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Northern Illinois (8-20, 5-9 MAC) was no match for the streaking Ball State (15-11, 9-5 MAC), who won its fourth straight game in a 3-0 sweep. While each set was close, Ball State ultimately came out on top. Here are four takeaways from the match.
Ball State head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said the team’s road trip against Western Michigan and Northern Illinois was going to be the toughest of the season.
Down, 1-0. Down, 2-1. Coming back to win in five sets.
While “Thriller” by Michael Jackson was playing across the loudspeakers on Halloween night at Worthen Arena, the thrill was on the court as Ball State Women’s Volleyball (12-11, 6-5 MAC) defeated Toledo, (7-16, 0-11 MAC) 3-2.
Friday was more than just another game for senior setter Amber Seaman. This was a game against her sister, Morgan Seaman, a setter for Miami (Ohio) — a sibling rivalry Amber said has been present for eight years now.
For MyKel Ivy, freshman middle blocker for Ball State Women's Volleyball, competition is everything, including why she came to Ball State.
Freshman outside hitter Natalie Risi continued to shine as she helped propel Ball State (11-8, 4-3, MAC) to sweep Ohio (12-8, 3-4 MAC) Friday.
“Marie grew up wanting to be just like her big brothers. A successful athlete.”
Ball State Women’s Volleyball (7-7, 1-1 MAC) split its two-game Ohio road trip as it fell to Akron (9-4, 2-0 MAC). The Cardinals started the game up two sets to none, but the Zips stormed back to sweep the remaining three, 3-2.
Ball State Women’s Volleyball (6-6, 0-0 MAC) finished the 13th annual Active Ankle Challenge dropping it’s first match to Wright State, 3-2, and sweeping Missouri State, 3-0.
Ball State Women’s Volleyball (5-5, 0-0 MAC) returned home after back to back road tournaments, hosting the annual Active Ankle Challenge. Cardinals opened up tournament play Friday night, sweeping Austin Peay (1-10, 0-0 OVC), 3-0, in front of a raucous Worthen Arena crowd.
Ball State (4-5, 0-0 MAC) went into the weekend at 3-3 on the season looking to leave Highland Heights, Kentucky, with an above .500 record. The Cardinals were off to a good start Friday, defeating Northern Kentucky in five sets, but they were unable to reach their goal after a pair of losses Saturday against Cincinnati and Notre Dame.
Editor's note: In a previous version of this article, a quote was found to be fabricated. The quote has since been removed, and proper steps were taken to handle the situation.
The Cardinals (3-3, 0-0 MAC) brought their offense with them to the Gonzaga Tournament this weekend, going 2-1 against Grand Canyon, Montana and Gonzaga.
The regular season is underway as Ball State Women’s Volleyball (1-1, 0-0 MAC) hosted the University of Alabama at Birmingham (0-2, 0-0 C-USA West) and the University of South Florida (2-0, 0-0 AAC) Friday in Worthen Arena.
Ball State Women’s Volleyball’s regular season starts Friday. In preparation, the Cardinals competed with Purdue Fort Wayne Saturday, a match that went the distance for a full five sets.
For Ball State Women's Volleyball, the 2018 season was just the beginning, as the team looks to improve after a 22-10 finish.
Coming off a 2018 season that saw Ball State Men’s Volleyball head to the MIVA semifinals, great expectations were on the line heading into 2019. From the addition of four freshmen, including outside attacker Kaleb Jenness, as well as a number of returners, confidence was key for the Cardinals early.
In a match which saw Ball State Men’s Volleyball (15-15, 6-9 MIVA) go to extra points in its final three sets, the Cardinals ultimately fell short of a MIVA Semifinals with a 3-2 loss to McKendree (13-12, 7-8 MIVA) in the MIVA Quarterfinals Saturday.