FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team earned a 3-1 (25-18, 25-27, 25-16, 29-27) win over Sacred Heart on Saturday evening. The Cardinals were led by their defense, earning 19.5 blocks as a team.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 3-0 on the season, the best start since the 2006 season. The Pioneers fall to 0-3.
There were six Cardinals who registered at least five kills, with junior Kevin Owens and senior Matt Leske leading the way with eight and seven kills, respectively. Owens hit at .500 (8-2-12), while Leske had a .455 clip (7-2-11). The middle attackers dominated the net as well. Owens had a match-high three solo blocks to go with six assisted blocks, while Leske had two solo blocks and a match-high eight assisted blocks.
Senior Tommy Rouse had 10 digs, while junior Graham McIlvaine notched 37 assists. In his first collegiate start, freshman Jack Lesure knocked in two service aces, to go with three kills, three digs and two assisted blocks. He served for nine straight points in the first set. Seniors Jamion Hartley and Greg Herceg each added six kills, while sophomore Shane Witmer and sophomore Urim Demirovski registered five kills.
The Cardinals held the advantage in hitting percentage (.129-.061), total blocks (19.5-11.0) and service aces (6-5). The Pioneers had 50 digs to the Cardinals’ 41.
Sacred Heart was led by Jason Kinney who had a match-high 16 kills and Brad Borsay who had 10 kills and 13 digs.
The Cardinals are next in action next weekend when they travel to Mount Olive and Barton for matches on Friday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 26. You can follow the team on Twitter at @BallStateMVB or you can like “Ball State Men’s Volleyball” on Facebook. As always, ballstatesports.com is the official website for Ball State Athletics.