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Members of the IPFW men’s volleyball team celebrate after an upset of No. 8 Ohio State last weekend.
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Win over Ohio State raises bar for IPFW

– OK, so now what?

What’s the encore for the IPFW men’s volleyball team that knocked off eighth-ranked Ohio State last week?

Now that the perpetually inconsistent Mastodons (10-9) have once again proved they can beat some of the nation’s best teams, how do the recent wins over the Buckeyes and No. 10 Penn State and No. 15 George Mason translate to the remainder of the regular season and into the MIVA tournament that begins April 20?

In other words, how do you steer a roller coaster?

“What you have to do is go back and try and hold them accountable to what they just did,” IPFW coach Arnie Ball said. “One of the things that you do is when you’re successful, all of a sudden you, personally, have raised the standard. Now somebody has to hold your feet to the fire to maintain that standard or even raise it more yet.

“If we get beat by Ohio State and by Ball State and Penn State, then you don’t have that standard to hold them to.”

IPFW closes out a 4-4 March with a pair of matches today and Saturday at the Gates Center. Pfeiffer (14-6) is first up at 7 tonight, and Limestone (13-10) is the same time Saturday.

A pair of victories is the No. 1 goal; consistency is a close second.

“We’ve beaten some of the best teams in the country. We’ve seen shades of how good we could be,” senior Anthony Randolph said. “I think we’re immature. We’re not mentally there all the time, which is tough. I’m not going to say we’re a young team, because everyone’s been playing or starting for a year now.”

Tech games moved

The Indiana Tech baseball team’s four-game series against Cornerstone, scheduled today and Saturday at Indiana Tech, has been moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., due to field conditions. A doubleheader will begin at 11 a.m. today and at noon Saturday.

Athletes of note

Indiana Tech sophomore Jessica Cotton and senior Sam Berrios were named the WHAC softball players of the week. In the Warriors’ first nine games, Cotton hit .400, with 11 RBI. In winning three games, Berrios posted a 1.50 ERA. … Manchester senior Bryce Murphy (Norwell) was named the HCAC baseball pitcher of the week. In notching three saves, Murphy pitched eight scoreless innings. He gave up six hits, walked one, and struck out six. Also, Manchester junior Jordan Nieman was named the HCAC hitter of the week. Nieman went 9 for 16 and had seven RBI in four wins.

Steve Warden covers area colleges for The Journal Gazette. He may be reached by email at stwarden@jg.net, by phone at 260 461-8477, or by fax at 260 461-8648.

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