- #7 Lewis defeats #13 Ball State 3 to 1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20)
- Lewis moves up to 21-6 (12-3 MIVA) and Ball State drops to 17-9 (8-7 MIVA)
- Worthen Arena Muncie, Ind.
- Attendance: 973
- Match Stats
#7 Lewis as a team hit .225 while #13 Ball State hit .203 during the match. Each team matched with 51 kills but Lewis only had 22 errors at the net compared to Ball State’s 25 errors.
Redshirt sophomore Mitch Perniar for Lewis had a match-high of 16 kills with only 4 errors. Perniar and Jacob Schmiegelt each had a match-high of 8 block assists. Matt Yoshimoto had a double-double match-high of 45 assists and 15 digs.
For Ball State, freshman Blake Reardon started and produced a career-high 13 kills, 9 digs, 1 ace, and 1 block. Freshman Matt Szews also created an impact at the net with 12 kills, 2 blocks, 1 block, and 7 digs.
Courtesy of: Lewis Athletics
Muncie, Ind. – The No. 7 Lewis University men’s volleyball team clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament with the 23-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20 road victory over No. 13 Ball State at Worthen Arena on Thursday (April 6).
Lewis redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Mitch Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka) racked up a match-high 16 kills, while hitting .333 (16 kills, 4 errors, 36 attacks).
Perinar and redshirt senior middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) each collected a match-high eight block assists in the win. Lewis outblocked Ball State, 16-10.
With the win, Lewis improves to 21-6 on the campaign and 12-3 in MIVA action, while the host Cardinals drop to 17-9 on the season and 8-7 in conference play.
Flyer redshirt freshman outside hitter Ryan Coenen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) picked up 15 kills and seven digs, while sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) registered a double-double of 45 assists and 15 digs – both match highs.
As a team, Lewis hit .225 (51-22-129), while the Cardinals had a hitting percentage of .203 (51-25-128).
Lewis wraps up the regular-season on Saturday (April 8) with a 7 PM ET showdown with Fort Wayne.
Courtesy of: Ball State Athletics
MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 13 Ball State men’s volleyball team took on No. 7 Lewis Thursday night and fell to the Flyers, 3-1.
Freshman Blake Reardon earned a starting spot in tonight’s match due to strong performances last weekend and he did not disappoint. When asked how he felt when his name was called in the starting lineup, Reardon said, “At first I just started shaking, but I just couldn’t stop smiling.” The outside attacker led the team with a career-high 13 kills. He also added nine digs, one service ace and one solo block.
Another freshman that had a huge impact on the match was Matt Szews. The left-handed outside hitter had 12 kills, seven digs, two block assists and one solo block. The other Matt, Matt Walsh, knocked down 10 kills for a .471 hitting percentage.
The opening set went to the Cardinals, 25-23. Szews led the set with five kills while Reardon and Parker Swartz added three. As a team, Ball State had 13 kills for a .333 hitting percentage.
After 12 tied scores and four lead changes, set two went to the Flyers with a final score of 27-25. Reardon knocked down six of the team’s 15 kills. Connor Gross led the set with 13 assists and five digs.
After the 10 minute break, Lewis came out to win sets three and four. In the 25-20 Cardinal loss in set three, Szews had four kills. Reardon, Edgardo Cartagena and Nate Wolf each added two kills. Reardon led the third set with four digs. In the fourth set, Ball State fell 25-20 once again. Walsh led the final set in kills with three. Gross, Reardon and Swartz each added two kills while Brendan Surane and Szews both had one.
Ball State (17-9, 8-7 MIVA) will round out regular season play on Saturday, April 8 as they take on the 10th ranked Loyola Ramblers. The match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. inside Worthen Arena with a senior recognition ceremony prior to the match.
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