One of the worst possible scenarios following a big upset win is to lose the next match against a lesser opponent.
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A day after upsetting Hawaii in its first match of the Outrigger Invitational, Ball State was unable to keep its hot streak going, losing to UCLA 3-1 (5-22, 25-20, 23-25, 30-28) on Friday.
It was supposed to be a match that Ball State would be too exhausted, inexperienced, and overmatched to win.
A typical trip to Hawaii usually includes activities like snorkeling or hula dancing. While the men's volleyball team will take part in a few fun activities during its trip to Oahu, coach Joel Walton said his team's main focus will be strictly business.
Despite junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl's best efforts, the 2010 women's volleyball team struggled to consistently out block opponents this season. Coach Steve Shondell recognized the weakness and addressed it in his first recruiting class.
Before every game, coach Kelly Packard pulls out her cell phone and scrolls down her list of contacts before stopping at a familiar one.
In a matchup between the 15th-ranked Ball State men's volleyball team and collection of men's volleyball alumni, youth conquered experience.
Tommy Rouse dove to the floor and extended his entire body to save a ball from hitting the ground. After getting to his feet and resetting his position, the ball came flying back toward him only a second later. Once again, the redshirt freshman launched himself horizontally and punched the ball into the air, eventually saving a point.
The Ball State women's volleyball team was facing a future without Brittany McGinnis running the offense in 2010.
Coach Steve Shondell envisioned a three-step process for taking Ball State back to the NCAA Tournament when he was hired in the spring.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Just like that it was over.
The Mid-American Conference Tournament may not have started action on the court, but the Ball State women's volleyball team collected hardware Thursday night in Toledo, Ohio.
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Just as nobody thought Ball State would go 24-4, 14-2 in the regular season, nobody thought it would lose in the quarterfinals without a fight. That was the case Friday afternoon, as Toledo stunned Ball State 28-26, 25-19, 25-21.
The season will be on the line today when Ball State steps on the floor at 4:30 p.m. in Toledo, Ohio.
Five seniors said goodbye to Worthen Arena as the Ball State women's volleyball team wrapped up a perfect home season Saturday night.
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.