Sophomore outside attacker Marcin Niemczewski hits the ball over the net during the match against Mount Olive on March 1 at Worthen Arena. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cardinals drop five-set thriller to Lewis
Ball State dropped its match against Lewis on Saturday night in five sets, falling 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25 and 13-15.
It’s the second time in three days that the Cardinals have blown a two-set lead, the first time coming against Loyola on Thursday night.
Outside attackers Marcin Niemczewski and Matt Sutherland led the way offensively for Ball State, putting up 15 and 13 kills, respectively, while middle attacker Matt Leske added 12.
The Cardinals hit .232 on the night and finished with 64 kills. Lewis’ Geoff Powell finished with a match-high 32.
Setter Graham McIlvaine finished the match with 54 assists while adding three kills of his own.
Leading the Cardinals in digs was libero David Ryan Vander Meer with 14, McIlvaine was second with 11.
Leske led the team with 12 block assists as Ball State finished with
22.5 blocks, one of its best totals of the season.
The loss drops Ball State to 17-7 and 6-4 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.