ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Seven out of the eight members of the MIVA conference continue play on Saturday afternoon. Ball State remains undefeated both overall and in the MIVA after Saturday's play.
Ball State vs. Grand Canyon
Ball State came out on top on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Grand Canyon in a five-set thriller. The Cardinals won by scores of 25-22, 25-12, 18-25, 23-25, and 15-12. With the victory, Ball State remains a perfect 8-0 overall and 3-0 in MIVA play. Grand Canyon falls to 4-6 and 0-3 in the MIVA.
Greg Herceg led the Cardinals' offensive with a career-high 25 kills. He also recorded a double-double in the contest with a season-high 12 digs. Junior middle attacker Matt Leske tied his career-high in assisted blocks with eight and also added two solo blocks.
Outside hitter Ben Ponnet recorded 11 kills, 15 digs, and three block assists before suffering an injury in the fifth set. The Antelopes were up 8-7 after producing a four-point run in the fifth set before Ponnets injury. Christian Ward ended the match with 10 kills for the Antelopes at a .438 attack percentage. Ryan Mather recorded a team-high 12 kills.
The two teams will continue play with a contest against each other on Sunday at 5 p.m.
No. 9 Ohio State at No. 7 Penn State
No. 9 Ohio State earned a 3-0 victory over No. 7 Penn State on Saturday evening. The Buckeyes won by scores of 25-22, 25-20, and 26-24. With the victory, the Buckeyes move to 8-2 on the season and hand the Nittany Lions their second defeat of the season.
The Ohio State defense finished with 10.0 blocks on the night highlighted by a season-high seven blocks from senior Grayson Overman. Andrew Lutz led the Buckeyes with 13 kills and eight digs in the win.
Ohio State returns home for a pair of MIVA matches, beginning with a 7 p.m. match against IPFW on February 15. The Buckeyes will then host Ball State on February 13.
Loyola-Chicago vs. Lindenwood
Loyola-Chicago topped the Lindenwood Lions in straight sets on Saturday evening, winning by scores of 25-22, 25-16, and 25-21. Loyola improves to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in the MIVA. Lindenwood falls to 1-6 overall with a 1-5 mark in the MIVA.
Thomas Jaeschke of Loyola-Chicago had a career-high 15 kills to lead all players on the floor while Peter Jasaitis totaled 11 digs. Kyle Overby led the Lindenwood attack with 10 kills at a .471 clip while Lindenwood's libero Cory Buehler led the team with 10 digs.
Loyola continues its five-game homestand next Saturday when the Ramblers host Lewis in a conference match-up. Lindenwood returns home as it will host Quincy on Wednesday, February 13.
No. 14 Lewis vs. Quincy
No. 14 Lewis Flyers extended its winning streak to seven matches with a straight set sweep of Quincy on Saturday evening. Lewis improves to 9-5 on the year and is a perfect 4-0 in MIVA play while Quincy falls to 4-7 on the season and 0-4 in league play.
Lewis recorded 10.5 blocks in the match, led by freshman middle Bobby Walsh. The Flyers' Eric Fitterer led all players on the floor with 12 kills, two aces and two block assists. Quincy's Jack Gamache led the Hawks with nine kills and Chris Lynch recorded 21 assists in the match.
Lewis is set to host its Alumni Match on Friday, February 15 before heading to Loyola-Chicago on February 16. Quincy will remain on the road as it heads to Lindenwood on February 13.