Ball State 3, Loyola 0
No. 13 Ball State (18-9, 9-7 MIVA) hit .319 to earn a 25-21, 25-15, 25-19 victory over No. 10 Loyola University Chicago tonight at Worthen Arena in the regular –season finale for both teams. With the loss, the Ramblers drop to 16-11 overall and 9-7 in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play. Loyola loses the tiebreaker with Ball State, based on point differential (20-19), and will be the No. 5 seed in the MIVA Tournament, which begins next Saturday.
How It Happened
The opening set was a back-and-forth battle and Ben Plaisted's kill knotted the score at 17. Following that tally, Ball State grabbed control of the set by responding with a 5-0 run to break open a 22-17 lead and never looked back en route to a 25-21 victory.
Five Loyola errors aided the Cardinals' 10-4 run to commence the second set and BSU would roll to a 25-15 win. Through the first two sets, the Ramblers managed to hit just .049 (17-14-61), with Plaisted providing the bulk of the LU attack with nine kills.
Ball State raced out to a 9-4 lead in the third set and kept Loyola at bay, never allowing the Ramblers to get closer than four points the rest of the way as it earned a 25-19 victory that earned the Cardinals home court advantage for the MIVA Tournament first round.
Inside The Box Score
- Plaisted reached double digits in kills for the 17th straight match, finishing tonight's contest with a team-high 12 stops.
- The Ramblers couldn't get on track offensively and hit just .092 (28-20-87) for the night.
- Collin Mahan matched a career high with 11 digs.
- Matt Szews tallied 14 kills to lead Ball State.
Loyola will face No. 4 seed Ball State in the opening round of the MIVA Tournament, April 15 in Muncie, Ind. The Ramblers will be the tournament's No. 5 seed.
Lewis 3, Fort Wayne 0
Fort Wayne, Ind. - The No. 7 Lewis University men's volleyball team ended the regular-season on a high note as the Flyers cruised to their fifth-straight win with the 25-13, 26-24, 25-16 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association sweep over Fort Wayne at the Gates Sports Center on Saturday (Apr. 8).
Lewis recorded a season-high hitting percentage of .500 (46 kills, 9 errors, 74 attacks) in the win. That is the highest hitting percentage by a Flyer team since they hit .524 (39-6-63) against Lindenwood on April 10, 2015.
With the win, Lewis improves to 22-6 overall and 13-3 in MIVA play, while the Mastodons end the 2017 campaign with a record of 5-23 on the season and 2-14 in conference action.
Lewis' duo of redshirt sophomore outside hitter Mitch Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka) and redshirt freshman Ryan Coenen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) combined for more kills (28) than Fort Wayne totaled as a team (24).
Perinar recorded 15 kills and hit .591 (15 kills, 2 errors, 22 attacks), while Coenen had 13 putaways and hit .476 (13-3-21). Coenen, along with redshirt sophomore libero Michael Simmons (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) collected a match-high seven digs.
Lewis sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) notched a match-high 31 assists, while senior middle blocker John Hodul (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) had a match-high six block assists.
Lewis has clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MIVA Volleyball Tournament and will host a yet-to-be determined opponent at 7 PM on Saturday (Apr. 15) at Neil Carey Arena.
McKendree 3, Lindenwood 1
The McKendree University men's volleyball wrapped up the regular season Saturday night in St. Charles, MO with a 3-1 win over Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association foe Lindenwood University. The Bearcats won by scores of 19-25, 26-24, 25-16, and 25-18.
The win improves McKendree to 11-18 overall and 6-10 in league play. The Bearcats will now head to Phoenix, AZ for the first round of the MIVA Tournament as McKendree clinched the No. 6 seed and will take on the No. 3 seeded Antelopes of Grand Canyon University. The meeting will mark the second straight post season appearance for the Bearcats.
Senior opposite Maalik Walker (Shorewood, IL/Minooka) put down a team high 11 kills in the win to go with four digs and two blocks. Junior outside hitter Nolan Rueter (Burlington, WI/Burlington) tallied 10 kills, five digs, and three blocks. Senior middle blocker Wyatt Patterson (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) hit .778 from the field, converting seven of his nine attacks to pair with three blocks.
Junior setter Pasquale Fiduccia (Hanover Park, IL/Glenbard North) notched 32 assists along with seven digs and five blocks. Junior middle blocker Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) put down 10 blocks, including three solos.
Junior outside hitter Jared Wilcox (Warrenville, IL/Wheaton-Warrenville South) added six kills and six digs, while sophomore libero Zach Thompson (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) stuck 11 digs from the back row for McKendree.
The Lions sandwiched a three and four point run around three straight points from the Bearcats to take a 7-3 lead in the opening set. An ace from Fiduccia followed by kills from Rueter, Patterson, and Walker pulled McKendree within one at 10-9, but Lindenwood followed with three straight to jump back on top at 13-9. A 5-1 run from the Bearcats sparked by a kill from Walker evened the set at 14 all, before Lindenwood was able to strike back by moving ahead 18-16. The Lions followed with a 3-0 run and went on to take seven of the next nine points to earn the first set.
The teams traded the first 16 points of set two as Rueter and Fiduccia recorded a pair of kills each. A 5-2 spree from McKendree gave the Bearcats a 13-10 lead, but a 4-0 run from Lindenwood put the Lions on top 15-14. McKendree responded with three straight kills from Walker, Patterson, and Wilcox, before two more scores from Walker gave the Bearcats a 19-17 advantage. Lindenwood rallied with three a 3-0 run to take a 21-20 lead before trading points as the set shifted to 24-23 in favor of the Lions. Wilcox tied the set with a kill before back to back blocks from Fiduccia and Schmidt closed set two for McKendree.
Patterson and Wilcox landed kills around a block from Schmidt as the Bearcats continued to roll in set there with a 4-2 lead. Lindenwood struck back with a 3-0 run to go ahead by one, but McKendree wouldn't be out done using an 8-2 run that featured a trio of kills from Rueter to open a 12-7 lead. The Bearcats put the set out of reach with an 8-1 run as McKendree took a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth set with a nine point win in the third.
The Bearcats used a pair of 5-2 sprees to open set four as Wilcox recorded a kill and an ace and Schmidt added a kill and a block. The Lions worked back into the set at 13-12, but McKendree used back to back kills from Walker to kick off a 5-1 run as the Bearcats moved ahead 17-13. The teams traded points as McKendree maintained a four point lead at 21-17 before closing out the set and the match on a 4-1 run as Schmidt tallied two more blocks to seal the deal.
Ohio State 3, Quincy 1