MUNCIE, Ind. –
The Ball State men’s volleyball team will travel
to the Conference Carolinas to take on Belmont Abbey and King this weekend. The
Cardinals swept this week’s MIVA honors with Jamion Hartley and Matt Leske
earning MIVA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week nods.
Ball State (10-5, 3-5 MIVA) snapped a five-match losing streak and picked up its first win of the season over a ranked opponent after getting a 3-1 win over No. 10 Penn State. MIVA Offensive Player of the Week Jamion Hartley saw time this weekend and picked up 30 kills, a service ace and eight assisted blocks.
Senior outside hitter Greg Herceg continues to lead the offense for the Cardinals with 194 kills this season for a 3.88 kills per set average. Herceg also leads the team in service aces with 18 on the year for a 0.36 aces per set average.
Setter Graham McIlvaine picked up his third double-double of the season against No. 10 Penn State with 39 assists and 10 digs. He leads the team with 325 assists and a 9.29 assists per set average.
At the net, middle blockers Matt Leske and Kevin Owens continue to flex their dominance. Leske and Owens have averages of 1.45 and 1.41 blocks per set and lead the team in hitting percentage with clips of .360 (82-23-164) and .392 (117-30-222) respectively. Leske and Owens are first and second in the country in blocks per set and Owens is second in the nation in hitting percentage.
Libero Tommy Rouse has gotten under 154 digs this season with an average of 2.91 digs per set.
Scouting Belmont Abbey
The Crusaders are 9-15 overall this season and are 3-8 in conference play. Belmont Abbey most recently dropped a contest to Lindenwood and picked up a win at Fontbonne. Belmont Abbey has been hitting a .157 clip this season to opponents’ .197. The Crusaders are led offensively by Nolan Albrecht and Griffin O’Camb who have averages of 2.38 and 2.29 kills per set. O’Camb has knocked in 22 service aces this season for a 0.28 aces per set average. Antony Koyfam gets 1.10 blocks per set while Aaron DeKalb gets under 3.01 digs per set.
Series with Belmont Abbey
Friday’s match will mark the first time these schools have met.
Scouting King College
The Tornado are 8-13 this year and have a 4-8 mark in conference play. King most recently lost to Carthage and Quincy in straight sets. Michael Koebel has a 2.35 kills per set average. Ned Parker gets under 2.14 digs per set while Ashton Kippenstiel and Mason Casner patrol the net with averages of 0.85 and 0.84 blocks per set.
Series with King College
Ball State leads the series 2-0. The Cardinals last faced off with the Tornado Mar. 26, 2011 in Tenn., and won a 3-1 match (25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 26-24).
Both matches are set for 7 p.m. You can keep track of the action on Twitter at @BallStateMVB.