Entering his first season with Ball State Men’s Volleyball, freshman libero Sammy Adkisson has high expectations for his collegiate career. Having attended Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Adkisson finished his high school career as the all-time digs leader in his school’s history with 1,016.
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The Cardinals are going dancing. Ball State Women’s Volleyball (20-11,11-5 MAC) is heading to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on fifth-seeded Nebraska (25-4,11-5 Big 10) in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament Friday at 7 p.m.
Monday is Amber Seaman’s birthday. She woke up a champion.
Mental toughness has been a theme for Ball State Women’s Volleyball (19-11, 12-5 MAC). The Cardinals have dealt with playing down all season, and their 3-1 win against Miami (Ohio) (17-11, 12-4 MAC) was no different.
On to the next one. Seven straight wins.
Senior libero Kate Avila is Ball State’s ironwoman.
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.