Ohio State 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne fell to Ohio State in five sets (18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 32-30, 15-12) in St. John Arena. Despite the loss, the Mastodons will still be the No. 3 seed in the MIVA Tournament thanks to Ball State beating McKendree on Thursday (April 4).
The Mastodons started the match by hitting .706 in the opening set. Alex Dickmann had five kills on seven swings to pace the 'Dons.
The Buckeyes responded with a second set when they hit .500 behind five kills from Jake Hanes. The 'Dons were held to .069 but Dickmann still had four kills on nine attempts.
The 'Dons managed to take the third despite being outhit .360 to .148. Pelegrin Vargas had five kills, including two in the final three points of the set.
After a long fourth set, Ohio State took it behind the hand of Hanes. He had 12 kills, paired with Sean Ryan hitting a perfect five of five.
The momentum had shifted entirely toward the Buckeyes for the fifth, as they sided out on 100 percent of the Mastodons' service. Hanes finished with the third-most kills in an NCAA match this season with 30.
Dickmann led the Mastodons with 16 kills, pairing with Vargas' 13. Tomas Gago had seven kills. Dickmann was one dig short of a double-double.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 16-10, 8-5 MIVA while Ohio State improves to 9-18, 4-9 MIVA. The Mastodons will face McKendree on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET in the Statham Sports Center.
Ball State 3, McKendree 2
Lebanon, Ill. – The Ball State men's volleyball team appeared to be headed for an easy win after a dominant win in set one, but McKendree came storming back to take a 2-1 lead and force the Cardinals to win the match in five sets Thursday night.
The win gave Ball State a 15-13 record overall and improved its conference record to 6-7. The Cardinals also stayed alive in the hunt to secure a first-round matchup in the upcoming MIVA Tournament.
BSU totaled 53 kills on a .191 hitting percentage while holding McKendree to 47 kills on a .114 attack percentage. The Cardinals had 52 assists on their 53 kills and compiled five service aces while accumulating 54 digs. Ball State also finished the night with 13 blocks.
Ball State was red hot to open the match as they cruised to a 25-12 set one victory. The Bearcats responded and controlled set two before winning 25-19. Set three was close all the way, but McKendree made the plays at the end to go up 2-1.
The fourth game was back and forth again, and the Cardinals faced defeat with the Bearcats holding a 25-24 set point. McKendree served the ball into the net to breathe new life into BSU, and David Siebum put away the game-clinching kill to lift Ball State to a 28-26 victory.
The decisive set was close early as it was tied 7-7 before a kill by Blake Reardon gave the Cardinals the advantage as the teams switched sides. Reardon's point was the first of a 3-0 run that helped the Cardinals gain enough separation to go on and win the match with a 15-12 game win.
Matt Szews led the way for Ball State with 19 kills and two assists while Siebum and Lemuel Turner chipped in 11 and 10, respectively. Turner hit .615 on the night and had a team high six blocks. Quinn Isaacson totaled 43 assists and led the way in digs with 16.
Ball State now travels to Ohio State where it will close out the regular season. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.