3/11 - Saturday Recap

3/11 - Saturday Recap

Ball State 3, UC San Diego 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ball State men's volleyball team rounded out Spring Break with a 3-0 victory over UC San Diego in the Ohio State Tournament.

Matt Szews and Matt Walsh had a big day for Ball State, each knocking down 10 kills. Walsh also had a .571 hitting percentage, two block assists, two service aces and one solo block. Szews added nine digs and two block assists. Edgardo Cartagena tallied seven kills for the Cardinals whileBrendan Surane had five kills and a team high 10 digs. Connor Gross added 32 assists on the day.

Ball State came out and scored the first three points of the opening set: a kill from Cartagena, a Triton error and a kill by Szews. The first set saw nine tied scores and two lead changes, but the Cardinals pulled away the set one win, 25-23. Walsh led the set with four kills while Cartagena and Szews added three.

In the set two 25-19 victory, Ball State had 11 total kills. The Cardinals had a .259 hitting percentage compared to UC San Diego's .061 hitting percentage. Szews led the way with four digs, three kills and one block assist.

The Matts each had four kills in the third set victory, 25-19. Surane led the set with six digs and also added two block assists. Parker Swartz had one kills in set three, the match winning point.

Ball State men's volleyball (15-6, 6-4 MIVA) will return to Worthen Arena Saturday, March 18 against Alderson Broaddus at 7:30 p.m.

UC Irvine 3, Ohio State 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio –The No. 6 UC Irvine Anteaters (15-6) handed No. 1 Ohio State (19-1) its first NCAA loss in nearly 400 days, departing St. John Arena with a straight-sets victory (28-26, 25-19, 25-20) to snap the Buckeyes' 42-match winning streak. Thirty-five digs and eight blocks from the Anteaters stymied the OSU attack, limiting the Buckeyes to a .222 team hitting percentage.

• Ohio State strung together a 42-match winning streak, the MIVA's all-time longest and tied for the third-best in NCAA history (UCLA set the all-time record of 47 straight in both 1979-80 and 1983-85; and 42 in 1981-83)
• Also marks the longest winning streak in OSU Athletics history for teams competing in head-to-head competition
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016 (399 days)
• Ohio State won 126 of 152 sets (83%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak included six wins over Top-5 opponents and 18 against teams ranked inside the Top-12
• Also included in the streak are 18 straight wins in true road matches (last loss in an opponent's home gym came in '15)

Ohio State looks to start a new streak next week with a pivotal jump back into conference play. The Buckeyes, atop the MIVA standings at 8-0, travel to the Windy City for matches versus league contenders Lewis (15-5, 9-2 MIVA) and Loyola (11-6, 6-3 MIVA). Ohio State faces No. 10 Loyola Thursday (March 16) before a Saturday night showdown at No. 5 Lewis. Both contests are set for 7 pm. CT/8 p.m. ET starts.

Lindenwood 3, Lees-McRae 0

After suffering a five-set loss on Friday night in Bristol, Tenn., the Lindenwood men's volleyball team handled Lees-McRae in three sets on Saturday evening at a neutral-site court.

Lindenwood held Lees-McRae to .045 in the first set en route to a 25-18 win before surviving 25-20 and 25-16 in the next two frames. The Lions attacked at a .421 clip in the third set to seal the victory. The three-set victory is the first for Lindenwood this season, as it has now won a match in all decisions.

Ryan Moore led the way for the Lions with 16 points, including 11 kills. The senior was involved in seven blocks, including one solo, and recorded seven digs. Nathan Van Dellen hit .563 in the win, securing 10 kills, three digs, and one assist.

Adam Brewster dished out 24 assists in the win, while also recording five digs and two kills. The sophomore has now surpassed 550 assists on the season, and is currently at 864 for his career. Joseph Mayer tallied five assists in his one set of action.

Karsten Staples also recorded double-digit points with 10, having seven kills, four assisted blocks, and one service ace.

Overall, the Lions had 10 blocks compared to the Bobcats' three, while Michael Jennings led the team with two service aces. The team recorded five throughout the match. Jennings had six kills on the night, while Ryan Vorderer tallied double-digit digs for the ninth time this season. His total of 11 led the team, as Ben Symonds recorded two.

The Lions hit .312 on the night, while holding the Bobcats to a .115 attack percentage. The team tallied 38 kills on the night.

The win improves Lindenwood to 3-15 on the season. The Lions end their non-conference schedule with the victory, and will host three of the last five matches in Hyland Arena. Quincy will travel to St. Charles on March 25 for 2 p.m. match. The Hawks took a four-set decision earlier in the season against the Lions.

Grand Canyon 3, McKendree 2
The McKendree University men's volleyball team fell in five sets to Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association foe Grand Canyon University Saturday evening inside the Harry M. Statham Sports Center. The Bearcats dropped the match by scores of 25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, and 15-11.

The loss dips McKendree to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in MIVA play.

Senior opposite Maalik Walker (Shorewood, IL/Minooka) put down a team high 16 kills to go with seven digs and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Will Frank (Moro, IL/Edwardsville) posted 12 kills, five digs, and two blocks. Junior outside hitter Nolan Rueter (Burlington, WI/Burlington) added 11 kills and seven digs, while junior middle blocker Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) put down 10 kills and a match high six blocks

Junior setter Pasquale Fiduccia (Hanover Park, IL/Glenbard North) recorded a match high 47 assists, adding seven digs and three blocks. Senior middle blocker Wyatt Patterson (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) added five kills, and sophomore libero Zach Thompson (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) tied for a match high 11 digs for McKendree.

