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No. 15 Men's Volleyball Hosts Limestone and Pfeiffer

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: March 28, 2013
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MUNCIE, Ind. - The No. 15 Ball State men's volleyball will host Limestone and Pfeiffer this Friday, Mar. 29 and Saturday, Mar. 30. The Cardinals are currently riding a six-match winning streak.

Scouting the Cardinals
No. 15 Ball State (14-5, 5-5) is currently on a six-match winning streak after earning victories over conferences foes IPFW and then-No. 9 Ohio State. The Cardinals were on a four-match streak where they hit over .300. The last time the team strung together four matches with a .300 clip or better was during the 2009 season.

The Cardinals cracked the top-15 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week, for the first time since the 2011 season.

Ball State was once again honored this past week by the MIVA after outside hitter

Jamion Hartley was named MIVA Offensive Player of the Week and middle blocker Matt Leske was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week along with Loyola-Chicago’s Eric Daliege.

Ball State in National Rankings
Ball State leads the nation in digs per set with a 10.88 average. The Cardinals are also second in Division I-II in blocks per set with a 3.01 average. Matt Leske holds the best blocks per set average in the country at 1.42, while Kevin Owens is sixth in the nation at 1.30. Owens is second in the nation in hitting percentage with his .401 (145-35-274) clip.

Tommy Rouse continues holds the third-best digs per set average in the country at 2.86. Greg Herceg is 15th in aces per set (0.37) and kills per set (3.71) while Graham McIlvaine is 21st in assists with his 9.77 assists per set average.

Scouting Limestone
Limestone is 12-11 this season and 8-7 in Conference Carolinas play. Eric Zaun leads the offense with 3.05 kills per set. Primary setter Andrew Pile has a 9.65 assists per set average while James Door gets under 1.77 digs per set. Andrew Miller and Joel McGuire patrol the net with 1.15 and 1.14 blocks per set, respectively.

Series with Limestone
This will mark the third meeting between these two squads. Ball State won the previous two matches on Feb. 5, 2011 and Jan. 27, 2012.

Scouting Pfeiffer
Pfeiffer is 14-6 this year and holds an 11-3 mark in Conference Carolinas play. The offense is run through Caleb Brophy and Kyle Landrigan who get 3.87 and 3.44 kills per set, respectively. David Specian holds a 10.81 assists per set average while Kevin Ecklund gets 3.00 digs per set. Buck Boswell and Harrison Lutz each get 1.00 blocks per set.

Series with Pfeiffer
This weekend’s match marks the third meeting between these two squads.The Cardinals have won the previous two matches in three sets on Feb. 4, 2011 and Jan. 28, 2012.

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