Ball State women’s volleyball was picked to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll. Western Michigan was predicted to finish first, receiving five first-place votes.

Ball State did not receive a first place vote.

Last season, Ball State finished fifth in the MAC West, with a 7-9 record, finishing ahead of just Toledo.

Head coach Steve Shondell hopes to have more continuity on team this season, now with all the players healthy and new offensive threats on the court.

The Cardinals travel to Tampa to play Austin Peay in its first match of the season Friday, and play Citadel and South Florida on Saturday. 

The first home match for Ball State occurs Sept. 4 against IPFW at Worthen Arena.

MAC play opens for Ball State on Sept. 27, against Eastern Michigan.