MUNCIE, Ind. – Facing a ranked team on the road for the second time in as many nights, the King University men's volleyball team fell to No. 13 Ball State University 3-0.
The Cardinals (12-5) hit .376 with 44 kills in the match and were able to avoid a normally potent King front line that was limited to just 2.0 team blocks on the evening. Twelve different Cardinals recorded at least one kill.
King (7-12) finished the match with a hitting percentage of .122 and was led by a match-high nine kills from Nick Serowski. Eddie Moushikhian, Kiel Bell, and Matthew Lychock each had five kills. Jeremy Funk's eight digs were the highest recorded by any player, the second consecutive night in which Funk recorded a match-high total.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 8-0 advantage in the first set and led 11-1 moments later. The Tornado were never able to close the gap to less than eight points in a 25-14 defeat. King came closest to taking a set from the nationally-ranked Cardinals in the second set, in which they fell 25-22. The teams traded points early in the set before Ball State claimed a small three-point lead at 14-11. King was able to keep the score within four points for much of the set and went on a run to close the score to 22-21 late in the set. Two straight Cardinals points gave Ball State set point before King drew closer on an attack error, but a Ball State kill ended the set.
King led the first set by as many as three points in the early going before four straight Cardinals points gave Ball State a 12-9 lead. King trailed 16-13 after a Serowski service ace, but the Cardinals scored each of the next five points, spearheaded by two kills and a block from Kevin Owens. Ball State would go on to close the sweep with a 25-17 victory.
The Tornado will snap a five-match winless streak on Friday, March 14 as they begin a run of three matches in Lebanon, Ill. at a tournament hosted by McKendree University. After completing the tournament, King will return to Bristol for five straight home matches in conference play to close the regular season, beginning with a March 19 match against Pfeiffer University.