Head coach Steve Shondell watches as Ball State battles to win the fifth set against Eastern Michigan. DN PHOTO SAMANTHA BRAMMER
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Shondell notches 100th career win
Ball State women’s volleyball coach Steve Shondell eclipsed another milestone over the weekend, becoming just the third coach in program history to win 100 matches at the university.
“It’s very meaningful to have been able to coach a hundred victories for Ball State University,” Shondell said. “My alma mater, the school that I’ve grown up with, the school my father coached at; that’s what makes it so meaningful I think, that it was done at Ball State.”
Shondell arrived at Ball State in 2010, following in the footsteps of his father Don, who coached the Ball State men’s volleyball team during the program’s inauguration.
Ball State’s record year-by-year under Shondell
Year Overall MAC
2010: 24-5 14-2
2011: 25-8 12-4
2012: 14-17 7-9
2013: 24-8 12-4
2014*: 13-10 7-3
Total: 100-48 52-22
*Ball State’s 2014 record is subject to change, as the Cardinals have six regular season matches remaining.
Stats via ballstatesports.com
Shondell spent 34 seasons as the head coach at Muncie Burris Laboratory School prior to his arrival at Ball State.
Since 2010, Shondell has led the Cardinals to three winning seasons and only one losing season, averaging just over 21 wins per season.
He led the Cardinals to a MAC regular season title in 2010, and clinched his second title last season when Ball State shared the MAC West Division regular season championship. He owns a career 52-22 MAC record.
This season, Ball State’s record sits at 13-10 overall, and its latest win against Bowling Green on Saturday was important to both Shondell and his players.
“It feels great to be a part of Steve’s 100th win,” junior setter Jenna Spadafora said. “To be a part of [it] is great, and I know our team is so proud of him for accomplishing that at Ball State. It’s just cherry on top of a good win.”
Shondell praised Spadafora after the win, saying she was “as good as she’s been in a Ball State uniform” in leading the Cardinal offense to a season-high .358 attack percentage.
The victory over Bowling Green came after a tough road loss the night before to Mid-American Conference rival Miami.
The Cardinals stand alone in the west division with a 7-3 conference record with six matches remaining before the postseason tournament.
Shondell said winning 100 matches is meaningful to him and that he couldn’t have done it without his players.
“I owe it all to the girls,” Shondell said laughing.