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‘Dons Struggle with a Tough Lewis Squad


Photo credit: Jeff Nycz

Written by: Communicator StaffApril 01, 2015

By: Rachel Given

Before IPFW men’s volleyball took on Lewis University, IPFW recognized eight seniors accompanied by parents, siblings, and teammates. Each seniors was donned with giant action shots pictures in frames and flowers to be honored one by one.

After the senior recognition, some of the women on Coach Arnie Ball’s previous teams came to pay a visit and had brought Ball a handmade blanket and pillow as a thank you for all of his years coaching. Lisa Hormann, a previous player when Ball coached both the men’s and women’s teams at IPFW, thought of the women as “the luckiest women on the planet”.

After the hugs, the game was underway. Lewis got an early 5-1 lead in the first set and after multiple errors from IPFW, gave Lewis an even bigger lead at 6-15. During a long rally IPFW scrambled out of the court lines to save the ball and get it over the net.

During, Lewis would return the ball as IPFW scrambled again from bad passes. The crowd grew quiet as the Mastodons save each hit. As the volley went back and forth, Lewis makes an attack error, giving the point to IPFW at 7-15. The crowd went wild and the team got a bolt of energy into the next few plays. The Mastodons couldn’t match up to Lewis as the Flyers took the first set, 16-25.

In the second set, both teams kept the score close by having six ties and 11 lead changes. IPFW took the early lead with a service error from Lewis and two kills. Lewis called a timeout after IPFW Senior Collin Cohen earned a kill, giving IPFW a two point lead. With the score tied at 24, a kill from the Flyers and a bad set from IPFW, Lewis came from behind and took the second set and had 2-0 advantage.

The team started out strong in the beginning of the third set as they knew they needed to win to keep playing.The set was close as a three point advantage for the Mastodons until the score hit double digits. Lewis back-to-back and, an error from IPFW allowed the points to stack up for the Flyers. The set ended in favor of the Flyers, 25-17.

The ‘Dons still have one shot to give Ball one more win on the court hoped to be named after him. The Mastodons host in-state rival and conference opponent Ball State Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m.