WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Finishing sets key to Cardinals in home victory

In the first set, the Cardinals faced an early hole when they found themselves down 17-12. But Ball State was eventually able to even the score at 22 and win the set 25-23, finishing the game on a 13-6 run. Sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Brandl recorded seven kills in the first set, setting the tone for the Cardinals (13-15, 6-9 Mid-American Conference).



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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Host Ball State sweeps Toledo

The Cardinals (13-15, 6-9 MAC) were led on offense by sophomore Kelsey Brandl's match-high 14 kills. Junior outside hitter Hannah Sullivan had 13 kills, while senior Alisha Green added 12 kills in her final regular season home match.Defensively for Ball State, junior libero Alyssa Rio had a match-best 23 digs. 



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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Cards host Toledo as regular season winds down

Emotions will be high with it being the final regular season, and potentially the final home match, for seniors Alisha Green, Julie Breivogel and Elania Kakatolis, which could make for high-error volleyball, which is not something the Cardinals can afford to let happen.


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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: MAC preview

After winning its first MAC title in school history last season, Ball State isn't even expected to finish first in their own division. Toledo was projected to finish first in the West Division, while Bowling Green — the perennial MAC favorites year in and year out — is again expected to win the East and the Tournament.


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Ball State pick 'em

Vote on the polls on the right side of this screen for who you think will win each Ball State game this week.



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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Season preview

The 2008-09 Ball State University women's basketball season is one that nobody will soon forget. But moving on is exactly what the 2009-10 squad is hoping to accomplish as it travels to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the University of Michigan in its season opener.


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DN Weekly Awards

Each week, The Daily News' sports crew picks its PPQ - the play, player and quote of the week.But it doesn't stop there. With the help of our online voters, the weekly fan choice is also featured.


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MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: 3 Cardinals help local high schools to state championships

Ball State University men's volleyball starter Billy Ebel watched as the Southwood High School girl's volleyball team scored to tie Burris Laboratory School in a state championship match Saturday. With the score at 12 in the third set, Ebel got up quickly from his seat among the Burris assistant coaches and walked quickly to the sidelines to yell defensive instructions to the girls, who risked blowing their two-game lead in their biggest match of the season. 



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MEN'S BASKETBALL: MAC preview

Men's basketball beat writer Teddy Cahill breaks down what you need to know about men's basketball in the MAC this season.


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FOOTBALL: Ball State hopes to defend Bronze Stalk trophy tonight at Northern Illinois

The starting quarterback Thursday night for Northern Illinois University is unknown, but Ball State University won't be changing their approach no matter who is under center. Sophomore Chandler Harnish returned to practice this week after missing the last three games with a knee injury. Fellow sophomore DeMarcus Grady has started in Harnish's place and is 3-0 as a starter.


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FOOTBALL: Orsbon ready to block for Cards' running backs

With Ball State University's offense focused on the rushing attack, wide receiver Briggs Orsbon has had to adjust his role.Orsbon has been the Cardinals' leading receiver the past two years, but without Kelly Page leading the offense, receptions have been hard to come by. In 2 1/2 games since taking over for Page, Tanner Justice has just 14 completions.Ball State's new run-first scheme has forced Orsbon and the other wide receivers to do more blocking.


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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Rio named MAC Defensive Player of the Week

Junior libero Alyssa Rio was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon. She is the first Cardinal player to earn the defensive award this season. Rio's combined performance over the weekend against Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University earned her the honor. Against Eastern Michigan Friday, Rio posted a season-high 34 digs. She followed that performance up with a 19 dig effort Sunday in helping the Cardinals to a 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan while holding the Chippewas to a -.412 hitting percentage in the third set, the lowest output by a Ball State opponent in rally scoring.







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