- #12 Ball State def. UC San Diego 3-0, (25-23, 25-19, 25-19)
- Ball State improves to 15-6
- UC San Diego falls to 5-15
- Match results
Courtesy of Ball State Athletics
The No. 12 Ball State men’s volleyball team rounded out Spring Break with a 3-0 victory over UC San Diego in the Ohio State Tournament.
Matt Szews and Matt Walsh had a big day for Ball State, each knocking down 10 kills. Walsh also had a .571 hitting percentage, two block assists, two service aces and one solo block. Szews added nine digs and two block assists.Edgardo Cartagena tallied seven kills for the Cardinals while Brendan Surane had five kills and a team high 10 digs. Connor Gross added 32 assists on the day.
Ball State came out and scored the first three points of the opening set: a kill from Cartagena, a Triton error and a kill by Szews. The first set saw nine tied scores and two lead changes, but the Cardinals pulled away the set one win, 25-23. Walsh led the set with four kills while Cartagena and Szews added three.
In the set two 25-19 victory, Ball State had 11 total kills. The Cardinals had a .259 hitting percentage compared to UC San Diego’s .061 hitting percentage. Szews led the way with four digs, three kills and one block assist.
The Matts each had four kills in the third set victory, 25-19. Surane led the set with six digs and also added two block assists. Parker Swartz had one kills in set three, the match winning point.
Ball State men’s volleyball (15-6, 6-4 MIVA) will return to Worthen Arena Saturday, March 18 against Alderson Broaddus at 7:30 p.m.
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Courtesy of UC San Diego
The University of California San Diego men’s volleyball team wrapped up a season-long four-match road stretch with a straight-set defeat to No. 12 Ball State in non-conference, neutral-site action Saturday at Ohio State’s St. John Arena. Scores were 25-23, 25-19 and 25-19.
With a 10th consecutive defeat, UC San Diego fell to 5-15. Ball State improved to 15-6 overall and 7-0 all-time against the Tritons. It was the first meeting between the sides outside of La Jolla.
For the 16th contest in succession, junior opposite Tanner Syftestad led his team in kills, collecting nine.
Junior setter Milosh Stojcic became the first Triton to achieve a double-double in 2017, finishing with 16 assists and a match- and career-high 11 digs. It was his second career double-double, the other coming at Holy Names on Jan. 23, 2016.
Senior middle blocker Shayne Beamer and true freshman libero Ryan Lew added six kills and six digs, respectively, with Beamer hitting .364 (6-2-11) and getting to three block assists. Junior Alec Flowers led all players with his five total blocks.
The first set was closest. Ball State opened with a 3-0 run, which was quickly offset by a 5-0 stretch, four of them served by Syftestad, that gave the Tritons a 7-5 lead. Tied a ninth and final time at 23-23, the Cardinals got a Brendan Surane kill and an opposing error to snatch the set victory.
Four points in a row by Ball State around a UCSD timeout gave it a 10-4 cushion in game two. The Tritons could get no closer than two the rest of the way. They did produce a triple block late, by Flowers, Syftestad and senior Josh Schmidt.
A 3-0 mini-run by the Cardinals in the third frame put them up by the score of 14-8. They led by as many as eight at 19-11 and 20-12, and soon completed the sweep.
Matt Szews and Matt Walsh had 10 kills apiece for Ball State. Connor Gross dished out 32 assists. Surane had 10 digs.
UCSD returns both to home and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play next, hosting Division II rival California Baptist on Tuesday, March 14. First serve at RIMAC Arena is set for 6 p.m.
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