Ball State, Stanford Score Big Upsets Saturday Night

  0 Wendy Mayer | February 17th, 2018 | College - Men's Indoor, EIVA, MIVA, MPSF, News

Ball State continued its role as giant killer on its first homestand in nearly a month, following Friday’s upset of No. 8 Lewis with a four-set win over No. 5 Loyola. No. 19 Stanford pulled off a road upset, besting No. 10 Grand Canyon in four sets.

Lewis rebounded from Friday by topping No. 13 Fort Wayne, while No. 9 Penn State, No. 15 Saint Francis and No. 17 UC San Diego also held rank for victories.


Ball State def. #5 Loyola 3-1 (34-32, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21)

Key Stats: Ball State posted a 61-56 lead in kills, 7-5 lead in aces and .291 to .287 edge in hitting efficiency to stop Loyola’s eight-match win streak. The Ramblers did win the block 9-8, but fell off in the final set, hitting just .152 in the final stanza to BSU’s .258 effort.

Stat Leaders: Sophomore outside Matt Szews paced the Cardinals with 16 kills and two aces, while sophomore outside Blake Reardon (14) and senior outside Mitch Weiler (14) followed. Weiler hit at a team-best .393 clip, while rounding out a double-double with 12 digs and two aces. Senior middle Matt Walsh notched nine kills and a team-high four blocks and two aces. Sophomore setter Jake Romano put together a 44-assist, 13-dig double-double to go with three blocks and two aces.

Junior outside Collin Mahan (17), senior opposite Ricky Gevis (13) and junior outside Will Tischler (12) turned in double-digit kill tallies for Loyola, but it was not enough. Mahan hit at a team-best .433 clip while downing double-digit kills for the 14th straight match, while Gevis put up a team-high four blocks alongside senior middle Jeff Jendryk and junior middle Paul Narup. Jendryk also added seven kills and Narup chipped in five. Freshman setter Garrett Zolg notched a 45-assist, 12-dig double-double.

It Was Over When: Loyola turned a 4-2 deficit into an 8-6 lead with three BSU errors and a solo stuff by Gevis. The Ramblers upped the advantage to four at 13-9 with a Jendryk ace and kills by Mahan and Narup. Trailing 15-11, Ball State mounted its comeback, scoring 12 of the next 16 points. Three blocks and two aces and kills by four different players put the Cardinals on top 23-19. Kills by Gevis and Mahan sliced the margin to two at 23-21. After a timeout to regroup, Ball State got a block by Parker Swartz and Szews and a hitting error from Loyola to finish off the upset.


#19 Stanford def. #10 Grand Canyon 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-19)

Key Stats: Stanford served up eight aces and hit at a season-best .489 clip to snapped a three-match losing skid and earned its first MPSF win of the season in four sets over #10 Grand Canyon. The Cardinal hit .385 or better in all four sets, including an eye-popping .722 clip in an errorless Set 2 win. GCU hit .277 on the night, hitting over .300 in all but Set 3, which saw the Lopes hit -.056. Stanford edged GCU 53-50 in kills, 8-0 in aces and 9-6 in blocks to hand Grand Canyon its third straight MPSF loss.

Stat Leaders: Freshman outside Jaylen Jasper threw down 20 kills, while hitting .633 with just one error. Sophomore outside Eric Beatty added 12 putaways, hitting .524 and serving up two aces. Four other players notched four or more kills, including redshirt senior middle Kevin Rakestraw and freshman middle Kyler Presho who turned in six kills and two aces apiece. Rakestraw also managed a team-high four blocks.

Senior outside Shalev Saada posted 16 kills to lead GCU, while senior outside Cody Williams added nine on a .583 hitting effort. Redshirt senior middle Ashton King grabbed the school’s career record in blocks with three in the match, bringing his all-time tally to 370, while also adding seven kills. Of note in the match was the debut of 6-7 freshman outside hitter Trevor Weary, who played in the final two sets, notching five kills and two blocks on a .625 hitting effort.

It Was Over When: Stanford snapped a 4-all tie in Set 4 with an 8-3 run, including a pair of blocks and an ace by Rakestraw and two Jasper kills. The Lopes cut the margin to three four times, but fell behind 19-14 after a Beaty ace and Presho putaway. Grand Canyon scored four of the next five with two Weary kills and one each from Williams and David Kisiel to pull within two at 19-17. Stanford called timeout and rallied with six of the final eight to secure the 25-19 win. Two Rakestraw kills and two GCU errors set up the final point, which came on a stuff by Beatty and Presho.


#8 Lewis def. #13 Fort Wayne 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-16)

Key Stats: Five of the six Lewis hitters with a kill to their credit hit at a .308 or better clip, including four at .500 better, in a road sweep of Fort Wayne on Saturday. The individual efforts lifted the Flyers to a combined team hitting percentage of .429, with just eight hitting errors in the match. Lewis bested the Mastodons 41-34 in kills, 2-1 in aces and 5.5 to 3 in blocks, while holding Fort Wayne to a .165 hitting effort.

Stat Leaders: Redshirt sophomore outside Ryan Coenen led the Lewis offense with 12 kills, marking his sixth double-digit effort of the season, while sophomore outside Kyle Bugee and redshirt freshman middle Tyler Mitchem added nine and eight respectively. Bugee hit at a .615 clip with just one error, while posting a team-high nine digs and two aces. Mitchem notched a .500 effort and put up a team-leading four blocks.

Sophomore outside Pelegrin Vargas was tops among the Mastodons with 11 kills and a team-leading six digs, but hit just .172 in the match. Redshirt junior outside Colton Stone followed with nine putaways, while redshirt junior outside Tony Price added five kills and a team-high two blocks.

