MUNCIE, Ind. - - For their efforts in helping guide the Ball State men's volleyball team to a 3-2 upset of 10th-ranked Ohio State Sunday, junior opposite attacker Greg Herceg (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) has been named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt sophomore middle attacker Matt Leske (Highwood, Ill./Highland Park) has been named the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week.
"It's nice to see out players recognized for their performances in a big win over Ohio State," said Ball State head coach Joel Walton. "Leske's 12 blocks were critical in our team's defensive game plan and controlling a potent OSU offense. Herceg's kills and efficiency helped our offense stay productive for the entire match."
Both players are earning MIVA Player of the Week honors for the first time in their careers after helping BSU snap an 11-match losing streak to the Buckeyes.
Herceg blasted a career-high 22 kills versus OSU, including the match-winner, while adding a season-best 10 digs for his second career double-double. He finished the match averaging 4.40 kills and 2.00 digs per set, well above his season averages of 1.67 and 0.87, respectively.
Herceg also racked up three block assists as the Cardinals picked up its first win in the series versus Ohio State since Feb. 15, 2008.
Leske earned defensive honors after recording a career-high 12 total blocks; including four solo stuffs and eight block assists. He also collected a pair of digs to help limit the OSU offense to a .235 hitting mark for the match.
In addition to his stellar night at the net, Leske smashed a career-high 13 kills to earn his first career double-double.
With his solid effort at the net, Leske now leads the MIVA with a 1.27 blocks-per-set average for the year. In league-only matches, Leske is averaging 1.52 blocks per set which also paces all MIVA players.
The Ball State men's volleyball team will now close the 2012 regular season with five straight road matches beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, March 20) with a 7 p.m. (CT) first serve at Loyola.