Toledo dropped another heartbreaker on Thursday evening in Savage Arena with a 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 13-25, 21-25, 17-15) setback to Ball State. The setback was the Rockets' third five-set loss in Mid-American Conference play at home this season.
After dropping the opening two sets of the match, UT (8-16, 2-9 MAC) came out with a vengeance and dominated the third set, 25-13, and continued its solid play to win the fourth set, 25-21. The Rockets then took a 13-10 advantage in the final stanza and had three match points but couldn't put the Cardinals away. After senior OH Sondra Parys' blast gave UT a 14-12 lead, the visitors received kills from junior MB Mindy Marx, senior MB Lisa Scott and freshman OH Jenna Spadafora to secure the win.
Junior MB Dakota Harkins dominated both sides of the net for the Rockets in the match by tallying a career-high 16 kills, a .483 ATK% and a match-best nine blocks. She was joined in double figures by junior OH Jordan Kielty with a career-high 16 kills as well as sophomore MB Brooke Frazer (career-best 11 kills, .391 ATK%), junior RSH Becca Reidy (11 kills) and Parys (10 kills, .346 ATK%).
Freshman libero Celina Diaz led Toledo defensively in the back row with a career-high 25 digs, while junior S Adria Pryor collected 63 assists with a .667 ATK% . One of her two kills was a dump shot that put the Rockets ahead, 14-12, in the fifth set.
Senior OH Kara Bates was one of four Cardinals to reach double-digits in kills with 16 terminations. She was joined by Marx (10), Spadaforda (10) and junior RSH Lauren Grant (10).
Junior libero Catie Fredrich registered a match-high 27 digs to pace BSU's defensive efforts.
UT held a .255-.188 advantage in hitting efficiency and also outblocked the Cardinals by a 13-6 margin. But BSU was able to overcome that by registering a decisive 8-0 advantage in service aces and a slim 78-73 cushion in digs.
Toledo returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 27 when it visits Akron to face the Zips (13-10, 6-5 MAC). First serve for the match is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.