One member of Ball State's women's volleyball's talented 2010 recruiting class may be ineligible this season because of dispute over a class she took in eighth grade, coach Steve Shondell said.
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Steve Shondell remembers watching his father, Dr. Don Shondell, coach Ball State men's volleyball from the Irving Gym sidelines as a child. Although he wanted to coach, Steve said, Ball State's first-year women's volleyball coach never thought he'd continue his father's legacy. Things just worked out that way.
Wednesday afternoon the athletic department announced the traditional alumni match, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, has been canceled.
Members of Ball State's women's volleyball team reported to campus last weekend in preparation for the start of fall practices this week.
While the schedule has not been released by the Ball State Athletic Department, the Daily News has learned that Ball State will have 12 non conference opponents in 2010.This year's scheduled is highlighted with a Cardinals' appearance at the University of North Carolina's Tar Heel Classic September 17 and 18.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohio State University's attack attempt tipped off one of his players and landed out-of-bounds for the match-winning point, coach Joel Walton threw his binder about five feet underneath the team's bench. The frustration for the 12th-year Ball State University head coach was almost overwhelming.
Ethan Phiester was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week on Monday for his performance Saturday against IPFW.
The coach of No. 13 Ball State University said he does not want to announce who will be starting at left outside attacker.
Ball State travels to No. 10 Ohio State for a MIVA Tournament semifinal. The Buckeyes are the MIVA regular season champions and two-time defending tournament champions.
The Cardinals were able to balance their offense as four players ended with double digit kills. Outside attacker Eric Schulte led the Cardinals in kills with 12 while Nelson, J.D. Gasparovic and outside attacker Lee Meyer ended the match with 11 kills each.
Ball State enters postseason play as the No. 4 seed and is paired up with fifth-seeded IPFW. The Cardinals have defeated the Mastodons twice this season on Feb. 25 and April 3. The winner of tonight's match then moves on to play at No. 1 seed Ohio State University, which received a first-round bye. The Buckeyes have already defeated the Cardinals twice this season.
No. 13 Ball State University opens MIVA Tournament play Saturday night in Worthen Arena against IPFW, and the seniors don't want it to be their last match in a Ball State uniform. The Cardinals are now in a one-and-done situation from here on out.
Julie Breivogel will join the Purdue staff and coach during summer camps.
Steve Shondell has barely had time to sit down to evaluate his team, get to know each player's strengths and weaknesses, address assistant coaching vacancies and speak to recruits. Yet he knows the immediate direction he wants to take the team — the NCAA Tournament.
Ball State was soundly swept by No. 11 Ohio State University Friday night in Columbus, Ohio, as the Buckeyes clinched the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association with the victory. It took the Cardinals 24 hours to regroup. Ball State swept No. 13 Loyola University 3-0 (30-25, 30-28, 30-28) Saturday night in Worthen Arena, claiming its second win over a ranked team this season.
The No. 11 Buckeyes (18-7, 10-1 MIVA) are the defending MIVA champions and have swept the Cardinals in the conference championship match the last two seasons. The two schools have already played in Muncie this season with the Buckeyes getting the sweep.
Senior Libero Billy Ebel only has a few matches left in his Ball State University uniform, and there was one thing he had to do before graduating: Get a mohawk.
There was no time for Steve Shondell to settle into his new position as the women's volleyball coach for Ball State University on Wednesday. Less than 24 hours after the announcement of his hiring, Shondell returned to Worthen Arena for his first practice with the team and began his whirlwind day of meetings.
Steve Shondell was introduced Tuesday as the sixth head coach in school history. He comes to Ball State following a 34-year tenure as the girls volleyball coach at Burris Laboratory School.
Ball State moves to 17-9 on the season (6-4 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) while Saint Francis falls below .500 to 12-13. Ball State closes out the regular season against MIVA leaders No. 13 Ohio State University and No. 11 Loyola University next weekend. Ball State is currently the No. 3 seed in the MIVA tournament, which begins April, 24.