WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Brandl's interests go far beyond the court

Sometimes unlikely combinations can be the best thing.Ball State University middle blocker Kelsey Brandl is the epitome of an unlikely combination. Best known for her blasting kills on the court, the 6-foot-4-inch Brandl has more than meets the eye.



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FOOTBALL: Heisman on display in Muncie

Students and athletics officials from Ball State University were within grasp of the most prestigious individual trophy in college football Monday.The Heisman Trophy was on display for people to touch and take their picture with at three Muncie businesses.


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FIELD HOCKEY: Cards get shut out in pair of MAC losses

In its worst loss since the 2006 season, Ball State University was overwhelmed by Kent State University in an 8-0 shutout to end the Cardinals' regular season.Ball State was shut out in both of its games this weekend, falling 3-0 to Ohio University on Saturday.


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WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING: Cards split pair of weekend meets

Standing on the deck of Lewellen Pool this weekend, coach Laura Seibold-Caudill had some modest expectations for her team during its first two meets.Expectations that were thrown to the wayside quickly after the start of Friday's meet against the University of Toledo.


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FOOTBALL: Ball State's Wildcat expands against Ohio

The Wildcat had not yielded a pass for Ball State University this year, but Ohio University was sure they would see one Saturday. The Cardinals did throw out of the formation in their 20-17 loss to the Bobcats, and it surprised them anyway. In the fourth quarter, quarterback Tanner Justice took a lateral from triggerman Eric Williams and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Hill streaking down the sideline.



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CROSS COUNTRY: Cards finish 11th at MAC Championship

For the second straight season, the Ball State University cross country team finished in 11th place at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday.Junior Ali Bishel led the Cardinals with a fourth place finish overall on the 6K course. Her time of 22:33 was under 15 seconds behind winner Ari Fisher from the University of Toledo in a tightly contested front pack.


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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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WOMEN'S VOLEYBALL: Cards face MAC leader this weekend

What a difference a month makes. A month ago the Ball State University women's volleyball team (10-13, 3-7) was starting the Mid-American Conference slate with confidence and holding very high expectations.It had no reason to even think that by Halloween it would be fifth in the MAC West, five games behind division leading Western Michigan University (16-9, 8-2), whom Ball State faces Friday night.



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SOCCER: Cards to end season at Miami

 The Cardinals, who have been eliminated from contention for the Mid-American Conference tournament, will play their last match of the season against the RedHawks (9-7-1, 5-4-1 MAC), and coach Michael Lovett said a win is much-needed.


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WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING: BSU begins season admist change

Along with the splitting of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams, former co-head coaches Bob Thomas and Laura Seibold-Caudill each took a team, with Seibold-Caudill taking the reigns of the women's team, a post she held from 1979-2004 when the teams were combined. During the time of the combined teams, Seibold-Caudill was in charge of the divers while Thomas coached the swimmers.


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FOOTBALL: Offensive line's confidence builds after win

Left guard Michael Switzer and center Kreg Hunter made a simple promise to Ball State University's tailbacks before last Saturday's game at Eastern Michigan University.Switzer and Hunter, the veterans of the offensive line, told the running backs there would be holes against the Eagles. All they would have to do is run through them.



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BASKETBALL: MAC preseason polls released; three Cards named Preseason All-MAC West

 The Mid-American Conference released its preseason polls Wednesday, and the reigning MAC Tournament champion Ball State women's basketball team was predicted to finish second in the MAC West Division behind the University of Toledo. The Cardinals' men's team — co-MAC West champs last season — was predicted to finish in fourth place in the West this season.


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MEN'S GOLF: Cards thrive in classroom despite several absences

Despite the academic/athletic pressures, the 2008-09 Ball State men's team was recently named a Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team for achieving a team grade-point average of 3.0 or better. To be eligible for the honor, a university must submit the grade points earned and hours attempted for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.


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FOOTBALL: Page still working hard despite season-ending injury

Kelly Page knew his thumb was hurt, but wanted to stay in Ball State University's game against Bowling Green State University on Oct. 17.When coach Stan Parrish called for a running play, Page decided to tough it out."I was going to come out," Page said. "But I saw it was a run play, so I was like ‘I can stick this out.' I wasn't going to go in there and try and throw the ball and get another interception. I couldn't feel the ball to begin with."


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MEN'S TENNIS: Tough draw proves tough luck for Cards

Ball State University wanted to test themselves against elite competition during the fall season to see how they stack up. The results show the Cardinals still have a way to go."It was very disappointing," coach Bill Richards said. "It was a very poor performance."


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FIELD HOCKEY: Ball State beats Missouri State 4-2

Sophomore Devanny Kuhn marked a career high four goals in Saturday's matchup as she placed the team on her shoulders, leading to an impressive victory for Ball State University.After dropping their last four games, Ball State came out strong against Missouri State University, winning 4-2.


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WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Losing streak continues for Cardinals

There were plenty of highlights over the course of the weekend for the Ball State University women's volleyball team (10-13, 3-7). Kelsey Brandl posted 34 kills, numerous blocks and five service aces. Kaylee Schembra had a remarkable diving, one-handed pancake dig to keep a play alive. Brandl also recorded two digs in the back row, contributing to a critical point in a set win. Charde' Phillips blasted a kill off the face of a defender.


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FOOTBALL: Lewis, Sykes shatter NCAA records in Cardinals' first win of season

YPSILANTI, Mich. - After running for 1,736 yards last season, expectations were sky high for Ball State University running back MiQuale Lewis this year.But Lewis struggled behind a young offensive line and has battled an injured ankle. The senior gained only 378 yards as the Cardinals started the year 0-7. The poor start led to questions about his running style and if he was the best fit for this year's offense.All of that went out the window at Eastern Michigan University as Lewis ran for 301 yards and set Ball State's single-game rushing record, while leading the Cardinals to a 29-27 win.






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