The Ball State men's volleyball team opened its season on the right note with a 3-1 victory over Mount Olive on the road Friday.

“It’s always good to get a road win,” head coach Joel Walton said in a statement. “Overall, I think we ran good offense at times, as .424 is a good percentage. I’d like to see us do better with our serving game, since we had a few too many errors there.”

Offensively, junior Marcin Niemczewski led the Cardinals with 17 kills, hitting .556 on 27 attacks. Senior Shane Witmer added nine kills on 22 attacks.

Setter Hiago Garchet paced the Ball State offense with 38 assists in the match. He also recorded two kills and seven digs.

Ball State held Mount Olive to just a .147 attack percentage in the match on 41 kills. The Cardinals had eight team blocks.

Libero David Ryan Vander Meer led the defense with ten digs.

Walton credited Mount Olive for its serves in the third game, which they won 25-21. He said Ball State struggled with its passing in the lone lost set.

In the end however, the Cardinals played well enough to get the win.

“Overall, it was a good to start to the 2015 season. These players are working really hard on the court and they are improving every day and it’s nice to see,” Walton said in a statement.

The Cardinals return to the court today as they take on Barton College on the road. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m.