Coach Arnie Ball achieved his two biggest goals of the weekend of getting the majority of his back-ups playing time, and most of all picking up two non-conference victories.
For the second consecutive night, the Hall of Fame coach used a season-high 14 players in a match as the IPFW men's volleyball team defeated Limestone 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, 25-12 Saturday at the Gates Center.
"[We were] up and down, kind if like a roller coaster. When you bring in a lot of kids it changes the momentum some times and changes the chemistry," Ball said. "I'm real happy we got to play a number of kids at home. I'm happy with the wins. We got no one hurt, and now we got two big matches coming up."
IPFW (12-9, 4-6 MIVA) out-hit Limestone .304 to .104, including having a match-high .542 attack percentage in the final game. In addition, the 13-point fourth-game win tied for the Mastodons' most lopsided margin of victory in a game this season.
Outside attacker Eddie Rivera had nine kills in the final two games and finished with a match-high 14 kills against Limestone (13-13, 9-7 Conference Carolinas). Outside attacker Andy Sellan in the victory also had 11 kills, while middle attacker Ramon Burgos added 10 kills.
Libero Luis Bertran and Sellan also led IPFW defensively each with a match-high 13 digs.
With this victory, the Mastodons extend their winning streak to three matches and concluded their non-conference schedule. IPFW will resume conference play next weekend as it travels to play Lindenwood on Friday as part of a two-match MIVA road trip.
The Mastodons enter the final two weeks of the regular season tied with Lindenwood for sixth place in the MIVA. IPFW still has a chance to finish in the top four of the MIVA and host a conference tournament quarterfinal match if it wins its four remaining MIVA matches.
Ball said he feels confident in his team's chances to win its final four matches, especially after IPFW upset then-No. 8 Ohio State last week. The coach also said the key to IPFW's success the rest of this season will be its serving.
"We just have to focus on our serving and serve like we did against Ohio State," he said. "If we can serve like that the rest of the season we'll give people lots of trouble."