ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Four members of the MIVA conference earned victories on Saturday. Of the schools that have started competition, Ball State remains the lone undefeated team after defeating Sacred Heart on Saturday.
Ball State at Sacred Heart
Led with its defense, Ball State earned its third victory of the season on Saturday after defeating Sacred Heart 3-1. The Cardinals won by scores of 25-18, 25-27, 25-16, and 29-27.
As a team, Ball State earned 19.5 blocks on the evening, led by Kevin Owens with a match-high three solo blocks to go with six assisted blocks. Six Cardinals registered at least five kills, with Owen and senior Matt Leske leading the way with eight and seven kills, respectively.
Tommy Rouse led the team with 10 digs while Graham McIlvaine tallied 37 assists. Freshman Jack Lesure played in his first collegiate match on Saturday afternoon and at one point served nine straight points.
Ball State remains undefeated, the best start since the 2006 season.
Loyola at George Mason
The Ramblers swept George Mason on Saturday afternoon by scores of 25-21, 28-26, and 25-23. Loyola has now won four-straight matches heading into a match-up against Penn State on Tuesday.
Nicholas Olson posted a career-best five total blocks along with seven kills. Joseph Smalzer continued to lead the Loyola offensive with 13 kills and four total blocks. Diego Rodriguez tallied 34 assists in the three-set match.
In the first set, the Ramblers held George Mason to just a .053 hitting percentage. For the evening Loyola hit at a .264 as a team.
Loyola now improves to 4-3 on the season.
IPFW at NJIT
Despite being up two sets to one, the Mastodons fell on Saturday afternoon to NJIT by scores of 14-25, 25-21, 25-13, 23-25, and 13-15.
Eddie Rivera led the IPFW attack with 18 kills followed by Nick Smalter with 15. Omar Rivera led all players on the floor with 45 assists and Luis Bertran led IPFW with 12 digs.
IPFW held NJIT to a .211 clip while posting a .256 mark of its own. Service errors plagued the Mastodons as they committed 19 on the evening. NJIT only committed 12 in five sets.
The Mastodons fall to 2-2 on the year.
No. 12 Lewis at Saint Francis
Going down two sets to one, the No. 12 Lewis Flyers bounced back and took sets four and five in a thrilling five-set victory against St. Francis on Saturday evening.
Jay Petty and Geoff Powell led the Lewis attack, contributing 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Bj Boldog led all players on the floor with 42 and Petty also led the team in digs with nine.
Lewis hit at a .242 clip for the evening including a .417 mark in the fifth and a .385 clip in the fourth. Although St. Francis won the kill battle 54-52, the Flyers forced 27 errors by St. Francis.
Lewis improves to 2-5 on the season.
Quincy at Milwaukee School of Engineering
Quincy defeated Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday evening in four sets by scores of 25-21, 25-27, 25-18, and 25-8. The Hawks held MSOE to a -.321 clip in the fourth set.
Ian Lawson led the Hawk offensive, producing 11 kills on 22 attempts. Chris Lynch and Brian Rogan split setting duties, recording 12 and 21 assists, respectively. Josh Farrell led the team with nine digs.
As a team, the Hawks hit at just a .167 clip, but hit .333 in the final frame. For the match, MSOE was held to just a .007 hitting percentage.
Quincy improves to 3-2 while handing MSOE its first loss of the season.