Five Ball State men's volleyball players receive MIVA awards

The Ball State men's volleyball team congratulates outside attacker Matt Szews on gaining a point for the team during the fourth set of the match against New Jersey Institute of Technology on Jan. 27 in Worthen Arena. Szews led the team with 11 kills, two aces and five digs. Grace Ramey // DN
The Ball State men's volleyball team congratulates outside attacker Matt Szews on gaining a point for the team during the fourth set of the match against New Jersey Institute of Technology on Jan. 27 in Worthen Arena. Szews led the team with 11 kills, two aces and five digs. Grace Ramey // DN

Five Ball State men's volleyball players were announced as winners for the 2017 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association awards. 

Freshman outside attacker Matt Szews was named MIVA Freshman of the Year, All-MIVA first team and All-MIVA freshman team. Junior middle attacker Matt Walsh was named All-MIVA first team. Senior setter Connor Gross was named All-MIVA second team. Senior outside attacker Brendan Surane was an All-MIVA honorable mention and freshman libero Nick Lavanchy was named to the All-MIVA freshman team.

Szews finished third in the MIVA in kills per set (3.47), third in total kills (337) and third in service aces per set (0.37). Szews had a career-high 23 kills in the loss to Grand Canyon on March 2.

Walsh finished second in the MIVA in hitting percentage (.441) and second in blocks per set (1.21). Walsh had a season-high 12 total blocks in a win over Grand Canyon on March 1.

Gross finished seventh in the MIVA in total digs (177) and second in assists per set (10.43). Gross had a season-high 12 digs in the win against Penn State on Jan. 13.

Surane finished 11th in the MIVA in kills per set (2.77) and 11th in total kills (244). Surane had a season-high 21 kills in the win against George Mason on Jan. 26.

Lavanchy finished sixth in the MIVA in digs per set (1.98) and 16th in total digs (129). Lavanchy had a season-high 15 digs in the win against Princeton on Jan. 5. 

The No. 11 Cardinals begin their postseason at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at home against No. 12 Loyola-Chicago. 

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