Article Image
Courtesy: BSU Photo Services

MVB Falls to No. 6 Ohio State, 3-1

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: February 17, 2013
Print RSS
Share |

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ball State men’s volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (28-26, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23) Sunday afternoon at St. John Arena. Senior outside hitter Greg Herceg and sophomore outside hitter Shane Witmer each tallied double-digit kills while junior setter Graham McIlvaine registered a double-double.

Herceg led the match with 18 kills while Witmer added 10 kills. McIlvaine tallied his second double-double of the season and seventh of his career off 45 assists and a career-high 13 digs. Junior libero Tommy Rouse got under 17 digs while middle blockers Kevin Owens and Matt Leske each recorded a solo block and five assisted blocks.

The Cardinals trailed in the first set but used defense to get back in. Two triple blocks and a solo block by Owens brought the Cardinals to within two, 20-18. A heads up play from McIlvaine to dig the ball gave way to a Witmer kill to bring BSU to within one. The score would get knotted up several times down the stretch, but the Buckeyes came out on top 28-26.

Ball State led by as many as seven twice in the second set, 18-11 and 20-13. Ohio State mounted an 8-2 run to tie the set at 22-all. Herceg managed a dig that set up a Witmer kill to give the Cardinals a one-point advantage. A Herceg kill and a Buckeye attack error would give the Cardinals the 25-22 set win.

Ohio State hit a .297 clip (17-6-37) to Ball State’s .222 (12-4-36) in the third set. The Cardinals were not able to outlast an offensive explosion from the Buckeyes’ Chen Levitan and Andrew Lutz and fell 25-19.

The Cardinals led by as many as six early on in the fourth set, but the Buckeyes managed a comeback and took the lead 21-20. Back-to-back kills by Herceg knotted up the match at 23. The match ended on a Cardinal attack error.

With the loss the Cardinals fall to 8-3 on the year and 3-3 in the MIVA, while the Buckeyes improve to 10-2 and 4-0 in league action.

Ball State next travels to Chicago next weekend to play matches against No. 14 Lewis on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., and (RV) Loyola on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. You can keep track of the team on Twitter at @BallStateMVB or on Facebook at “Ball State Men’s Volleyball”. As always, is the official site of Ball State Athletics.


Student Athlete of the Week: Mike Scannell
MVB Highlights vs. Quincy (2/25/16)
Sports Link: Meet the Athlete (Mike Scannell)
MVB Highlights vs. Loyola (2/17/16)
Sports Link: I Play For You (Brendan Surane)
Student Athlete of the Week: Mitch Weiler
Men's Volleyball: Cards Mastering The Comeback
Highlights vs. Harvard
Highlights versus Sacred Heart
Highlights vs. Alderson Broaddus
Ball State All Access
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
A-1 Graphics
American Chevrolet
Burger King
Cousin Vinnys
Dillman's Furniture
Discount Tire
Holiday Inn Express
Jimmy John's
Johnny Carino's
Muncie Auto Group
Mutual Bank
Peak Property Group
Sam Pierce Chevrolet
Camping World
Victory Honda
Village Promenade
MacAllister Rentals
A-1 For Fun
Baskin Robins
Prime Trust
T.I.S. Bookstore
Advanced Signs
Cambria Hotels and Suites
Central Indiana Orthopedic
Coldwell Banker
Cooper Tires
Downtown Muncie Red
Intrust Bank
McCoy Ford-Lincoln
Papa John's
Terrance Smith Distributing
Texas Roadhouse
University Avenue Dental