With the Mid-American Conference portion of the schedule halfway done, the Ball State women’s volleyball team has built an identity. Head coach Steve Shondell said he wants to see passing with laser accuracy, and he’s gotten it for the most part.
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With one swift swing of her arm, Mackenzie Kitchel ended Ohio University’s time at number one in the conference. Ball State’s five-set win at Ohio wasn’t just a road win for head coach Steve Shondell and his women’s volleyball team.
Ball State knocked off Ohio in five sets Saturday night, winning the first, third and fifth sets. The win puts the Cardinals in first place in the Mid-American Conference. The teams traded points in the first set, until Ball State opened up a 19-13 lead that brought an Ohio timeout.
There will be no lull in the schedule, no chance for Ball State to wander into a trap game. Facing off against two of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference West last weekend apparently wasn’t enough for the women’s volleyball team. A road trip east is in order for the team, who will travel to Kent State University Friday and then take on Ohio University Saturday. Ohio boasts a 15-3 record and leads the conference with a .833 winning percentage.
Kelly Hopkins looked at Jenna Spadafora and whispered. The two sophomores on the Ball State women’s volleyball team debated what place the team was predicted to finish in the preseason polls.
The lights turn off and the music turns on. A Ball State sign glows red in the darkness of the Worthen Arena locker room.
A kill was sent over the net, directly at Ball State’s Nikki Box.
After what could be described as an upset loss to the University of Toledo, 9-8, Ball State didn’t waste time putting the defeat behind them.
Doing everything they could to save a possible University at Buffalo point, Ball State’s Alex Fuelling and Kati Vasalakis crashed into each other late in the second set.
The Cardinals knocked off the Bulls in three sets Saturday night.
It shouldn’t matter whether Ball State’s match against Toledo takes place in Ohio or Indiana.
Sometimes, a blank expression means more than carefully chosen words.
Teams don’t get to 14-3 on lucky breaks and fortuitous bounces.
Steve Shondell has previously recited a common adage that defense wins championships. The Ball State head coach may be rethinking that after his team’s victory at Central Michigan.
Every time Eastern Michigan put a volleyball over the net, Ball State was there.
It’s no secret that players look forward to the start of conference play.
Jacqui Seidel has seen this play out before.
Last season, it wasn’t until Oct. 25, 2012, that the Ball State women’s volleyball team was able to reach 12 wins.
After knocking off UNC-Asheville and Southern Methodist, there was just one opponent standing between Ball State and another undefeated weekend.
Ball State won its seventh straight match Friday after beating UNC-Asheville, 25-21, 25-13, and 25-13.