Coming off a 2018 season that saw Ball State Men’s Volleyball head to the MIVA semifinals, great expectations were on the line heading into 2019. From the addition of four freshmen, including outside attacker Kaleb Jenness, as well as a number of returners, confidence was key for the Cardinals early.
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In a match which saw Ball State Men’s Volleyball (15-15, 6-9 MIVA) go to extra points in its final three sets, the Cardinals ultimately fell short of a MIVA Semifinals with a 3-2 loss to McKendree (13-12, 7-8 MIVA) in the MIVA Quarterfinals Saturday.
After a 3-2 comeback victory over McKendree on Thursday and seven days remaining until the MIVA quarterfinals, Ball State Men’s Volleyball (15-14, 6-8 MIVA) concluded its regular season Saturday night against Ohio State (10-18, 5-9 MIVA). However, the Cardinals would let go of a 2-1 lead through three sets as the Buckeyes would prevail in five, 3-2.
In what head coach Joel Walton described as an “up-and-down” match, Ball State Men’s Volleyball (15-13, 6-7 MIVA) edged McKendree (11-12, 6-7 MIVA), 3-2, in a five-set battle Thursday.
Junior outside hitter Pelegrin Vargas’ 19 kills and .351 hitting percentage was too much to handle for No. 13 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (13-11, 4-6 MIVA) Tuesday. The Cardinals began their five-match MIVA road trip Tuesday with a 3-0 loss to No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne (14-9, 6-4 MIVA).
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.
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.