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Cardinals survive late push from Tusculum behind Phillips’ career-high 16 kills

With fifth-year middle blocker Felix Egharevba and fifth-year outside attacker Kaleb Jeness unavailable, Phillips provided a boost on offense for Ball State Men’s Volleyball Saturday, with his career-high and team-high 16 kills. Early in the match, it seemed as though it would be the second straight sweep for the Cardinals (2-2, 0-0), who were up two sets to none on Tusculum (2-5, 0-0).

Ball State Men's Volleyball Head Coach Donan Cruz claps after the Cardinals score a point in NCAA Semifinals against Hawaii May 6 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Ball State lost to Hawaii 2-3. Amber Pietz, DN

Ball State falls in four sets in season opener against Hawaii

Heading on the road to play the No. 1 ranked team in the nation is how Ball State Men’s Volleyball spent their opening night for the 2023 season. In a four-set match, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-0, 0-0) took down the Cardinals (0-1, 0-0) in what is now the fourth match between the two programs in the last calendar year, with Ball State winning the first two in Worthen Arena and the Rainbow Warriors winning the third match in the semifinal of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball tournament.

Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills gestures towards the crowd during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Highmark Stadium on Nov. 13, 2022, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Isaiah Vazquez/Getty Images)

OPINION: What happens next for Damar Hamlin’s situation

If you ask anyone that plays football, most of them will tell you that injuries are an accepted consequence of playing the sport. And not just injuries like a rolled ankle. It’s injuries like a torn achilles, torn ACL or even concussions, all serious injuries, that players know are possible, and are willing to risk at the expense of pursuing their dreams. It’s accepted as the nature of the game, and it’s understood amongst the brotherhood of the NFL that these serious injuries could set them back. Some of the worst extremes of these accepted injuries amongst players have reared their ugly heads in Cincinnati, just as they did on Monday Night Football.

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