It Was Over When: It was a two-point game midway through Set 3, when Lewis pulled away with an 8-1 run to turn a slim 15-13 margin into a dominating 23-14 advantage. Five Fort Wayne miscues and two Coenen kills guided the effort. A Murray kill gave the Flyers a match-point try at 24-15, but a Vargas putaway held things off momentarily. Coenen issued the final putaway to clinch the sweep.


#9 Penn State def. Harvard 3-0 (28-26, 25-14, 25-18)

Key Stats: A nine ace effort helped lift No. 9 Penn State to its fifth straight victory and a 3-0 mark in EIVA play. The Nittany Lions outserved Harvard 9-2 and also outdid the Crimson in kills (40-26), hitting efficiency (.284 to .115) and blocks (9-5.5). After hitting .189 in the opening stanza, PSU rebounded by hitting .409 and .310 to wrap up the match.

Stat Leaders: Redshirt junior outside Matthew McLaren and redshirt senior opposite Jalen Penrose each notched double-digit kill efforts to pace Penn State with 11 and 10 respectively.  Redshirt sophomore opposite Calvin Mende (6), redshirt senior outside Aidan Albrecht (5) and redshirt senior middle Kevin Gear (5) followed. McLaren added nine digs and three aces, while Penrose tallied four perfect serves and a team-best five blocks. Mende chipped in three stuffs.

Sophomore outside Erik Johnsson led Harvard with seven kills, eight digs and two blocks. Senior middle Riley Moore and senior outside Jack Heavey turned in six putaways each, with Moore hitting at a .365 clip. Junior middle Trevor Dow added three kills and a team-high three blocks as the Crimson suffered their sixth-straight loss.

It Was Over When: After trailing 7-6 in the final stanza, Penn State broke off a 9-1 run, including three Penrose kills and three Harvard errors, to take a 15-8 lead. The Crimson would get no closer than five the rest of the way. The Nittany Lions led by as many as eight at 23-15after a solo stuff by Penrose, but Harvard scored three straight, including a block and kill by Johnsson to extend the set. In the end, an Albrecht kill and Harvard hitting error capped the 25-18 win and the match.


#15 Saint Francis def. Sacred Heart 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19)

Key Stats: A nine kill advantage and three ace lead were the difference for Saint Francis in a four-set win over Sacred Heart. The Red Storm were outhit .222 to .192 and trailed 13-11 in blocks, but made up the gap in scoring with a 50-41 lead in kills and 6-3 edge in aces. Other than a .000 hitting effort in Set 2, SFU was steady offensively, while Sacred Heart hit at a match-high .455 in Set 2, but ranged from .296 to .071 in the other three stanza.

Stat Leaders: Redshirt senior outside Stephen Braswell did it all for the Red Flash, registering 17 kills, seven digs, five blocks and three aces. Senior outside Brandon Buck (10), junior outside Cole Thompson (9) and senior middle Keith Kegerreis (8) rounded out a balanced attack. Thompson added eight digs, while junior middle Hayden Herc paced the team at the net with eight blocks and Buck chipped in five stuffs.

Freshman outside Shawn Tischler turned in 11 kills for Sacred Heart, while redshirt junior right side Emerson Waumans (9), sophomore middle Rob Chatterton (7) and freshman outside Jakob Karlsson (6) were right behind. Junior middle Michael McLaughlin put up a career-high seven blocks and added four kills on a .500 hitting effort, but it was not enough for the Pioneers. Waumans notched five blocks, while Tischler and Karlsson put up four apiece.

It Was Over When: Saint Francis worked its way to a 12-7 lead in Set 4 as Braswell downed five kills and a block. Sacred Heart responded with eight of the next 10 points to grab a 15-14 advantage. Five Red Flash errors and two Tischler kills aided the Pioneers in the rally. After ties at 15 and 16, Saint Francis seized control with a 6-1 run, including kills by three different players. Sacred Heart was within three at 22-19 after two miscues, but the Red Flash used a Buck kill, a Roman Szwabinsky ace and a stuff by Herc and Braswell to wrap up the win.



#17 UC San Diego def. Lindenwood 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23)

Key Stats: In a match decided by just two points, it was 42-38 lead in kills that lifted UCSD to victory. Lindenwood made two points back with a 6-5 lead in aces and an 8-7 lead in blocks. The Tritons outhit the Lions .206 to .153 with help from .300 efforts in Sets 2 and 3.

Stat Leaders: Senior opposite Tanner Syftestad carried the Tritons with 19 kills and three aces, while hitting at a .432 clip. Redshirt sophomore outside Xander Jimenez (8) and freshman outside Wyatt Harrison (7) followed, although each barely managed a positive hitting effort. Harrison, redshirt senior middle Bryan Zhu and redshirt freshman middle Vlad Pesic put up three blocks apiece.

Sophomore outside Michael Jennings put down 12 kills to lead Lindenwood. Senior outside Michael Chard chipped in nine kills on a team-best .429 hitting effort, while junior middle Connor Hipelius and freshman outside Johnny Winkler added five putdowns apiece. Sophomore middle Sam Schindler accounted for four kills, a team-best four blocks and two aces, while Hipelius also put up four stuffs.

It Was Over When: UCSD led 12-8 midway through Set 4 with help from six Lion errors and two kills each by Harrison and Jimenez. The teams split the next eight points, before a pair miscues made it 18-13 Tritons. Lindenwood was back within one at 18-17 after two UCSD errors and kills from Jennings and Michael Chard. The lead teetered between one and two the rest of the way. A service error made it 24-22 Tritons, but own of its own kept the set going. Syftestad put the final nail in the night.



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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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