Ball State men's volleyball pose for a photo after their game against McKendree April 6 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals won 3-2 against the Bobcats. Mya Cataline, DN

Ball State’s accomplished seniors sent off with 5-set win against McKendree

The senior-laden starting rotation propelled the Cardinals to a victory in the class’s final home regular season match. After dropping the first two sets without holding a lead, No. 11 Ball State rallied to defeat No. 18 McKendree (14-11, 8-8 MIVA) in a five-set affair (21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-9) — earning the Cardinals sole possession of the MIVA regular season title.

Graduate Student middle blocker Wil McPhillips celebrates scoring a point against Quincy April 4 at Worthen Arena. McPhillips scored four points in the game. Mya Cataline, DN

Ball State men’s volleyball secures 3rd straight MIVA crown

Shondell — the son of the late Dr. Don Shondell, who led the Cardinals to 20 of their conference championships — will soon have to amend his pregame announcement. By sweeping Quincy (25-23, 25-17, 25-15) Thursday night, Ball State secured its third-straight and 24th-overall Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season title.

Ball State Men's Volleyball gathers after a play against Penn State Feb. 2 at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals lost 3-0 against the Lions. Mya Cataline, DN

Ball State stumbles against McKendree for 1st MIVA loss

The Cardinals dropped a three-set battle (28-30, 23-25, 21-25) to McKendree (5-4, 2-1 MIVA) inside the Bearcats’ Melvin Price Convocation Center. The loss not only brought Ball State’s winning ways against McKendree to a halt, but it also marked the red and white’s first setback of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) this season.