Feb. 6, 2009


Courtesy of George Mason Athletics

MUNCIE, Ind. – After opening the season with three consecutive home matches, the George Mason men’s volleyball team faced its first road test of the season on Thursday evening at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind. The Patriots excelled in their first match away from Fairfax, downing No. 13 Ball State by a final score of 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-24).

George Mason hit .380 as a team in the match to improve its record to 3-1 on the season. All three of the Patriots’ wins this season have come by way of the sweep. Mason’s lone loss of the year was on Jan. 23 against Loyola Chicago. Ball State dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

Senior Kyle Gramit and junior Ben Nichols paced the Patriot attack with 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Junior setter Ryan Kwiatkowski dished out 40 assists in the win. Mason’s defense was led by senior middle blocker Brandon McLaughlin, who totaled seven blocks.

Todd Chamberlain led the Cardinals with 12 kills, while J.D. Gasparovic added 10 on .562 hitting. Billy Ebel finished with nine digs for Ball State.

The Patriots continue their road swing tomorrow evening with a 7 p.m. match against No. 12 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.