No. 6 UC Irvine Hot Hitting Leads To 3-0 Sweep Of No. 12 Ball State

No. 6 UC Irvine Hot Hitting Leads To 3-0 Sweep Of No. 12 Ball State

Columbus, Ohio – No. 6 UC Irvine had just three attack errors in a 3-0 sweep of No. 12 Ball State (25-14, 25-22, 25-19) on a neutral court at St. John Arena Friday.

The three errors are the fewest of the year and the .478 hitting percentage (47-3-92) is the second best this year.

The Anteaters win their third in a row and improve to 14-6 overall. UCI will play No. 1 Ohio State tomorrow (Mar. 11) at 4:00 p.m. PT

Seniors Thomas Hodges (.435) and Tamir Hershko (.526) led UCI with 10 kills each, neither committing an attack error. Hodges also added two aces and five digs.

Freshman middle blocker Scott Stadick had seven kills, hitting .467 with two block assists, while junior Reid Dominguez tied his season-high with eight kills on a .667 hitting mark and junior Aaron Koubi had six kills. Setter Michael Saeta recorded 38 set assists, three aces, six digs and three kills. Libero Dillon Hoffman had a match-high eight digs.

Ball State (14-6) was led by Matt Szews's 11 kills. Adam Wessell and Connor Gross also had eight digs. The Cardinal hit .211 (31-15-76).

In the first set, UCI started 6-2 on a pair of Aaron Koubi kills and an ace by Michael Saeta. Two aces by Thomas Hodges helped extend the lead to 16-7. Kills by Hodges, Reid Dominguez and Matthew Younggren ended the set, 25-14.

With the score tied at 22s in the second set, three Ball State errors would give UCI the 25-22 victory.

The teams remained close in the third game until consecutive kills by Hodges and Tamir Hershko took UCI to a 17-15 lead. The Anteaters would not trail again, using two kills by Scott Stadick, a kill by Hodges and a pair of Cardinal mistakes to move out to a 24-18 advantage.  Following a UCI service error, Stadick put away the match winner from the middle, 25-19.

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