FAIRFAX, Va. – The No. 15 Ball State men’s volleyball team swept George Mason Friday evening 25-18, 25-18, 25-20. Ball State’s middle attackers shined as seniors Kevin Owens and Matt Leske led the offense with nine and seven kills each.
With the win the Cardinals improve to 4-3 on the season and are on a three-match winning streak. The Patriots are now 4-3 in the 2014 campaign.
Owens had his best offensive night of the season with nine kills and no errors for a blistering .818 (9-0-11) hitting percentage. Leske was close to as efficient as well with seven kills and a .600 clip (7-1-10). Senior outside attacker Larry Wrather and sophomore outside attacker Marcin Niemczewski each added six kills while junior outside attacker Shane Witmer chipped in five.
Niemczewski got under a match-high eight digs while Wrather and current MIVA Defensive Player of the Week David Ryan Vander Meer each added five digs. On the blocking front, Leske picked up two solo blocks and assisted on a block with senior setter Graham McIlvaine. McIlvaine had a match-high 28 assists on the night.
Ball State hit at .364 for the match (33-9-66) and benefited from a .128 attack percentage from George Mason (33-22-86). The Patriots also committed 16 service errors.
The Patriots were led by Jonathan Lutz and Christian Malias who each had nine kills.
Ball State is back in action Saturday with a 7 p.m. match up against Princeton. Check ballstatesports.com for news and information on Ball State men’s volleyball.