The Antelopes used a 6-0 run to take an 11-6 lead in the opening set. McKendree bounced back with a 4-0 run capped off on a block from Frank to pull within two. Frank then put down a kill followed by an ace from Fiduccia to trim the deficit to one at 12-11. Grand Canyon took three of the next four points to go up 15-12 before another kill from Frank and an ace from Schmidt brought the Bearcats back at 15-14. A 3-0 run from the Antelopes pushed the lead back to 19-15 before Grand Canyon closed out the set with a 5-0 run to take a 1-0 lead.

The Antelopes picked up where they left off using a 3-0 run before bolting ahead to 6-2. McKendree countered with a 5-1 run to tie the set at 9-9 thanks to a pair of kills from Frank. Schmidt and Rueter followed with two kills each as the set shifted to 15-15. Walker kicked off a 4-1 spree with a kill, before an ace from Rueter and another kill from Walker put McKendree on top 17-16. Walker and Rueter followed up with another kill each to start a 3-0 run finished off by a block from Schmidt to give the Bearcats a 20-17 edge. The Antelopes rallied to tie the set at 23, but McKendree closed the set with back-to-back points, finished off by a kill from Patterson.

Rueter put down a trio of kills, while Walker added two of his own to give the Bearcats a 6-2 lead. McKendree continued to roll with a 5-1 run to push ahead 13-6. Grand Canyon bounced back with a 5-1 run of its own to trim the lead to two at 17-15, before a 4-0 run that tied the set at 19 all. The Bearcats replied with 4-1 run to take a two-point lead before a kill from Rueter and an ace from Walker closed out the set to give McKendree a 2-1 advantage.

Frank kept things rolling by putting down three straight kills to open set four. A kill from Schmidt and an ace from Frank moved the Bearcats ahead 5-1, but the Antelopes battled back 11-4 run to jump ahead 12-9. The Bearcats used a 3-1 run to get back in the set at 15-14, but a 4-1 spree from Grand Canyon in front 22-17. Schmidt tried to bring McKendree back with a pair of kills as the Bearcats moved within three at 23-20, but the Antelopes used a pair of kills to force a decisive fifth set.

Walker and Frank opened the race to 15 with back-to-back kills. Grand Canyon responded with two of its own to tie the set at two, but Walker and Rueter sandwiched kills around ace from Schmidt to put the Bearcats in control at 6-4. Frank converted a pair of attacks as the set shifted to 10-9 in favor of McKendree, but Grand Canyon replied with a 5-0 run to force match point at 14-10. Walker put down a kill forcing a timeout from the Antelopes, and Grand Canyon was able to hold on, landing the final kill of the night to close the match.

Lewis 3, UC Santa Barbara 1
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The No. 5 Lewis University men's volleyball team ended its Spring Break on a high note with the 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22 non-conference victory over No. 15 UC Santa Barbara at Rob Gym on Saturday (March 11).

Lewis' trio of redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Mitch Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka), redshirt freshman outside hitter Ryan Coenen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) and redshirt senior middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) combined for 41 of the Flyers' 56 kills. They also combined for a hitting percentage of .378 (41 kills, 10 errors, 82 attacks).

Perinar had a team-high 17 kills and a team-high four blocks (1 solo), while hitting .316 (17-5-38). Coenen finished with 15 kills and nine digs with a hitting percentage of .414 (15-3-29). Schmiegelt had nine putaways and hit .467 (9-1-15) with a team-high four blocks.

With the win, Lewis improves to 16-5, while the host Gauchos drop to 9-11 on the campaign.

Lewis sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) had a match-high 48 assists and four blocks, while redshirt sophomore libero Michael Simmons (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) contributed a match-high 12 digs.

As a team, Lewis hit .315 (56-17-124), while UCSB recorded a hitting percentage of .215 (53-25-130).

Lewis returns to Neil Carey Arena on Thursday (March 16) for a 7 PM showdown against McKendree.

Long Beach State 3, Loyola 0
In Short

Ben Plaisted recorded a team-high 10 kills, but No. 10 Loyola University Chicago hit only .026 (24-22-77) as No. 2 Long Beach State (19-2) earned a 25-13, 25-20, 25-19 victory tonight in the LBSU Asics Tournament at Walter Pyramid. With the loss, the Ramblers fall to 11-7 overall.

How It Happened

Five straight Loyola errors allowed Long Beach State to open up a 9-4 lead in the first set and it would roll from there. The Ramblers couldn't generate anything offensively, hitting -.231 (5-11-26) in the opening set as the 49ers picked up a 25-13 victory.

Two early kills from Plaisted helped Loyola jump out to a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Long Beach would rally to even the score at 7. The teams then engaged in a tightly contested set the rest of the way, with neither leading by more than a point, before the 49ers got back-to-back kills from TJ DeFalco and Andrew Whitt to grab an 18-16 lead. Loyola got within a point, at 20-19, but Long Beach closed out the set on a 5-1 run to collect a 25-20 win.

The third set was also a back-and-forth battle until Long Beach rattled off three unanswered points to turn a one-point advantage into an 18-14 lead. A 49er service error and Will Tischler kill sliced the deficit in half, but a kill from Kyle Ensing opened up a 4-0 Long Beach spurt that gave it a 22-16 lead en route to a 25-19 decision.

Following the match, Plaisted and Cole Murray were named to the Asics All-Tournament Team.

A Look At The Boxscore

Plaisted has now recorded 10 or more kills in eight consecutive matches.Murray finished with 7 kills and hit .312 (7-2-16).Ensing and DeFalco notched 11 kills apiece to lead Long Beach State.

Up Next

Loyola continues a grueling stretch of matches versus ranked teams when it welcomes No. 1 Ohio State to Gentile Arena on March 16.