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4/6 - Saturday Recap

4/6 - Saturday Recap

Ohio State 3, Ball State 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ball State men's volleyball team saw a 2-1 lead slip away as Ohio State came back to defeat the Cardinals in five sets Saturday night at St. John Arena.

BSU finished the regular season with a 15-14 record overall and a 6-8 mark in league play. That tally places the Cardinals fifth in the league standings and they will travel to play No. 4 McKendree to open the MIVA Tournament.

Ball State finished the night with 50 kills while hitting .223. As a team, BSU had eight service aces and 35 digs, and finished the night with 10 blocks.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the match as they dominated the first set and won 25-19. Ohio State responded by taking set two 25-17. Ball State regained its composure in the third set and again turned in a dominating performance with a 25-15 victory.

Looking to close out the match in set four, the Cardinals faded toward the end as the Buckeyes went up 24-21. BSU fought off a couple set points to extend the game, but OSU closed it out by winning 25-23.

With the match up for grabs in the decisive fifth set, both teams were facing a 5-5 tie. Ohio State seized the opportunity as it ripped off a 5-0 run to go up 10-5, and eventually won the set 15-9 to seal the win.

Blake Reardon led the Cardinals in kills with 14 while three different players had nine. Quinn Isaacson had team highs in assists with 39 and digs with 10. Parker Swartz had four service aces and Lemuel Turner recorded five blocks.

Ball State will open MIVA Tournament play at McKendree on Saturday. Match time and broadcast details will be announced as soon as they become available.

McKendree 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 2
The McKendree University men's volleyball won in a five-set thriller against Purdue Fort Wayne on Senior Day this Saturday becoming the first team in program history to earn 12 wins in a season as they are now 12-12 overall and 7-7 in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) competition.

The Bearcats came out strong to open up competition with a 25-21 victory in set one. A few minor setbacks occurred in the second set and despite a late rally from McKendree, Purdue Fort Wayne collected the 25-22 win in set two. Momentum carried over into the third set for the Mastodons as they won the third set as well, 25-19. McKendree wasn't done as they battled hard in the fourth set to be victorious, 26-24. A strong team effort in the fifth set propelled the Bearcats to victory as they won the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

The Backbone of the Bearcat squad was their defensive skills at the net. Mckendree collected a total of 15 blocks with junior middle blocker Lucas Galifos (Mokena,IL/Lincoln Way East) earning the most out of any Bearcat this season. The junior recorded one solo block and nine block assists being in a total of 10 of McKendree's 15 blocks. Senior outside hitter Will Frank (Moro, IL/Edwardsville) also played a key defensive role at the net in tonight's victory tallying a personal best six block assists.

Frank wasn't the only senior to shine in today's senior day match as libero Zach Thompson (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) led the back line in digs with 10 total recorded. Freshman setter Ryan Serrano (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) and Frank were next, each tallying seven digs for McKendree.

Sophomore middle blocker Wyatt Dimke (Ham Lake, MN/Blaine) and junior opposite Zach Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove) powered the Bearcat's offense. Dimke recorded 13 kill on 20 attempts to earn a .550 hitting percentage in the five set match while Schnittker was close behind with 12 tallied kills in the match. Dimke also recorded a personal best of six digs in today's match.

With this win, McKendree sits in fourth place in the MIVA and will host the first round of MIVA quarterfinals against Ball State University on Saturday April 13. The time of the match will be announced at a later date by the MIVA.

Lewis 3, Lindenwood 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The No. 7 Lewis men's volleyball team swept Lindenwood on Saturday to clinch the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season championship. The Flyers improve to 22-5 overall on the season and 13-1 in MIVA play while the Lions fall to 9-18, 5-9 MIVA.

Lewis outhit Lindenwood in the match .319-to-.138. Each team recorded 31 kills but the Lions committed 20 attack errors to only nine for the Flyers. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) led Lewis with eight kills apiece while Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) finished with seven kills. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) had 29 assists and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) finished with six digs.

Lewis had 12 service aces in the match with Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) recording five of them.

