Ball State Field hockey (4-4) went 0-2 this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa, losing against No. 15 Iowa (6-2), 1-4, and No. 4 Penn State (8-0), 0-7.The Cardinals got off to a good start against Iowa, taking the lead in the first half, 1-0, via a goal by senior midfielder Mikayla Mooney, her third of the season.
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In the final match of the two-day Active Ankle Challenge, Ball State women’s volleyball (4-10) fell to the No. 19 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) in three sets (25-21, 25-17,25-14) Sept. 17.
The Ball State women’s volleyball team continued play in the 2016 Active Ankle Challenge this evening at Worthern Arena.
The Ball State women's volleyball team started off strong and finished even stronger in a five-set victory (25-12, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-11) over the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Most Ball State athletics teams spent the last couple weeks on the road, but Family Weekend will feature home games from football, women's volleyball and soccer. Cross country and field hockey, however, will hit the road again.
Consistency will be the goal for women's volleyball when the Cardinals (2-9) host the Active Ankle Challenge Sept. 16 and 17.Head coach Kelli Miller said it's the reason why the Cardinals lost their first nine games.“One match will look great, and one will be very average," she said. "This is one thing we have been consistently talking about. We need to keep a consistent level of play and consistent energy so that we don’t have to hope that things happen — we want to know that we can make things happen."Miller said the Cardinals displayed that improved consistency last weekend, when Ball State won its first two matches of the season against Morehead State and Appalachian State.“It was nice to finally get the monkey off our back and be able to finally get a win," she said.
Several Ball State sports teams are back in action this weekend, and they will all be competing in road games.
Ball State women's volleyball is still searching for its first win of the season after losing to Butler in straight sets (25-18, 25-17, 25-21).The Cardinals are now 0-8 on the season.
Labor Day weekend meant long road trips for Ball State athletics.Football went down to Georgia and beat Georgia State 31-21 in its season opener. Cross country finished third in the Butler Open in Carmel. Field hockey split its games in Louisville, soccer dropped two games in its California road trip and women's volleyball fell to 0-7 on the season.
Ball State’s football and cross country teams will make their season debuts this weekend, while the field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams continue their seasons on the road.
Ball State women’s volleyball dropped its first home opener since 2008 after falling to in-state rival IUPUI 3-1 (25-23, 15-25, 25-21, 25-16). The Cardinals (0-4) struggled to find defensive consistency against the Jaguars (2-2), said head coach Kelli Miller.
In-state bragging rights will be on the line Aug. 31 when Ball State women’s volleyball hosts IUPUI in its home opener.
The Ball State women's volleyball team has some extra incentive to pick up its first win on Aug. 31.
With just one senior on its roster in 2016, Ball State volleyball opened its season with three losses in the Fort Wayne Invitational held at IPFW.Head coach Kelli Miller said the young team will need to grow during the non-conference portion of its schedule.“They just have to learn and get better every day,” she said.
For the fourth year in a row, the women’s volleyball match between Ball State and Fort Wayne came down to the fifth and final set. Unlike the last three meetings, however, it was the Mastadons (2-1) that topped the Cardinals (0-3) after erasing a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 28-26, 15-5).Head coach Kelli Miller said the proximity between Ball State and Fort Wayne ups the intensity of the annual matchup.“It adds to the atmosphere that we’re an hour away,” she said.
The Penguins put the Cardinals on thin ice Aug. 26.
With the first week of classes underway, three Ball State athletic teams will compete this weekend.Soccer will play at home against Xavier Aug. 26 and Fort Wayne on Aug. 28.Field hockey opens its season with a pair of games in North Carolina against Appalachian State Aug. 26 and Davidson Aug. 28.Women’s volleyball kicks off its season with three games at the Fort Wayne Invitational beginning Aug. 26.
Even when he was just a quiet, reserved outside attacker for the Ball State men’s volleyball team in the early '90s, a future in coaching was always a possibility for Paul Baxter.
Ball State assistant volleyball coach Kelli Miller coached under recently retired head coach Steve Shondell for six years.