ST. CHARLES, Mo. - A balanced approach helped the No. 15 Ball State men’s volleyball team down MIVA foe Lindenwood in four sets (23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-17) Saturday evening. The Cardinals held the advantage in blocking with Graham McIlvaine and Matt Leske leading the way.
With the win the Cardinals improve to 7-3 on the season and a flawless 3-0 in MIVA play while the Lions fall to 8-4 on the year and 3-3 in league action.
Senior Larry Wrather and sophomore Marcin Niemczewski each tallied 12 kills for Ball State while senior Kevin Owens and junior Shane Witmer each added eight. Owens hit a blistering .438 on the night (8-1-16) while Wrather maintained a .346 (12-3-26) clip. Wrather and Witmer were each nearing a double double as both got under nine digs. Witmer passed 18 balls on the night without committing a reception error.
Senior Graham McIlvaine inched toward a triple double on the night with 35 assists, nine digs and eight total blocks. The senior tied classmate Matt Leske with seven assisted blocks. Junior David Ryan Vander Meer was credited with eight digs on the night.
Ball State held the advantage in hitting percentage (.266 - .157), blocks (14-4) and digs (47-40). Lindenwood started off the match hot in the first set hitting at .370 (14-4-27), but would not hit above .147 for a set in the rest of the match. Ball State benefitted from 17 Lindenwood service errors; Ball State committed nine miscues from the service line.
Lindenwood was led by three-time MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Colin Hackworth who had a match-high 19 kills.
The Cardinals will return home to Worthen Arena on Thursday, Feb. 20 for a 7:30 p.m. match against league-leading Loyola-Chicago. The team will also be signing its schedule posters following the match. Check ballstatesports.com for more news and information on Ball State men’s volleyball.