The Ball State Women's Volleyball team huddles up during a time out in a game against Alabama at Worthen Arena Sept. 9. Ball State beat Alabama 3-1. Amber Pietz, DN

Cardinals crowned Ball State Tournament Champions

Coming off of two wins in the Ball State Tournament Sept. 9, Ball State Women’s Volleyball (8-1, 0-0) turned around and survived a five-set (25-22, 25-12, 25-23, 25-17, 17-15) thriller against Green Bay (5-4, 0-0) to be crowned tournament champions Sept. 10.

Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski sets the ball in a match against South Florida Aug. 26 in Tampa, Fla. Wielonski had 47 assists during the match. Mary Holt, South Florida Athletics, Photo Provided

Setting a Season Standard

Following the conclusion of their historic season that included a Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship and a first NCAA Tournament win since 1995 in the 2021 season, Ball State Women’s Volleyball saw a transition period that included the departure of two assistant coaches, Tiffany Koors and Fritz Rosenberg, as well as four players.

Ball State fans stand among Tennessee fans Sept. 1 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Ball State lost 10-59. Amber Pietz, DN

Beyond the game

From former students to former Ball State football players, alumni were scattered throughout Knoxville, Tennessee, for Ball State Football's contest against the University of Tennessee Sept. 1. Three former players spoke on what the game meant to them.


Rocky Top Tennessee

Before and during Ball State Football's contest against the University of Tennessee Sept. 1, the gameday atmosphere engulfed Knoxville. Though the Cardinals lost 59-10, the players and coach were grateful for traveling Ball State fans support.

Running back Carson Steele (33) runs with the football down the field in the second quarter of the game against Central Michigan on Nov. 17, 2021, at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, IN. Amber Pietz, DN

Cardinals fly to Tennessee for season opener

Each season, at least one of Ball State Football’s first games of the year is against a “Power-Five Conference” (Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, PAC-12 and ACC) program. To kick off the 2022 season, the Cardinals and the University of Tennessee Volunteers will square off at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee Sept. 1 in each program’s first game of the season. 

The Congerville Flyers football team poses for a photo Oct. 10, 1915 in Muncie, Ind. In 1916, the Congerville Athletic Club and Congerville Flyers merged and later renamed the Muncie Flyers. Ball State Digital Media Repository, Photo Courtesy

Flying Towards the History Books

One of the numerous small city teams from the early age of the NFL came from the city which would become known as “Middletown.” In 1920, Muncie, Indiana, with a modest population of 36,000, became the home of a charter franchise of the future NFL.

Sophomore wide receiver Whop Philter is tackled by junior safety Brett Anderson II and offensive linebacker Jimmy Daw, Sept. 15, 2018, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. Ball State lost to IU 10-38, making this their second loss of the season. Grace Hollars, DN

Money Moves

In the case of the University of Tennessee Sept. 1, the Cardinals will receive $1.5 million for playing the Volunteers – a financial figure Goetz said is the going rate during this era of college football.

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