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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.
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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.
After a 3-2 comeback victory over McKendree on Thursday and seven days remaining until the MIVA quarterfinals, Ball State Men’s Volleyball (15-14, 6-8 MIVA) concluded its regular season Saturday night against Ohio State (10-18, 5-9 MIVA). However, the Cardinals would let go of a 2-1 lead through three sets as the Buckeyes would prevail in five, 3-2.
In what head coach Joel Walton described as an “up-and-down” match, Ball State Men’s Volleyball (15-13, 6-7 MIVA) edged McKendree (11-12, 6-7 MIVA), 3-2, in a five-set battle Thursday.
Junior outside hitter Pelegrin Vargas’ 19 kills and .351 hitting percentage was too much to handle for No. 13 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (13-11, 4-6 MIVA) Tuesday. The Cardinals began their five-match MIVA road trip Tuesday with a 3-0 loss to No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne (14-9, 6-4 MIVA).
It was an emotional afternoon inside Worthen Arena Saturday as No. 15 Ball State (13-11, 4-5 MIVA) closed out the home portion of its regular-season schedule. The Cardinals welcomed No. 7 Lewis (18-5, 9-1 MIVA), who were coming into the match on an 11-match win streak.
Junior outside attacker Matt Szews’ 14 kills was not enough for No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (12-11, 3-5 MIVA) against No. 10 Loyola-Chicago (14-7, 7-2 MIVA) Thursday. A .181 hitting percentage and 24 attack errors hurt the Cardinals, falling 3-0 to the Ramblers.
After defeating EIVA opponents Saint Francis and Penn State, No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (12-10, 3-4) will aim to extend its three-match win streak against No. 10 Loyola-Chicago (13-7, 6-2 MIVA) and No. 7 Lewis (17-4, 8-0 MIVA) on this upcoming weekend.
No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (12-10, 3-4 MIVA) held its annual Senior Night Saturday, but it was a junior in outside attacker Matt Szews’ season-high 21 kills that propelled the Cardinals to a 3-1 comeback victory over Penn State.
After three matches at the Outrigger Tournament in Honolulu, No. 15 Ball State Men’s Volleyball (11-10, 3-4 MIVA) returned Worthen Arena Friday in successful form. The Cardinals limited Saint Francis (11-9, 5-2 EIVA) to a .011 hitting percentage to sweep the Red Flash, 3-0.