Ball State Remains Undefeated As Play Continues In The Young Season
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Ball State remains undefeated and Loyola pulls back to .500 after five members of the MIVA conference continued play on Friday evening. IPFW garnered the only other victory for the conference in the five games that were played.
Loyola at Saint Francis
Led by Joseph Smalzer with ten kills, the Ramblers defeated St. Francis in three sets on Friday evening by scores of 25-16, 25-22, and 25-16.
Diego Rodriguez led all players on the floor with 30 assists while Peter Jasaitis recorded eight digs in the three-set victory.
Set two proved to be a battle for Loyola, as the Ramblers got down 11-7 early in the match. A timeout at that point allowed for the Ramblers to regroup, briefly stopping the St. Francis run. The Ramblers then found themselves in a 19-13 hole before sparking an 8-2 late run to tie up the game at 21-all. Kills by Thomas Jaeschke and Smalzer along with a service ace pushed Loyola over the top.
The Ramblers improve to 3-3 on the young season as they are set to play George Mason tomorrow.
No. 12 Lewis at No. 6 Penn St.
The No. 12 Lewis Flyers fell on Friday evening to the No. 6 ranked team in Penn State. The Nittany Lions defeated the Flyers by scores of 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, and 25-18.
Both Jay Petty and Eric Fitterer recorded double-doubles in the defeat, as Petty had 10 kills and 10 digs while Fitterer had a career-high 12 kills and 11 block assists. Geoff Powell led the Flyers offensively with 13 kills while BJ Boldog added 38 assists for the Flyers.
The Flyers snagged set three from the Nittany Lions after finishing on a 9-5 run.
Lewis now falls to 1-5 on the season and will head to St. Francis on Saturday.
IPFW at Sacret Heart
In a five set thriller, IPFW improved to 2-1 after defeating Sacret Heart on Friday evening. The Mastodons won by scores of 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 16-25, and 15-10.
Bryan Saunders and Ramon Burgos each had 11 kills for IPFW. Saunders hit .579 for the evening while Burgos recorded a .364 hitting percentage. Eddie Rivera added nine kills while Andy Sellan, the defending MIVA Offensive Player of the Week had six. The Mastodons hit .266 as a team while recording five service aces.
In the deciding set, IPFW pushed ahead early at 4-1 and never trailed, leading by as many as six, sprinting to the finish of the match with a 15-10 fifth-set win.
IPFW will take on NJIT on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
Ball State at NJIT
Ball State continued its winning ways this season with a 3-1 victory over NJIT on Friday evening. The Cardinals won by scores of 29-27, 28-26, 20-25, and 25-16.
Greg Herceg led the Cardinals with a match-high 20 kills after hitting at a .256 clip as well as two service aces and seven digs. Setter Graham McIlvaine led all players on the floor with 51 assists to go along with his ten digs for his first double-double of the season. McIlvaine also recorded two solo blocks and two block assists.
The Cardinals now improve to 2-0 and will take on Sacret Heart on Saturday.
Grand Canyon at No. 10 Cal State Northridge
The Grand Canyon Antelopes fell to No. 10 Cal State Northridge on Friday evening by scores of 25-23, 25-18, and 25-20.
Sophomore Ryan Mather recorded six kills on eight swings in the opening set while Christian Ward had three kills and one error on five attempts. Ward also contributed three block assists from the middle blocker position in set one. Ward hit .556 for the match with six kills on nine attempts.
Grand Canyon as a team hit .191 while Cal State Northridge hit .350. The Antelopes fall to 2-3 and all three of their matches have come from nationally-ranked opponents.