The present and the future have collided, and the result has been nothing but beneficial for the Ball State women's volleyball team.
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It may not have been the signature win coach Steve Shondell was looking for, but a hard-fought and impressive 22-25, 12-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9 victory over Appalachian State will do.
Things looked bleak for Ball State. Playing their third match in less than 24 hours against second high quality opponent Ball State lost the first two sets against Appalachian State (9-3) before rallying back to complete an unlikely and impressive comeback to win in five sets.
On the eve of a North Carolina football game and with a surplus of Tar Heel fans on campus, Ball State will be in Chapel Hill looking to make a statement.
FORT WAYNE — First-year coach Steve Shondell challenged his team after Saturday's disappointing loss to Wright State. He challenged the Cardinals to play with fire, passion and not allow their confidence to be shaken.
First-year women's volleyball coach Steve Shondell faces a difficult question after a rough loss on the road over the weekend: How does a team rebound from a poor performance and get back on track before facing another road test at IPFW?
The sky isn't falling, but Ball State turned in its worst effort of the season in a loss Saturday at Wright State.
The worst performance of the season was a costly one for the Ball State women's volleyball team.
With the success of another 3-0 weekend and a victory over IUPUI on Tuesday night, Ball State holds a 7-0 record heading into what could prove to be the critical part of their schedule.
Ball State seems to have all the momentum in the world right now. After winning the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar Classic last week, the Cardinals returned to Worthen Arena to win the Active Ankle Challenge.
A movement to return the once proud women's volleyball program to glory is underway. While the status of the effort under first-year Ball State coach Steve Shondell is unknown, Friday night provided a glimpse of what could be.
Ball State took another step in returning the women's volleyball program to prominence by winning the Active Ankle Challenge at Worthen Arena this and setting an attendance record this weekend.
Freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker continued to shine brightly early in her career at Ball State. Baker blasted a career high 16 kills and 11 digs in Ball State's 3-0 win against Oakland on Saturday night.
Ball State could have been caught looking ahead to their match with Oakland on Saturday night at Worthen Arena by Robert Morris. This was such a concern that first-year coach Steve Shondell went over game tape from Friday's Robert Morris match until 2 a.m.
First set domination eliminated any thought of worry, no matter how little, of an unsuccessful home opener for the Ball State women's volleyball team.
Worthen Arena, the home of the Ball State women's volleyball team, hasn't been a place for success. In the past four seasons, the Cardinals have struggled to a 17-32 regular-season record at home, winning no more than six games in Worthen Arena during that span.
Good teams find a way to win games, even when fighting fatigue from playing two matches in one day.
The NCAA delivered good news to Ball State's women's volleyball program earlier this week when it ruled freshman Mindy Marx will be eligible to play this season.
One member of Ball State's women's volleyball's talented 2010 recruiting class may be ineligible this season because of dispute over a class she took in eighth grade, coach Steve Shondell said.
Steve Shondell remembers watching his father, Dr. Don Shondell, coach Ball State men's volleyball from the Irving Gym sidelines as a child.