Five seniors said goodbye to Worthen Arena as the Ball State women's volleyball team wrapped up a perfect home season Saturday night.
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Ball State didn't have anything to play for Saturday and it showed.
Finally. That was the reaction of senior libero Alyssa Rio on Saturday after Ball State closed out its most successful regular season since 2002. The Ball State women's volleyball team had just put its stamp on a 24-4 (14-2 Mid-American Conference) record, completing a dream regular season no one expected.
It's been quite the ride for the Ball State women's volleyball team.
Most of the lights were off in Worthen Arena and it was nearly silent. Only the scuffles of the facilities crew were heard as they set up for the women's basketball game to take place Friday evening.
Kylee Baker smacked her seventh kill of the night off the outstretched arms of a Toledo player and the celebration was on.
Two points from the first Mid-American Conference regular season championship since 2002, Alyssa Rio dove to the floor and kept the ball alive. Moments later Rio was on the floor again. The ball popped up into the air a third time before Ball State won the point.
Three seasons ago, Ball State women's volleyball hit rock bottom. The Cardinals set a program record for losses with a disastrous 5-25 season, including an NCAA-leading seven five-set losses.
Ball State was thoroughly dominated in the first set at Central Michigan, but the rest of the match went as scripted. The Cardinals swept the next three sets to clinch at least a share of the regular season Mid-American Conference championship for the first time since 2002. It also clinched a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament.
It just might be Ball State's year. Facing second-place Eastern Michigan on the road and making mistakes by the truck load, it appeared to be Eastern Michigan's night.
The assumption is this weekend is all about clinching the top seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the Ball State women's volleyball team. The reality is several players could be motivated for other reasons.
For the first time this season the Ball State women's volleyball team swept the Mid-American Conference West Division weekly awards.
Senior Hannah Sullivan isn't used to being a defensive specialist. She made her name as an outside hitter, but her presence as a defender has defined her Ball State legacy.
The big weekend for the Ball State women's volleyball program didn't go unnoticed. Ball State swept the Mid-American Conference West Division weekly awards after defeating Western Michigan and Northern Illinois to claim sole possession of first place of the MAC West.
Women's volleyball coach Steve Shondell says the season isn't on the line this weekend. He may be right, but positioning for the Mid-American Conference Tournament is.
Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is take care of business. Ball State could have been the victim of an upset with the biggest home-stand in years looming next week.
For three weeks coach Steve Shondell preached the importance of taking things one point at a time. The Ball State women's volleyball team has bought into this philosophy.
If the Mid-American Conference was worried about Ball State after last weekend's win over Ohio, the concern had to grow after Friday night. Ball State dominated Miami in the best offensive match of the season, hitting .367 while winning 25-18, 25-15, 26-24.
Ohio had tormented Ball State for seven years. Junior setter Brittany McGinnis was haunted by the memory of the season-ending loss to Ohio in the quarterfinals of last year's Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Ball State is 8-0 in home matches after defeating Kent State 3-1 Saturday.