Ball State 3, Fort Wayne 2
FORT WAYNE, Ind.– The No. 11 Ball State men's volleyball team fell behind 2-1, but came back to defeat Fort Wayne 3-2 Friday night.
Freshman Matt Szews led the Cardinals with 18 kills on the day and a .400 attack percentage. Senior Connor Gross had 46 of the team's 54 assists. Defensively, Adam Wessel led the way with nine digs. As a team, Ball State knocked down 54 kills for a .316 attack percentage along with 23 total blocks.
Ball State came out strong, taking the first set, 25-23. The Cardinals had 17 total kills for an impressive .520 attack percentage in the opening set. Szews, Matt Walsh and Mitch Weiler each tallied four kills. Set one had 12 tied scores and seven lead changes, but Ball State came out on top thanks to a Szews kill.
Fort Wayne came out and controlled sets two and three. In the second set (25-17), the Cardinals had only six kills to Fort Wayne's 12. The Mastodons dominated set three from the start before forcing a Ball State timeout at 10-5. The Cardinals pulled within four, but fell 25-20.
Ball State fought back and won set four 25-20 to force a deciding set. Szews knocked down three of the Cardinals' 11 kills. Brendan Surane and Anthony Lebryk both tallied two block assists.
The Cardinals' nine kills, .533 attack percentage and four block assists helped seal the deal in a set five 15-10 victory. Surane, Walsh and Szews each had two kills in the closing set. Ball State won the match on a block assist by Gross and Walsh.
The Ball State men's volleyball team moves to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the MIVA. The Cardinals will return to action for two MIVA matches next weekend as they face Lewis (Feb. 17) and Loyola (Feb. 18). Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.
Grand Canyon 3, Quincy 2
QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University men's volleyball team stormed out to a two-set lead over visiting Grand Canyon, but the Lopes recorded two-point wins in the final three sets to close out a narrow 17-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13 win over the Hawks in MIVA action on Friday (Feb. 10) night at Pepsi Arena.
The Hawks (3-7, 1-3 MIVA) hit a blistering .535 (26 kills, three errors, 43 attacks) in the first two sets combined and they also had just four service errors in those frames. Sophomore David Siebum (St. Louis, Mo./St. John Vianney) and seniorJarrod Kelso (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) had eight kills each over the first two sets.
Quincy fought off three set points in the third game, getting a kill and a block by freshmanOmari Wheeler (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) in those three points. After a GCU timeout, the Lopes scored the next two points to get the win.
The Hawks batted away two set points in the fourth set with kills by Kelso and junior Anthony Winter (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/St. Edward), but Drake Silbernagel's kill evened the match at two sets apiece.
The Hawks led the fifth set, 5-3 after Siebum's kill, but the Lopes (6-5, 4-1 MIVA) scored the next five points to take an 8-5 lead. QU still trailed, 13-11, before junior Thane Fanfulik(Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) put down a kill, followed by a GCU attacking error, tied the game at 13-13. The momentum was short-lived as Grand Canyon got a kill from Cullen Mosher and the Hawks ended the match with an attack error.
The Hawks hit .360 as a team, their highest output since March 12, 2016. They limited the Lopes to a .277 mark. Quincy also had a 13-3 edge in total blocks.
Siebum finished with a season-high 20 kills (.351). Kelso added 16 kills (.538) and seven blocks on his most effective and efficient match of the season. Winter chipped in 11 kills. Fanfulik dished out 52 assists and recorded seven blocks (two solo). Sophomore libero Kolbie Knorr(Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South) had a team-high eight digs.
Mosher led Grand Canyon with 17 kills (.382) and four aces. Silbernagel and Shalev Saada had 12 kills each. Sky Engleman had a match-high 13 digs.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 7 p.m. at Pepsi Arena.