The Ball State Women's Volleyball team practices Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at Worthen Arena. The team improved to 12-5 after going 2-0 last weekend. Rebecca Slezak,DN
Cardinals continue to fight for top MAC spot in 3-0 sweep over Central Michigan
Ball State Women’s Volleyball (12-5, 3-1 MAC) its second straight win of the weekend over Central Michigan (3-13, MAC 0-4), 3-0, to cap off a perfect 6-0 finish this weekend. Saturday night's match saw the Cardinals improve to an impressive 20-5 when facing Central Michigan at Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals won the first set (25-17) displaying 14 kills, with four of them from freshman Reece Kral. The Cardinal’s also had 24 digs, with junior defensive specialist Anna Jensen with seven.
“We started off really strong because we worked hard in practice,” Jensen said.
The second set was an astonishing overtime set (27-25) which contained four lead changes, including the Cardinals being down at one point, 16-11. Junior defensive specialist Kate Avila led the second set with six digs. The Cardinals also had 20 kills in the second set, led by senior outside hitter Ellie Dunn with seven. Head coach Kelli Miller emphasized that they had to take it one point at a time to bring it back.
“We knew they were going to come back after playing pretty sluggish in set one and fight hard, but we just had to stay the course.” Miller said.
The Cardinals buckled down and closed the series with a 25-23 win. In total, Dunn led the team with 13 kills out of 46 total attacks.
“I think the MAC is going to be unbelievably competitive, and all we can worry about is one game at a time," Miller said. "We know this is a tough league, and if you look too far ahead, one will bite you."
Cardinals continue MAC action Thursday night against Toledo at Worthen Arena at 7 P.M.