The 11-match winning streak and hopes of an undefeated conference season ended at Worthen Arena for No. 7/6 Lewis.
No. 15 Ball State had four players finish with double-digit kills as it rallied to upset Lewis 25-21, 27-29, 16-25, 25-12, 15-10 on Saturday in Muncie, Indiana.
Middle attacker Parker Swartz had 10 kills and zero errors on a .667 attack percentage along with contributing a team-high six blocks. In addition, outside attacker attacker Matt Szews led Ball State with 21 kills and three aces.
Ball State out-hit Lewis .272 to .226, including having zero errors and a .381 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.
Lewis outside attacker Ryan Coenen ended with a match-high 23 kills against Ball State. Despite the loss, Lewis remains in sole possession of first place in the MIVA.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with coach Joel Walton following this conference victory.