In the forest of 6 feet, 4 inches; 6 feet, 6 inches all the way up to 6 feet, 8 inches, it’s 5-foot-10-inch senior libero Nick LaVanchy who speaks for the trees.
The Cardinals had a 1-0 lead in the first set. They actually had a 1-0 lead in every set Friday. They just didn’t have the lead at the end of any of them. In its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, Ball State fell in straight sets (25-13, 25-18, 25-10) to No. 5 Nebraska.
The college football season is over for fans of the cardinal and white, but they shouldn’t be hanging their heads. Ball State finished the 2019 season at 5-7 — the best record it has finished with in the Mike Neu era. To go along with wrapping up the season, here are some of the Cardinals’ top aspects of the year.
The Cardinals were in the locker room, facing a 27-14 deficit to Mid-American Conference East Division Champion Miami (Ohio). When they ran back onto the field, a switch had been flipped. The Cardinals went on to score 27 unanswered points and only allow one first down in the second half, leading to a 41-27 victory.
The game clock read six seconds. The score read 41-38 in favor of Kent State. After those six seconds, Ball State had fallen to the Golden Flashes and lost its chances of going to a bowl game.