MIVA's Newest Member Begins Play On Saturday

MIVA's Newest Member Begins Play On Saturday

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association's newest member began play on Saturday as Lindenwood hosted Ohio State in the first MIVA contest of the season.

Ball State at Barton
The Cardinals improve to 5-0 after sweeping Barton by the scores of 25-15, 25-12, and 25-13.

Senior outside hitter Jamion Hartley led the way for the Cardinals with a season-high 10 kills at a .471 hitting percentage. Urim Demirovski notched a career-high nine kills and two service aces on the match.

Ball State was the first Division I program Barton has ever faced.

The Cardinals will play Quincy in their first conference match-up of the season on February 1.

Grand Canyon vs. Hope International
Grand Canyon picked up the weekend sweep against Hope International, winning 3-0 on Saturday. The Antelopes improved to 4-3 after winning by scores of 28-26, 25-22, and 31-29.

Freshman outside hitter Gerrard Lipscombe had 17 kills on 28 attempts, hitting .571 with only one error. Ben Ponnet added 13 kills at a .360 clip.

Grand Canyon will begin MIVA action against Lewis on February 1.

No. 15 Lewis vs. George Mason
No. 15 Lewis snatched its fourth victory of the season as it beat George Mason in a five-set match, 25-18, 21-25, 29-27, 25-21, and 15-9.

The Flyers held George Mason to just a .081 clip in the fourth and .000 in the fifth to come back from a 2-1 deficit at the Neil Carey Arena.

BJ Boldog recorded a floor-high 63 assists for the evening while four members of the Flyers squad recorded double-digit kills. Geoff Powell led the way with 20 while Jay Petty added 19 of his own.

The Flyers will take on Grand Canyon to start of MIVA action on February 1.

Loyola-Chicago vs. NJIT
Loyola garnered its fifth victory on Saturday evening as they swept NJIT with scores of 25-22, 25-21, and 25-21. Joseph Smalzer moved to third all-time with 112 career service aces after the match.

The Ramblers had a season-high 13 total team blocks, holding NJIT to a .047 hitting percentage. Eric Daliege led the Ramblers with six total blocks while Smalzer paced all attackers tallying nine kills and four service aces.

Loyola will resume play on February 1 in a match against Harvard.

Lindenwood vs. No. 11 Ohio State
Lindenwood fell in its first MIVA contest and first contest of the season as it hosted No. 11 Ohio State on Saturday. The Buckeyes defeated the Lions 3-0.

Colin Hackworth led the Lion offense with 13 kills and only two hitting errors. Tim Schmidt recorded a team-high 33 assists while Cory Buehler led the Lions with seven digs.

Lindenwood jumped out to an early lead in the third set thanks to a 7-0 run by the Lions. That spurt was led by Schmidt who had four service aces in that span. Ohio State caught up with Lindenwood at 16-16 and the two teams traded the lead several times in the second part of the set. Lindenwood led 20-19 before Ohio State scored three straight points to take the lead for good.

Michael Henchy led the Buckeyes with 15 kills at a .667 clip for the evening. Peter Heinen had 30 assists while Nick Gibson recorded six digs.

Ohio State finished the match hitting .429, compared to .239 for the Lions, as Lindenwood had nine more hitting errors in the contest. The Lions had one more service ace in the match, and Ohio State had four more blocks and two more digs.

Ohio State now improves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the MIVA while Lindenwood is 0-1 both overall and in the MIVA. The two squads will face-off tomorrow in St. Charles, Mo.