ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- After a rough start to the 2013 season, the MIVA conference finish played on Saturday with a 5-2 record. Ball State, IPFW, Loyola and Quincy all earn its first victories of the season.
Quincy vs. King (Tenn.)
After falling in both contests on Saturday at the King Invitational, the Quincy Hawks earned its first victory of the season against King. The Hawks defeated King 3-2 (23-25, 29-27, 25-15, 21-25, 15-7).
Three members of the Quincy squad tallied double-digit kills, led by Jack Gamache with 18. Both Steven Battaglia and Ian Lawson contributed 16 kills apiece. Chris Lynch led all players with 58 assists.
The Hawks held King to just a .073 hitting percentage while they hit at a .233 clip. With the win, Quincy improved to 1-2 on the year
Grand Canyon vs. Sacred Heart (Conn.)
Grand Canyon wrapped up its east coast trip with a 2-1 record after defeating Sacred Heart on Saturday, 3-1. The Antelopes won by scores of 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-21.
Ryan Matter led the team with nine kills on 14 attempts while Ben Ponnet and Gerrard Lipscombe each contributed seven. Keith Smith recorded a game-high 40 assists. As a team, Grand Canyon hit at a .250 clip while holding Sacred Heart to just .109.
The win improved the Antelopes to 2-2 on the season.
IPFW vs. Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
IPFW improved to 1-1 after defeating Cardinal Stritch at home 3-0 on Saturday. The Mastodons won by scores of 25-12, 25-17, and 25-18.
Andy Sellan led all players on the floor with 12 kills, hitting .625 for the match. Omar Rivera recorded 19 of the teams 33 assists while Eddie Rivera recorded six digs. IPFW held Cardinal Stritch to a -.027 hitting percentage while producing a .391 clip of its own.
Ball State vs. Saint Francis (Pa.)
Ball State opened up the 2013 season with a sweep against St. Francis on Saturday evening. The Cardinals won by scores of 25-22, 25-21, and 25-22.
Greg Herceg led the Ball State offensive with 17 kills and a match-high three service aces. Kevin Owens also recorded double-digit kills with 11. Ball State's Tommy Rouse led the match with 13 digs while Urim Demirovski recorded nine digs.
Ball State will take on New Jersey Institute on January 18 and Sacret Heart on January 19.
Loyola vs. St. Ambrose (Iowa)
The Loyola Ramblers earned its first victory of the season on Saturday against St. Ambrose, 3-0. Loyola won by scores of 25-18, 25-15, and 25-19.
Joseph Smalzer led all players on the floor with 10 kills while also recording a team-high eight digs and three block assists. Dainis Berzins contributed eight kills while Diego Rodriguez tallied 19 assists.
The win improved the Ramblers to 1-3 on the season. Loyola will host Carthage State on January 16.
Lewis vs. Brigham Young
Despite the strong showing on Friday evening against BYU, the No. 13 could not make it back-to-back victories against the No. 2. The Flyers fell in three sets to the Cougars, 25-22, 25-16, and 25-14.
Brigham Young started hot and never let up as they hit .525 as a team while holding Lewis to a .268 clip. Jay Petty led all Lewis players with 10 kills while Bj Boldog recorded 26 assists. Although only recording one more hitting error than BYU, the Flyers recorded 22 less kills than the Cougars. BYU also tallied three service aces compared to Lewis' zero.
Lewis will take on No. 7 Penn State on the road on January 18.
Ohio State vs. Penn State
Ohio State finished up the Outrigger Invitational with a loss against No. 7 Penn State. The Nittany Lions won by scores of 26-24, 25-17, and 25-22.
Chen Levitan was the lone Buckeye to record double-digit kills with 11. Peter Heinen dished out a team-high 32 assists while Brennan Anderson led all players on the floor by averaging over five digs per set with 16 total.
The Buckeyes went 1-2 at the invitational and fall to 2-2 overall.