First-year women's volleyball coach Steve Shondell faces a difficult question after a rough loss on the road over the weekend: How does a team rebound from a poor performance and get back on track before facing another road test at IPFW?
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The sky isn't falling, but Ball State turned in its worst effort of the season in a loss Saturday at Wright State.
Committing 27 errors on the road at Wright State (4-6) snapped Ball State's seven-game winning streak and 21-set winning streak as they lost 25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20.
With the success of another 3-0 weekend and a victory over IUPUI on Tuesday night, Ball State holds a 7-0 record heading into what could prove to be the critical part of their schedule.
In the process of sweeping all three matches over Oakland, Robert Morris and Tennessee State, several players earned all-tournament honors.
A movement to return the once proud women's volleyball program to glory is underway. While the status of the effort under first-year Ball State coach Steve Shondell is unknown, Friday night provided a glimpse of what could be.
Ball State took another step in returning the women's volleyball program to prominence by winning the Active Ankle Challenge at Worthen Arena this and setting an attendance record this weekend.
Freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker continued to shine brightly early in her career at Ball State. Baker blasted a career high 16 kills and 11 digs in Ball State's 3-0 win against Oakland on Saturday night.
In a hard-fought match, Ball State defeated Robert Morris 3-0.
In front of a record 1,744 fans Ball State made a statement early against Tennessee State. The Cardinals fed off the energy of the record crowd en route to a 25-5 victory. Ball State used the momentum to sweep the match and remain undefeated.
Worthen Arena hasn't been a place for success. In the past four seasons, the Cardinals have struggled to a 17-32 regular-season record at home.
The Ball State women's volleyball team won the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar Classic. Ball State swept its way through the weekend, defeating each opponent in three sets. The Cardinals defeated the host Cougars 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 to finish the weekend 3-0.
The NCAA delivered good news to Ball State's women's volleyball program earlier this week when it ruled freshman Mindy Marx will be eligible to play this season.
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.
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.