The Flyers led wire-to-wire in the opening set racing out to an early seven point lead and wouldn't allow Lindenwood to get closer than five points during the stanza on their way to the 25-17 victory. TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) led Lewis with three kills in the frame while Mitchem and Perinar had two kills each.

The Flyers used a 10-3 run in the middle set to turn an early deficit into a six-point lead after an error by Jeremy Kirch. The Lions cut the lead to three points on three different occasions but each time Lewis had an answer. The Flyers closed the set on a 6-3 run to pick up the 25-19 win.

Lewis trailed by two midway through the middle set but responded with seven straight points to grab a 21-16 lead after a bad set from Phil Swartz. Lindenwood wouldn't go quietly though responding with a 4-2 run to get within 23-20 on a kill from Adam Brewster. The Flyers were able to close it out with a kill from Coenen and a bad set from Brewster ended the match.

The Lions were led by Connor Hipelius and Diego Negron with seven kills each. Brewster finished with 26 assists and seven digs.

Lewis hosts No. 8 seed Quincy in the quarterfinal round of the MIVA Tournament next Saturday (April 13) at 7 p.m.

Loyola 3, Quincy 0
In Short…
Loyola ended the regular season on a high note with a 3-0 sweep of Quincy to improve to 19-7 (12-2, MIVA). On a night dedicated to the Senior Class, it was senior Collin Mahan that stood out with a program record-tying eight service aces.

Coach Hulse's Thoughts:
"It's not lost on me - I've been here for a while, but my first year as the head coach was these senior's first year a part of the program," head coach Mark Hulse said. "As much as they've grown as individuals, how they've grown as a group, what they've left behind will last for a while."

How It Happened
The Ramblers got off to an efficient start at a .640 clip in the match's opening set. 16 kills (no errors) accounted for nearly two-thirds of the Ramblers' points, four of which came from Kyle Piekarski. The middle blocker rung up two of them in consecutive occurrences, then a Will Tischler kill right after put Loyola up 9-4. The lead was extended to 15-7, and later 18-9 after the first of eight Collin Mahan service aces on Saturday night. The large cushion allowed Loyola to trade points the rest of the way to a 25-15 set one win.

Mahan dominated the visitors with three consecutive service aces right out of the gates in the second set to go up 6-1. Quincy fought back and narrowed the deficit to 12-11, but Quincy fell victim to Mahan again next rotation at the service line. The senior co-captain rang up two more aces in succession that anchored a 4-0 run that widened the Loyola lead to 16-11. The Hawks once again fought back to trim the home team's lead to 20-18, but the Ramblers halted the momentum with a 6-0 run to seal the deal. Markus Melbardis picked up two kills in that stretch, including the 25th point to finish the 25-18 middle set win.

The two MIVA opponents jousted to a 10-10 start to the third set. After a Dane Leclair kill put LUC ahead 11-10 and got his team back to the service line, Mahan aced Quincy again for his eighth of the night to tie the program record. Despite the feat, Quincy went on a 3-0 run to take the lead at 15-14 and force a Rambler timeout. It was a timeout well spent because Loyola answered with a 4-0 run that had two kills and an ace from Devin Joslyn and put the Maroon and Gold back up 18-15. Quincy got back to within one once more at 19-18, but two more Joslyn kills sparked a 5-1 run that for all intents and purposes extinguished any comeback hopes. Loyola took the third set, 25-20 and earned its third sweep in a span of four matches.

A Look at the Numbers
-Collin Mahan's five service aces in the second set are the most by an LUC individual in a frame this season.
-The eight on Saturday ran Mahan's career total to 111, which now ranks fourth all-time among Ramblers in a career.
-Mahan (41 service aces this year) is the first Rambler to record 40-plus aces in a match since Thomas Jaeschke had 55 back in 2015.
-Loyola finished the regular season 11-0 in three-set matches.

Up Next
Loyola will enter the 2019 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament as the No. 2 seed, and will play the No. 7-seed Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, April 13 at Gentile Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.