ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Ball State remains unbeaten after this weekend's play as four more matches occur in the MIVA conference on Saturday.
No. 10 Ohio State vs. George Mason
The No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes improved to 7-2 on the year after defeating George Mason in four sets on Saturday evening. Ohio State won by scores of 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, and 25-23.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Lutz notched the first double-double of his career, totaling 15 kills and a career-best 14 digs. Sophomore Michael Henchy added 13 kills and tied a career-high 14 digs for his second double-double this season. Redshirt senior John Tholen had a season-best 10 kills and added two digs and two block assists.
Senior Chen Levitan finished with a career-high 13 dig, while libero Brennan Anderson had a match-best 16 digs to lead the Buckeye defense. Levitan and classmate Grayson Overman led the squad with three blocks apiece.
Ohio State will take on nationally-ranked Penn State for a non-conference match on February 9.
Ball State vs. Lindenwood
The Ball State Cardinals defeated the Lindenwood Lions in a five-set thriller on Saturday evening. Ball State won by scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, and 15-12 over the MIVA newcomer Lindenwood.
Ball State was led offensively by its middle attackers Kevin Owens and Matt Leske who combined for 14 and 10 kills respectively. Owens had a .650 clip while Leske hit at .562 for the evening. Owens' 14 kills was a season high.
Lindenwood recorded 64 kills in the match compared to only 56 by the Cardinals. The Lions outblocked the Cardinals 10.5 to 9.5 and only made three reception errors for the entire evening.
Colin Hackworth led the Lions with 20 kills on the evening while Schmidt recorded a double-double with 55 assists and 14 digs. Cory Buehler led everyone on the floor with 17 digs.
Lindenwood falls to 1-4 on the year and 0-3 in conference play while Ball State remains undefeated at 7-0 and 2-0 in MIVA play. Ball State will take a week off before hosting Grand Canyon on Saturday and Sunday. Lindenwood continues conference play on February 8 against Lewis.
Loyola-Chicago vs. Springfield
Loyola-Chicago picked up the sweep on Saturday night with a victory over Springfield College all while being crowed champions of the 2013 Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic Championship. The Ramblers won by scores of 27-25, 25-23, and 25-17.
Diego Rodriguez recorded 38 assists while Joseph Smalzer led the offensive attack with 15 kills.
Peter Jasaitis, Rodriguez and Smalzer were recognized for their efforts over the weekend, being named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic All-Tournament Team. Smalzer was named Most Outstanding Player after collecting 26 kills, 11 digs and seven service aces.
The Ramblers improve to 7-5 on the season. Loyola-Chicago returns home on February 8 as it will face Quincy in its first MIVA contest of the season.
IPFW vs. Quincy
IPFW rebounded on Saturday evening with a four-set victory over Quincy. The Mastodons won by scores of 25-18, 17-25, 25-21, and 25-15.
Eddie Rivera finished with a team-high 13 kills on 25 attempts, while Andy Sellan had 10 kills. Rob Samp knocked down seven kills, as Bryan Saunders had six kills on the game. Keegan Robbins dished out 38 assists while serving up a pair of aces, while freshman Luis Bertran had 10 digs.
Freshman Jack Gamache led Quincy with a match high 15 kills and 10 digs while senior setter Chris Lynch added 34 assists.
IPFW improves to 4-3 on the year and 1-1 in the MIVA while Quincy falls to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in the MIVA. The Mastodons will take almost two weeks off before returning to action against Ball State on February 13. Quincy will rest for a week before traveling to Loyola-Chicago next weekend.