Senior setter Quinn Isaacson will serve the ball at the John E. Worthen Arena on February 27, 2021. The Cardinals lost 3-2 to the Buckeyes. Rylan Capper, DN
Less than two weeks ago, Ball State (8-4, 5-3 MIVA) fell in a five-set match at Ohio State (5-7, 4-4 MIVA), which played the seven- The Cardinals’ match winning streak ended and began what would be a three-game loss.
There has been no regular season change between the two rivals since 2017, and the Cardinals made sure that it did on a historic Thursday night for the senior So stayed setter Quinn Isaacson, who finished three assists off his season high, the Cardinals 3-2 over the Buckeyes.
Isaacson contributed in nearly every statistical category. In addition to recording 51 assists, he led Ball State with 10 digs and added three kills. Perhaps the most historic stat of the night for Isaacson was his five aces, which took the program record to third all-time in a five-set match with Ball State graduate Ethan Pheister, who last set the mark twice in 2009. </ "I got the feeling when we played Ohio State for the first time, Quinn was just a little off," said head coach Joel Walton. "There were some balls hit at him that he usually digs that he didn't hit the first time around, but his overall game tonight was on point and something we needed to get the win."
« I thought our team wasn’t necessarily selected, but we really checked in » said Walton. « Ohio state forced us to play really well to get a win, but our boys went to the best of their ability to get the win in five games. »
Neither team got long in the first set . Although the Cardinals recorded a nightly high of 17 kills, the Buckeyes won 25-23 and rose 1-0.
However, the Cardinals refused to be influenced by the first set. They won sets two and three with 25-21 and 25-18 respectively and took the lead with 2-1. In the third set, the Cardinals hit .435, the highest of the night of both teams.
High-ranking central attacker Will Hippe speaks to PhD student Blake Reardon after a play on January 29, 2021 at the John E. Worthen Arena. Hippe had 9.5 points against Lincoln Memorial University. Jaden Whiteman, DN Ohio State won the fourth set 25-23, where the Buckeyes hit their nightly high of 16 kills. Ball State made six mistakes.
In the fifth set, Ball State led most of the way, but Ohio State held on to the end. The Buckeyes cut the lead by four points to one before the Cardinals finished them at 15-13 to claim the win.
« Two weeks ago, especially in the fifth game, there seemed to be three types of gambling, who went the Ohio State route, « said Walton. “Tonight we won some challenges on balls labeled as reversed and it seemed like a few of the questionable calls were still going our way tonight. Sometimes that’s all it takes. “
Ball State had an even attack all night, led by Kaleb Jenness (21 kills, eight digs, three blocks) and Blake Reardon (16 kills, three digs, an ace). After six games in the season leading up to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament, Walton said Thursday night’s win against the Buckeyes was exactly what the Cardinals needed.
« Four straight losses turned our team into a pretty bad one Situation, « said Walton. “Getting a win on the road against a team from Ohio State is a great way to get things moving in the right direction. I think we have the ability to play and beat everyone in our conference. “
The Cardinals have a week off before heading to Quincy (4-6, 1-6 MIVA) for two games March 19-20. The first serve is set for 8 p.m. both nights.
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