It was an emotional afternoon inside Worthen Arena Saturday as No. 15 Ball State (13-11, 4-5 MIVA) closed out the home portion of its regular-season schedule. The Cardinals welcomed No. 7 Lewis (18-5, 9-1 MIVA), who were coming into the match on an 11-match win streak.
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Junior outside attacker Matt Szews’ 14 kills was not enough for No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (12-11, 3-5 MIVA) against No. 10 Loyola-Chicago (14-7, 7-2 MIVA) Thursday. A .181 hitting percentage and 24 attack errors hurt the Cardinals, falling 3-0 to the Ramblers.
After defeating EIVA opponents Saint Francis and Penn State, No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (12-10, 3-4) will aim to extend its three-match win streak against No. 10 Loyola-Chicago (13-7, 6-2 MIVA) and No. 7 Lewis (17-4, 8-0 MIVA) on this upcoming weekend.
No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (12-10, 3-4 MIVA) held its annual Senior Night Saturday, but it was a junior in outside attacker Matt Szews’ season-high 21 kills that propelled the Cardinals to a 3-1 comeback victory over Penn State.
After three matches at the Outrigger Tournament in Honolulu, No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (11-10, 3-4 MIVA) returned Worthen Arena Friday in successful form. The Cardinals limited Saint Francis (11-9, 5-2 EIVA) to a .011 hitting percentage to sweep the Red Flash, 3-0.
After back-to-back sweeps of Lindenwood and Quincy, No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (10-10, 3-4 MIVA) escaped the cold weather and traveled to Honolulu March 7-9 for the Outrigger Tournament.
After sweeping Lindenwood Friday, No. 15 Ball State (9-8, 3-4 MIVA) showed no signs of a setback Saturday against Quincy (4-13, 0-7 MIVA) as the Cardinals swept the Hawks, 3-0.
After a 3-0 loss to Purdue Fort Wayne Feb. 21, No. 15 Ball State (7-8, 1-4 MIVA) will return to action this weekend against Lindenwood (7-9, 3-3 MIVA) and Quincy (4-12, 0-6 MIVA).
A .147 to .292 gap in hitting percentage and 18 attack errors proved costly for No. 12 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (7-8, 1-4 MIVA) Thursday, as the team fell 3-0 to No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne (9-7, 3-2 MIVA).
In its fourth consecutive match against a ranked opponent, No. 12 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (7-7, 1-3 MIVA) will return to Worthen Arena Thursday to face No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne (8-7, 2-2 MIVA).
After falling 3-0 to Lewis on Friday, No. 12 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (7-7, 1-3 MIVA) returned to the court Saturday with greater confidence against No. 7 Loyola-Chicago (11-3, 4-0 MIVA).
No. 10 Lewis (9-4, 3-0 MIVA) doubled No. 12 Ball State Men’s Volleyball’s (7-6, 1-2 MIVA) hitting percentage Friday, leading to a 3-0 sweep and the Cardinals’ second consecutive conference loss.
After a 3-2 comeback victory over George Mason on Feb. 10, No. 12 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (7-5, 1-1 MIVA) will travel this weekend to face a pair of MIVA opponents, No. 10 Lewis (9-4, 2-0 MIVA) and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago (9-3, 2-0 MIVA) on Feb. 15 and 16.
Although Ball State Men’s Volleyball (7-5, 1-1 MIVA) head coach Joel Walton has been stressing the importance of a consistent offense to his players, it was the Cardinals’ defense which propelled the team to defeat George Mason (8-2, 2-0 EIVA) in a five-set battle Sunday.
25 attack errors proved costly for No. 11 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (6-5, 1-1 MIVA) Thursday, as the Cardinals fell 3-0 to McKendree (4-4, 1-0 MIVA) in MIVA action.
After a two-match road sweep, No. 11 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (6-4, 1-0 MIVA) returns home this week to face McKendree (3-4, 0-0 MIVA) and No. 13 George Mason (7-1, 2-0 EIVA) on Feb. 7 and 10.
How do you respond to dropping four straight matches against ranked opposition?
In a back-and-forth match which saw the Cardinals go to extra points, No. 11 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (5-4, 1-0 MIVA) was able to hold off Harvard (1-5, 1-0 EIVA) for its first road victory this season.
Beginning conference play on a high note Saturday with a 3-1 win over No. 14 Ohio State, no. 11 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (4-4, 1-0 MIVA) will travel this weekend to face Harvard (1-4, 1-0 EIVA) and Sacred Heart (1-3, 0-1 EIVA) on Feb. 1 and 2.
Confidence is key.