewis was able to close out the set on a ball handling error on Sanil Thomas and a kill from Murray.
The Flyers raced out to an early three-point lead in the middle stanza and never looked back on its way to the 25-17 victory. Lewis' defense held Ohio State to a negative .037 hitting percentage (10 kills-11 errors-27 total attacks) in the set. The Flyers recorded six kills against three errors in 18 swings in the frame. Moses led the way with two kills.
Lewis scored three straight points to break a 9-9 tie in the third set with two of those points coming on aces from Yoshimoto. The Buckeyes cut the lead to 14-13 on a kill from Hanes but the Flyers countered with a 5-1 run to build a five-point lead.
Ohio State halted the run momentarily on kill from Hanes but Lewis rattled off five of the next seven points to get to match point on a block by Coenen and Murray. A service error extended the match but the Flyers won the match on the next point on a service error by Alter.
Hanes finished with a match-high 16 kills to lead the Buckeyes while Alter and Ethan Talley had five kills apiece. Thomas had a match-high 27 assists and eight digs along with Aaron Samarin who also had eight digs.
Lewis continues its homestand next Friday hosting Quincy at 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena.
Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Lindenwood 2
SAINT CHARLES, Mo. - Pelegrin Vargas and Alex Dickmann led the No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne men's volleyball team past Lindenwood in a 3-2 victory (31-33, 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 15-10) in Hyland Arena. With the win over the Lions, the Mastodons have clinched a home match for the MIVA Tournament quarterfinal on April 13.
Vargas had eight kills in the extended first set on Saturday (March 30). The Lions used 9.5 team blocks in the opener to limit what the Mastodons could do offensively. Lindenwood lead for the majority, but the 'Dons used a 3-0 run including two Vargas kills to lead 23-22. Purdue Fort Wayne had four set point opportunities but did not capitalize on them, as Lindenwood took the set after a block from Diego Negron.
In the second and third sets, the Mastodons used .417 and .538 hitting respectively to march past the Lions. Vargas had three of his four aces in these two frames, while Dickmann had 13 kills on 18 swings. Purdue Fort Wayne never trailed in the third set.
In the fourth, Lindenwood held the Mastodons to .091 hitting to tie the match at two sets each. Negron had six kills to lead the Lions.
The decisive fifth went to Purdue Fort Wayne thanks to .583 hitting. The Lions led 10-9, but the Mastodons finished the match on a 6-0 run. In this stretch, there were two kills from Vargas and one from both Richie Diedrich and Tomas Gago.
Vargas finished with 21 kills, nine digs, six assists, four blocks and four aces. Dickmann had 19 kills on .394 hitting and an ace, while Tony Price had seven kills and a .300 percentage. Michael Keegan had 48 assists, eight digs and two kills. Kolbie Knorr had eight digs as well.
The Mastodons improve to 16-9, 8-4 MIVA while Lindenwood falls to 9-16, 5-7 MIVA. Purdue Fort Wayne has two more MIVA matches left in the regular season with Ohio State on Thursday (April 4) and McKendree on Saturday (April 6). A win over either of these teams will guarantee the Mastodons to be the No. 3 seed in the MIVA Tournament.
Ball State 3, Quincy 1
QUINCY, Ill. – David Siebum and Matt Szews led Ball State with 13 kills apiece, and the Cardinals bounced back from Friday's setback by traveling to Quincy and earning a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
The win improved Ball State's record to 14-13 and moved the Cardinals to 5-7 in MIVA action.
BSU compiled 54 kills on the night and outhit the Hawks .288 to .153. Ball State doubled up Quincy in serviced aces 8-4 and finished the match with 51 assists and 51 digs.
Set one saw the Cardinals falling behind 7-2 early on. Ball State rallied with a 5-1 run to get back in it, and went on to win the set 25-22. The Hawks took set two to even the match, but BSU responded by jumping out to a five-point lead in game three and winning the set, 25-20.
Ball State quickly got to work on putting away the match by snagging a 3-0 lead to open set four, and ran away with it as a 25-15 victory clinched the win.
Right behind Siebum and Szews was Ben Chinnici who had 12 kills. Jake Romano got the nod at setter and totaled 45 assists for the match along with four service aces. Lemuel Turner had a team high three blocks and Chinnici led the way in digs with 10.
Ball State now prepares for the final week of the regular season in which it will face McKendree and Ohio State. The Cardinals will be battling for home court advantage in the first round of the upcoming MIVA Tournament.