The Ball State women’s volleyball team is on a serious roll right now.
The Cardinals have won 14 of their past 15 matches, with their lone loss a setback at Toledo on Oct. 3.
Helping fuel that recent run is Grand Haven’s Mindy Marx. Marx, a senior, sits second on the team with 190 kills this season.
She had a key ace in the Cardinals’ win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. Marx finished that match with six kills, seven service points, two assists, and two blocks.
The former Buccaneer added 13 kills and a match-best .522 attack percentage in a win over Western Michigan last Friday. That gave her double-digit kills in seven of Ball State’s last nine matches.
BUITENHUIS SCORES ON BESWICK
It wasn’t too long ago that Ethan Beswick and Chad Buitenhuis were combining forces to lead the Grand Haven varsity soccer team to quite a few victories.
On Saturday, the two were on opposite sides as Hope College hosted Alma.
Beswick started in goal for Hope and made five saves. The only shot that eluded him came off the foot of Buitenhuis, who fired in a goal from 14 yards out early in the second half.
The goal, Buitenhuis’ second of the season, was the lone bright spot for Alma, as Hope pulled away for a 4-1 victory.
With the win, Beswick is now 7-1-1 on the season.
LOCAL TRIO PROPELS OLIVET NAZARENE
Three former Lakers are currently on the roster at Olivet Nazarene University, near Chicago.
Rachel Kilbry is a senior defender while Katie Smith is a junior midfielder. In addition, Hailey Pellegrom is a freshman defender for the Tigers.
Smith has started all 12 games for Olivet Nazarene, scoring four goals, three of which have proven to be game-winners.
Kilbry has started 11 of her team’s 12 games and has one assist on the season.
Pellegrom has played in nine games and has two shots on goal. She has not registered a goal or an assist.
Olivet Nazarene sits at 8-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in conference play heading into tonight’s showdown with Cardinal Stritch Univeristy (Wis.).