MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team earned its first win of the season over a ranked opponent when it took down No. 10 Penn State in four sets (25-20, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20). Red-shirt senior Jamion Hartley led the way for the Cardinals with a match-high 18 kills.
Hartley had his second-consecutive double-digit kill match recording 18 off a .368 clip (18-4-38). Junior setter Graham McIlvaine recorded his third double-double of the season with 39 assists and 10 digs.
Sophomore outside attacker Shane Witmer recorded nine kills to go with four digs and two assisted blocks. Witmer had 27 passes and did not record an error. Outside hitter Greg Herceg and middle attackers Kevin Owens and Matt Leske each recorded seven kills. Owens and Leske each had four assisted blocks. Herceg added eight digs while libero Tommy Rouse got under nine digs and also did not record a reception error.
The Cardinals outhit the Nittany Lions .379 (53-14-103) to .218 (49-23-119) and held the advantage in blocks (9.0-6.0) and digs (38-33).
Ball State dominated the first two sets leading the entire way in both. Penn State would not see its first lead until the third set where there were 10 ties and three lead changes.
With the win, BSU improves to 10-5 on the season while PSU falls to 14-5,
Ball State will next take on Belmont Abbey on Friday, Mar. 15 and King College on Saturday, Mar. 16. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. You can keep track of the team on Twitter at @BallStateMVB or on Facebook at “Ball State Men’s Volleyball”.