Men’s volleyball ends spring break trip with 3-0 sweep at Princeton

PRINCETON, NJ — The No. 8 Ball State (13-2) men’s volleyball team wrapped up their spring break trip to the East Coast with a 3-0 sweep at Princeton (5-11) on Saturday night at the Dillon Gym.

“I felt like after the win last night, we were in a really good frame of mind,” the Ball State men’s volleyball head coach said. Donan Cruz noted. “Things were going full steam ahead. Our guys were rallying and pulling together and I feel like things are going really well with our team at the moment.”

Senior outside striker Kaleb Jenness led the Cardinals offense with a game-high 14 kills on 23 attempts for a .522 hit percentage while racking up three service aces and four digs. Jenness was joined in the double-digit kill category by the senior opposite Angelos Mandilaris who totaled 10 kills on the night.

The Cardinals took advantage of the Tigers’ errors at net tonight with 15 misses. Ball State also eliminated some of Princeton’s miscommunications on the court tonight and managed to hit 70% from the floor in the first and third sets. The Cardinals lost just five lead changes overnight.

The closest set was the second frame of action where Princeton had taken a 17-11 lead at one point. Ball State responded by beating Princeton 9-3 to tie the set 20-20 that came off a Mandilaris kill.

After that, the two teams went neck and neck, but back-to-back offensive mistakes by the Tigers allowed BSU to overtake Princeton in the second set, 26-24.

Ball State’s men’s volleyball team returns to Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association action when they take on rival Ohio State for a home-and-away series that begins Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. The first service is at 7 p.m. ET.

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