Andrew Mishler

Larry Wrather entered the 2011 season as a bench player.

Fast forward three months, and he's firmly establishing himself as Ball State's top outside attacker. 

Wrather led Ball State to a 3-1 win (25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 26-24) over King College with 16 kills and a .279 attack percentage. He also added four digs on the night. 

J.D. Gasparovic finished next behind him with seven kills for the Cardinals. 

Ball State had a match unlike most it has played this season by starting off well but struggling more as the match moved on. 

After finishing the first game with a .312 success rate, the Cardinals slowly fell to a .250 percentage in the second game, .152 in the third and .189 in the fourth. 

Fortunately, the Cardinals' defense stood strong for the entire match.

King College never topped an attack percentage of .146 in any of the four games. The Tornados hit a low in the second frame, ending it with a -.029 rate, with only nine kills to go along with 10 attack errors. 

King College's James Friddle was its top attacker in the match with 15 kills, but Ball State also forced him into 11 attack errors. Brandon Rorer had 11 attack errors as well.

The Cardinals went to the bench for added production on the night, using 12 players on the court.

The win increases Ball State's record to 14-8. 

Ball State will finish off its weekend against Lees-McRae on the road Sunday in search of a third win in three days.