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IPFW makes quick work of Cardinal Stritch

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Mastodons earn first win of young season

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 11:55 pm

The delay to the start of the IPFW men's volleyball team's victory against Cardinal Stritch lasted almost as long as the match itself.

After the match was delayed an hour because Cardinal Stritch's team bus broke down, the Mastodons in a quick 88 minutes swept the NAIA school 25-12, 25-17, 25-18 on Saturday at the Gates Center.

The Mastodons (1-1, 0-0 MIVA) had more than a .300 attack percentage in all three games and out-hit the Wolves .391 to -.027 for their first win of the season.

Freshman outside attacker Andy Sellan had a match-high 12 kills -- his second consecutive match with double-digit kills to open the season. Sellan played in the first two games before being pulled at the start of the third game with IPFW having a two-game lead.

Despite the high offensive numbers, coach Arnie Ball said Sellan will have to continue to get better throughout the rest of the season.

"We know he has a great arm, but he's got to do some other things a lot better too," Ball said. "What it does is help his confidence. ... It does a lot for his self-confidence and it does a lot for the team's confidence."

The victory against Cardinal Stritch (0-1) came after IPFW lost its season opener to St. Francis on Friday -- the Mastodons first loss to the Red Flashes in almost three years.

Ball used 14 players, all but two of the players on his active roster, in the sweep against Cardinal Stritch.

IPFW playing with all its starters on the bench in the third game opened on a 10-3 run. In addition, outside attacker Anthony Randolph coming off the bench had a game-high four kills and an ace to help the Mastodons complete the sweep.

With IPFW trailing 11-10 in the second game, the Mastodons went on a 9-2 run and ended with an eight-point victory to take a two-game lead.

Sellan had a game-high eight kills in the Mastodons' 13-point opening game victory. In addition, IPFW hit .462 while holding Cardinal Stritch a -.043 attack percentage in the first game.

Follow this victory, IPFW will begin a two-match East Coast road trip as it plays Sacred Heart on Friday and the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday.

After losing its season opener, Ball said the victory against Cardinal Stritch will help the team mentally as it prepares for its second longest road trip of the season.

"You don't want to get on that long bus trip with two defeats, that's for sure," Ball said.