“They’re just a very good team. They do a lot of things well.” That’s what Ball State Men’s Volleyball head coach Joel Walton had to say about No. 4 UC Santa Barbara, who swept the Cardinals Saturday in the second contest of Ball State’s six-match road trip.
Notching 11 combined kills in last weekend’s season-opening victories, sophomore outside attacker Kaleb Jenness doubled that figure in Ball State Men’s Volleyball’s 3-2 win over California State Northridge Friday.
In the first-ever meeting between Ball State Men’s Volleyball and Queens, the Cardinals used depth to their advantage to sweep the Royals in night two of the Don Shondell Active Ankle Challenge.
In volleyball, many teams would describe a sweep on opening night as an ideal way to start a new season. Ball State Men’s Volleyball did just that Friday in a 3-0 victory over Belmont Abbey. However, head coach Joel Walton described his team’s offensive rhythm as “pretty mediocre.”
Coming off a quarterfinal exit in last season’s Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament, Ball State will rely on a greater sense of cohesion and an improved offense in hopes of gaining its first MIVA title since 2002.