No. 8 Ball State Edges No. 15 Lewis
Romeoville, Ill. - Behind a combined 34 kills from the Louisville due of Patrick Durbin (Louisville, Ky./Trinity H.S.) and Todd Chamberlain (Louisville, Ky./Trinity H.S.), the Ball State men's volleyball team ended the 2008 regular season with a 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 27-30, 30-24) victory over Lewis Saturday evening at Neil Carey Arena.
With the win, the eighth-ranked Cardinals improve to 19-9 (10-2 MIVA). The 15th-ranked Flyers drop to 20-9 (7-5 MIVA) with the loss.
Overall, Durbin paced all players with 19 kills in the contest, while Chamberlain added 15, as the pair combined for almost 59% of the Cardinals offense.
Defensively, Ball State recorded 17 total blocks in the match, paced by freshman J.D. Gasparovic (St. Louis, Mo./Oakville H.S.) who rejected a match-high nine balls.
BSU junior Mark Termion (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North H.S.) also had a solid night at the net, recording a career-high seven total blocks.
Three Flyers finished the match with double-digit kills, paced by Drew Pickering's 18. Jared Dayton added 16 markers, while Alex Vigansky posted 14.
Ball State junior Ian Peckler (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills H.S.) collected a match-high 13 digs in the victory, while sophomore setter Jeff Schmitz (Fenton, Mo./St. John Vianney) added a career-high 12 digs in addition to guiding the BSU offense to a .270 (58-24-126) attacking mark.
After finding themselves down 5-3 early in the opening game, the Cardinals capitalized on back-to-back Lewis errors and a Schmitz kill to pull ahead 6-5. With the score tied at six, Termion provided his first of four kills on the night to put Ball State ahead for good in the game.
Ball State looked poised to cruise through the rest of the set, building a nine-point edge at 24-15, but the hosts rallied off six of the next eight points to cut the gap to five and force a BSU time out. However, Lewis service errors on two of the next three plays helped set up a game-winning kill from Chamberlain at 30-23.
The second set was a back-and-forth battle early, as the teams fought to a 15-15 stalemate. After a Durbin kill and a Lewis attack error gave the guests the next two points, the Cardinals would not trail the remainder of the frame.
Lewis remained within three points at the 23-20 mark, only to see a Chamberlain kill, a Durbin service ace and a triple block from Termion, Schmitz and Gasparovic give BSU the momentum to win the game 30-23,
The third game was the closest of the night with 13 ties and five lead changes. Neither team was able to pull ahead by more than three points, as the squads played to a 22-22 tie. However a solo block and a kill from Lewis' Pickering, surrounding a BSU attack error, gave the hosts a 25-22 edge in the game.
Ball State managed to cut the gap to one point at 27-26 and then again at 28-27 on kills from Chamberlain and Durbin, respectively. However, the Flyers went on to win the game on kills from Matt Gallik and David Kelnhofer.
After the teams played to a 7-7 tie in the fourth game, a Lewis attack error and a Chamberlain kill sparked a 9-3 BSU run, giving the Cardinals a 16-10 edge. The lead would be short-lived, however, as the Flyers rallied off seven of the next eight points to tie the score at 17-17.
Despite the strong rally, a Lewis service error gave the Cardinals the lead back, while some strong serving from Termion helped BSU pull ahead 21-17. The hosts did not get closer than two points the rest of the game, as BSU went on to win the set 30-24.
The Ball State men's volleyball team returns to action Saturday, April 19, when it hosts Quincy in quarterfinal action of the 2008 MIVA Tournament. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m.
Article courtesy of Ball State athletics.